Yeah, it’s definitely a unique process of altering the wood that makes it way more pliable. Can you tell how the separate wood pieces are joined? Are they glued?Got this one today, Walnut edges, maple center. each section is steam bent. The wood is compressed before bending. No one else dose this. Is it hype? LOL Nope, They do sound different then regular steam bent. Kinda between wood and metal drums. Very bright, This is my second one like this. I have an all walnut one too. Is it a sound everyone will like? Beats me.