Patrik is notorious for his HIGH tuning. Most SQ2 Maples won't sound like that. Your suggestion of the down range SQ1's to Stroker is very sensible. Same goes for Prolites if looking for maple or Vintage Series for beech. If you have a keen eye and wait for some sales, you can get a great kit in those ranges and save about two to three thousand over a similar spec SQ2 provided you can "get by" with the available finishes and pre-spec'd sizes. My take on SQ2's is that you're either mad at your money or you have too much of it. There are some beautiful SQ2 kits though I can't justify the expenditure.Sonor SQ2s are my dream kit. I'm very jealous.
Have you considered saving a bunch of money and getting the SQ1s instead? SQ1s will sound virtually identical to the SQ2 birch, just without all the finish options.
You REALLY should consider Maple SQ2s though...because unlike Maple kits from other companies, they have the best articulation I've ever heard out of Maple...it's as if they put the articulation of Birch into the Maple shells. Lots of resonance, and yet fast notes won't sound muddy.
I'd score the SQ2 Maples at 9/10 or 10/10 in every category you can think of like Tone, Warmth, Articulation, Resonance, you name it. Except Price. Price gets a 2/10, haha.
Here's an example of Maple SQ2s