After meticulous and protracted deliberation, I've summoned the conviction to leap from the proverbial fence and order a Music City Custom snare drum: 14"x5" in walnut. The decision wasn't without its trials, but in the end, walnut's tonal warmth, generous tuning range, and stunning aesthetics won the war. Maple is a staple, but its commonality was also a deficiency in this case. Walnut's scarcity pleaded for my attention, and I answered in the affirmative. Soon, we will be one.
Below is an image from Pearl's website of the exact model/design I ordered:
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The drum will arrive late tomorrow or Saturday. I'll post more pics to this thread upon reception.
Thanks to everyone who reviewed the demos I submitted. I do appreciate your input.