Your ears are correct. According to wiki, Tulipwood (Liriodendron tulipfera) isn't actually related to 'poplar despite the 'yellow poplar' or 'tulip poplar' title. From what I see, it has a higher janka (~540) too compared to a white poplar (350-420) though I'm not sure exactly what species is well known in the drum world (maybe N. American Populus tremuloides?).
A couple of observations;
To my ears, most kits sound good miced up
With just the room mics these drums sound good but not that special
Shane is a better salesman than a drummer
Thanks for the link. Something to look into for sure. Right now I'm just refurbishing already built drums for people. How'd you know about my woodworking?Here is a class where you make your own stave drum. Maybe you could bring your own wood. Since you know woodworking, you should be able to make your own anyway at home.
From Sticks To Snares: Building a Stave Snare Drum From Scratch With Sugar Percussion - DRUM! MagazineBY NICOLAS GRIZZLE Woodworking requires a certain set of skills. Woodworking for drums requires that, plus a good ear and a lot of practice. Sugar Percussion, a boutique drum company cranking out high-end snares and drum sets in Santa Cruz, California, is a shining example of this tenet. Sugar...drummagazine.com
Yeah it does look fun. Here's one I'd love to do.You’ve mentioned it before. The videos and the description make it sound like fun. If you don’t worry about matching outside grain, I think 32 smaller pieces could be sawn and glued together and make an interesting shell. You wouldn’t need a huge plank of wood.
Anyways, it is fun to think about it.
Mesquite is some pretty hard wood. I got 4+ acres of it, and it wears out the chains on my saw pretty quick.The trunks can get to about 18 inch diameter on both but generally around 14 inches is normal.