Exotic woods have been used to make drums for many years With more than 3,300 species of timber out in the wild, the potential for new sounds is almost limitless. Each type of wood produces its own unique sound when molded into a cylinder and made into a drum shell, so it’s best to consider which style of music you play and which type of sound will be the best match.
Maple: Even amount of highs and mids, slightly warm lows. All-purpose.
Birch: Boosted high frequencies, slightly reduced mid range, good low-end punch. Loud and cutting.
Mahogany: Muted highs, smooth mid range, warm/rich low end. Vibrant and resonant.
Walnut: Equal amount of highs, mids, and lows. Big and warm.
Oak: Soft highs, good amount of mid range, slightly warm lows. All-purpose with fairly quick decay
Beech: Pronounced highs and mids, good low-end punch. Sensitive and focused.
Cherry: Boosted highs, punchy midrange, average low end. Bright and sensitive.
Bubinga: Even amount of highs and mids, rich low end. Sensitive and punchy.
Poplar: Soft highs and mids, boosted low-end warmth. Smooth and eve.
Ash: Pronounced, warm highs and mids, average low end. Throaty and warm.