in the Inde vid , which myth is dispelled? All I heard was donk donk donk ...
Maybe try headphones, the difference is hard to miss; clearly the ply'd shell has greater shell resonance and tone compared to SS or stave (I imagine would further exaggerate on a rimshot wallop). We know nothing of the shell thicknesses in this video though which may not be apples to apples (that stave is probably not thin at all). From what I see, many SS come use 1/4" (6.35mm) but some may vary from 4.5-9mm (or maybe more?).
Nonetheless, the notion of pure/clear SS tone and greater resonance is being over-romanticized by marketing; clearly not all SS are equal yet we are saturated with many $1000 SS options. I believe NC word within their own shell line as their all their products are consistent top of the line and are able to A/B but I would take their ply'd snare over many SS that I hear across the market. However, I can't disagree that there are a few SS snares that sound exception with immaculate build quality and are special. Personally I put 'value' as playability (not a collection piece) so a $2500 private reserve instrument that sits in a glass case and afraid to gig with is a bit sad.
When I read the description of their steam bent drums on DCP, it says “no re rings”
Canopus has a walnut and bubinga 1 ply that has no RF I believe; I wonder if the cross-seam construction is different. Good to know that Craviotto does same species RF if preferred, I saw a few walnut SS with maple RF that had me wondering.