Wood is overrated. It's maybe 20% of a drum's sound. Ray Ayotte says it's only 15%. If you like the sound of your drums, then they sound good no matter what they're made from.
The later Pearl Exports were. I believe the Forums are as well.Do any of the major companies use 100% poplar on a kit?
Pearl ceased production of Exports last year. They were replaced by Visions, which come in three types: all birch, all maple, and birch-poplar-birch.As I stated before, Pearl was advertising their Export drums as being made from 100% Poplar plies for a few years, but they've gone back to using the descriptive of "Select Hardwoods" now.