I have a good friend that has a Export kit with maple shells, including the matching snare. You can really hear the difference. They're so much warmer sounding than any other export kit I played/heard. They sound and feel like pro level shells.Export seems to have always been a hodge-podge of whatever wood was cheap that particular year, but Philippine Mahogany was the overwhelming standard for most of the 20+ years the Exports were around. Sometimes with a birch (or some other smooth wood) inner ply, and some all poplar shells towards the end (when the lacquer finishes came around) but maple seems to be just about the only wood never used in the Exports.
And just to be clear, I'm no Export expert, I just know how to read:
Um, there are 4+ types of mounting arms in existence. Yamaha has one, Mapex has a similar one, Pearl and others have the tube arms, Tama and many others have their l-rods, and DW has thicker l-rods. To switch to a different mounting system would take huge amounts of cash, become a massive annoyance for compatibility, and remove a level of brand recognition from their drums.Are they also getting rid of those stupid tubular tom arms? You know how you can by a tom from any other manufacturer, and whatever suspension mount they use will fit on a Tama, Gibraltar or whatever tom stand? I just bought some Pearl toms off of ebay, and either I get some different suspension mounts, or I have to buy a stand with those stupid tube holders. Uncool!
I would wholeheartedly agree with you there, although I would have a difficult time buying any PDP over a Pearl.That's what I'm saying! Why not get a Stage Custom or PDP Concept in this price-range?