Being a bit of a builder myself, I have picked up a few things from the stanbridge site, thanks for that. I have never bought burl because it is very pricey to buy, even in raw form. And to get more than a few workable staves out of each burl would certainly be a challenge, this I think would explain a little why this model is considerably more than some of his other offerings. One of my favourites on his site though is the erosion snare, that is like nothing I have ever seen before.
Todd, there is a snare on your shelf similar in configuration to this one I built, (not quite complete here) it has darker hoops but is built in a like manner, can you tell me what that is?