I think it's basically a 2 ply cosmetic finish over maple, and I love what I've seen of it, as done by Tama.
These are actually Walnut and the tonal differences between all three Star wood series are noticeable. The copper snare would be an interesting sonic combination as well as aesthetic.So what snare will you use? The matching Maple or that awesome Star Reserve Copper? I think the copper would look great with that kit.