Man, I've been playing a set of Tama Imperial Stars I bot in the early 80's. Great set... industrial, tough, and with a solid sound that kicks butt. BUT... is it true??? Are these skins really made of &(#$*&* POPLAR? Poplars a weed (i wouldn't advise smoking however), a mere cottonwood, a nuisance tree, a wood that I've always thought of as truely challened when compared to other woods. Hell, it ain't even suitable for burning in the fireplace! LOL. Laughs on me I guess. I've had this great set all these years and thought they might be of some exotic, or at least, TRUE hardwood. But POPLAR? Is it true??? Guess I'll read the label next time.