Maple - Birch Comparison

 

I was fortunate enough to have in the M13 studio a Keller shelled maple kit built buy James Walker of www.malletjazz.com.  The set was virtually identical to my birch Premier Genistas that handle most of my gigging and recording.  Having always wanted a maple kit, I was anxious to hear how the Kellers compared to the birch kit in the same sizes.  While there are differences (as the following recording will demonstrate) there are far more similarities.   I thought I would record both kits and let my ears be the judge as opposed to some ad copy in a magazine.  The results are as follows:

        All kits recorded with:

                        2 Sennheiser 421s on the rack toms

                        1 Sennheiser 421 on the floor tom

                        1 Sennheiser 602 on the bass drum

                        1 Sure SM57 on the snare drum

                        1 pair of Audio Technica 4041 overheads

Set One (Heard first on recording)


Keller Maple Shells:

Drums:

            8x7 tom, 10x7 tom, 14x14 floor tom

            20x16 bass drum

(12x8 tom not recorded for sake of direct comparison)

            14x5.5 Tempus fiberglass snare drum


Heads: Toms: Evans Clear G1

            Bass Batter: Evans EQ 3

            Bass Resonant: Aquarian Regulator

            Snare: Aquarian Texture Coated

Set Two (Heard second on recording)



Premier Genista: Birch Shells

Drums:

            8x8 tom, 10x9 tom, 14x14 floor tom

            20x16 bass drum

            14x5.5 Tempus fiberglass snare drum


Heads: Toms: Evans Clear G1

            Bass Batter: Evans EQ 4

            Bass Resonant: Logo w/ glued tone ring.

            Snare: Aquarian Texture Coated

Cymbals: All by Paiste including a: 20” Dry Reflector Ride, 16” Blue letter 602 thin crash, 17” Dark Energy thin crash 14” Sound creation hi-hats.

Conclusion:  Birch is often referred to as “Naturally EQed” I never quite ‘got’ that until this project.  Birch seems to have the highs cut back and an EQ bump at ~ 500hz.  The maples seem to represent more evenly across their entire tonal range. 

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Maple-Birch_files/Maple_Birch.mp3