Yeah, I heard that they had started making them when I went on holiday to Tokyo. Went to a couple of great drum shops there with the most amazing snare drum rooms. They had the four specialty Star snares which are the stave Walnut and Ash, and the solid shell Maple and Birch. For me it came down to the Stave Ash and the solid maple. Ended up getting the maple, but I'm going to head back some time next year and get the ash. I played them next to some Craviottos and personally preferred the Tama star sound. Great drums.