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    I know Asian maple is less expensive than American maple and all the high-end maple kits have American, but is there a difference in sound? Does an Asian maple kit actually sound that much different from an American maple kit? Just wondering.
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    Since the Asian maple is a looser grain and softer wood, it varies.

    Asian maple will sound like maple, but not quite as powerful. Also, American rock maple will have a bit more low end energy because it's more rigid.

    The best examples, Asian maple will be anywhere from 7/10 to 9/10 compared to a similar American maple shell.

    Compare Catalina maple Gretsch to renown... very, very close.
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    The best is Canadian maple! The extra cold climes create a superior maple tree. Scientific fact. The Maple leaf is our flag for a reason. LOL

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    The Maple leaf is our flag for a reason. LOL

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    hmmmm....maple leaf....??..

    All joking aside..your just angry cuz America stole William Shatner from Canada..LOL (joke)


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    Quote Originally Posted by kay-gee View Post
    The best is Canadian maple! The extra cold climes create a superior maple tree. Scientific fact. The Maple leaf is our flag for a reason. LOL

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    Yeah really... don't tell anyone but "Keller North American Rock Maple shells" made in New Hampshire, USA...are from Canadian lumber... as are most shells that say that.

    Not once does Keller state "American"... it's always "North American" as to encompass Canada.


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    Since we began making drum shells for Rogers Drum Company in the 1960’s, our traditional line has been constructed from high-quality North American Maple veneers.


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    ^ Nothing shonky going on there at all. Canada has a cooler climate than the US generally, and as such is a better environment for growing maple.

    In answer to the threadstarters question - No, they dont sound significantly different, but they certainly FEEL different. The harder maple from Canada has better projection and sensitivity, and can usually be machined more accurately to give a wider tuning range.

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    if only they grew maple in alaska
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    hey guys, i was just reading this post on maple`s.. i was wondering, do you think there is much difference? i have often too wondered about different maples of the same family but from different areas around the world and if their really is much difference?.. ps dont drummers talk about the most wonderfull topics, you never hear a guitarist or keys man discussing his woods or how his keys feel to him, fantastic!!!!!!!
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    There's a difference but most won't notice it, and the audience won't either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesizmor View Post



    hmmmm....maple leaf....??..

    All joking aside..your just angry cuz America stole William Shatner from Canada..LOL (joke)


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    Quote Originally Posted by AL LOY View Post
    Yeah really... don't tell anyone but "Keller North American Rock Maple shells" made in New Hampshire, USA...are from Canadian lumber... as are most shells that say that.

    Not once does Keller state "American"... it's always "North American" as to encompass Canada.


    "Finest Materials
    Our solid relationships with respected providers of premium wood enable us to consistently access the finest materials. We use primarily North American Hard Maple, but work with other prime woods to meet your demands."

    "
    Since we began making drum shells for Rogers Drum Company in the 1960’s, our traditional line has been constructed from high-quality North American Maple veneers.


    Canadas just a suburb of USA

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    You can have him along with Anne Murrey



    good one

    we have maple , you have miami

    so you win and keep them both

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    Cannyd, I'm not a guitar player but over the years I've known quite a few. You might be surprised how many guitar players are very concerned about the wood in their guitars and guitar necks. An electric guitar with an ash body sounds very different from one with a maple body. I can't tell the difference but they can. So I wouldn't be surprised if guitar playeres couldn't tell the difference in our drums made from North American maple vs Asian maple. I also doubt how many drummers could pass a blindfold test between the two. John

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    I dont think Asian maple makes a much noticeable difference in sound but it might affect the tuning spread spectrum little bit being little more porous than "Proudly Canadian Maple" (Asian Maple grow faster than N.A. maple btw).


    Oh BTW Here's my Custom RimClick Wedge made of my backyard Canadian Sugar maple tree log

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    Oh BTW Here's my Custom RimClick Wedge made of my backyard Canadian Sugar maple tree log

    How many calories come with that?
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    There's a difference, but you would need dog ears to notice any big differences. With todays technology and machining methods, the gap between mid-level vs high end kits continues to shrink as knowledge expands. The biggest differences now a days is price and hardware. Even the finishes are almost equal, depending on which kits are compared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    How many calories come with that?



    I think it is as much as a cup of Maple syrup...
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