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Need new drums, should I get Birch or Maple

Discussion in 'Drums' started by crispytheone88, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. I would like to get a new drum set that would be easier to record. I currently own a mid level older Premier kit, and it sounds good, but is getting old, and I would like to replace it

    so what is esier to record, Birch or Maple

    just FYI I love toms that sustiain a bit., not a short thump
  2. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Birch/Maple/Oak/MDF (ok not that)

    Have a bash on some different kits. If you like the sound buy the kit.

    Any engineer who knows what their doing should be able to get a decent sound out of most kits provided they are well looked after.
  3. 132435

    132435 Guest

    Generally, maple drums give you a brighter sound and maybe more sustain. Birch drums are a little darker and shorter sounding. I'd go with maple drums, and if you find that they ring to much for you, you could go always get thicker heads to dampen them a little. If you go with the birch drums it'd be alot harder to add sustain if you feel that they don't ring enough.
  4. I will probably get the Maple kit, thanks
  5. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    I would go Maple.

    What's your price range, maybe we can help you out with what models to look out for?
  6. Well I have recently heard two Pacific Maple kits, and both have sounded pretty good. I really don't have the money to get a total kick ass drum set(see Tama StarClassic), but am hoping to pick up a good sounding Maple kit either used or new
  7. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    I would go birch, FWIW.

    A Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage Nouveau with a set of Evans G2 heads or a set of Remos will run you about $700 and is the best bang for the buck this side of $1500.

    Get the fusion size 10/12/14/22.

    You won't regret it.
  8. jsanfilippo5

    jsanfilippo5 Guest

    how about a fiberglass vistalite from ludwig - i just got one - i lov eit and it is a dream to record!
  9. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Yamaha does make some great kits, however I think one company has topped them for best bang for the buck.

    Check out Taye drums, (http://www.taye.com) they are GREAT drums for the price! I love em.

  10. 132435

    132435 Guest

    In my opinion, the pacifics would be a great choice. I own the Pacific CX set, and trust me, it sounds great. The stock heads are pretty bad though, so i'd try and replace them with something better, and take the time to tune them well.
  11. Oh, no matter the set, ALL of the factory heads will be gone. Remo or Evans heads on all the toms, Aqaruim bass drum heads, and Evans snare heads, same as my own kit now

    As for Taye, I looked into them awile ago, and agree, they make some very nice kits, but last time I checked, they have a maple series drumkit, but the $ asked is not much less than any other brand (see Tama or Pearl). I was very happy with what I heard from the Pacific kits, but again my mind is far from made up, all I know at this piont, is Maple, although I know I like the sound of Birch
  12. Rimshot

    Rimshot Guest

    I have a set of Yamaha Recoding Customs (birch) and they sound incredible.. the toms and bass sound are just awesome - deep and full with perfect sustain. I hear drum sounds on the radio and think those toms sound just like mine live off the floor (yet they are probably eQ'd and compressed etc). Maple is great as well and probably a bit cheaper. Either way you can't go wrong.. I would imagine those Ludwig Vistalites are very LOUD (being polycarbonate). Some of the best sounding drums I've ever heard were fiberglass (Milestone)..but I'd still take my birch Yams anyday just for that magical sounding WOW factor...
  13. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    re drums

    omg, you have to check out RMV drums, they are brazillian made and you balpeva wood which the consider "brazilian maple".

    check this out, i went to my local drum store, (all they sell are drums) and i see this kit up by the counter and i had only heard of it once before and it was the only rmv kit they had instock so i asked for a stick and i hit the toms and cream cream cream, thats how the toms sounded like total cream, small toms with some good fullness to them, and for a 5 peice kit (including snare) was only $699, now when i went into that drum store that day i wasn't planning on buying anything, and i left that day with a new rmv drum kit, oh by the way their drum heads are amazing too, i just wish they weren't short supplied here in the states, it sucks they're from brazil because of the lack of avaliblity of some of their product. and I love the snare, I have a nice dw collectors wood 14x6 and a dw nickle 14x5 and i love recording my 14x5.5 wood rmv snare which is way cheaper in cost than those dw snares but the kit is not that loud, in my opinion is more of a recording/live venue with lots of mics kit. you should check them out, here this onlince retail has clips of their different kits http://www.indoorstorm.com/store.php?cPath=7_155&osCsid=f56e6c5afc19c26a7b2dc4473c4dd72f cool stuff and for the price, man I'll tell you what, i couldn't be happier with my kit. and the money i saved

  14. Crimsoncr

    Crimsoncr Guest

    ayotte drums are the best, custom made

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