Re: Ironwood drum set
Personally, if you have ever visited Australia, you would know we are in no short supply of trees. A look out the back of my house will provide you with enough trees to fill every drum manufacturer in the world a few times over.
Also, the use of ironwood in wood truss and other rural industrial applications was fairly common (not anymore though). I wouldn't dare say that ironwood is rare, in all truth, id say maple is rarer.
In addition, in terms of aesthetics, Australian trees are some of the ugliest, gnarled and misshapen in the world.
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