Solid Hardwoods


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THE JANKA SCALE
The Janka hardness test measures the average resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28mm (.444 in) steel ball into wood to half the ball’s diameter. This method leaves an indentation. This helps to show how dense each particular wood is and it’s relation to drum tones. The higher the Janka number, the harder the wood. This usually increases high end tones, less resonance and more crack or bite in tone and volume. Softer woods are deeper sounding, more resonance and less volume and attack. This is a guide and is only part of many factors for final drum sounds.

WEIGHT
The weight of the individual board is measured by approximate pounds per cubic foot. The weight of the shell has similar attributes as what the Janka Scale provides to drum tones. A denser wood usually is a lighter weight wood, thus a similar sound description.


MAPLE
WEIGHT = 45 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1450
SERIES = Ply, Solid, Stave, Segment

A typical wood drum standards. Maple solid wood has a denser, richer tone compared to maple ply. Color is a typical soft tan with small linear light brown grain patterns. Maple is still considered the medium standard for drum sound. A warm, clear tone that has great lows and great highs and a soft mid ranged focus.

WALNUT
WEIGHT = 40 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1010
SERIES = Ply, Solid, Stave, Segment

Growing fast as a new poplar drum wood. Walnut has a rich chocolate brown color with nice dark brown to black grain streaks. It is a softer open pored wood that helps create it’s sound. It is softer and much darker sounding than maple, yet extremely warm and less volume.

PADAUK
WEIGHT = 46 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1970
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A bright orange and crimson colored wood that darkens over time to a deeper dark red with almost purplish hues. A nice tropical wood with very straight, interlocking grain patterns and a medium dense wood with deep open random pores. A great sounding wood that is somewhat louder in volume yet has a warm tones and plenty of high end crack.

PURPLEHEART
WEIGHT = 61 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1860
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A vibrant and rich, exotic purple color wood with tight grain and a consistent look. This exotic wood goes great for a purple accent stripe or a full color shell. It is a heavy wood that produces a bright, cutting sound. Great for high end crack and drummers looking for better rimshots and cutting snare drums.

ASH
WEIGHT = 43 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1320
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

We typically use white ash that has a soft yellow to cream color that has very deep pores and running heavy grain. The wood is very open grained yet is still very dense and course. It has a very controlled tone yet is still very warm. A touch less low end than maple and is very mid ranged.

ZIRCOTE
WEIGHT = 54 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 2240
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

BIRDSEYE MAPLE
WEIGHT = 46 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1460
SERIES = Ply, Solid, Stave, Segment

Identical to regular stock maple. Birdseye maple has a rare wood grain that is highly sought after by all woodworkers. Some of the most amazing figuring and grain patterns all packed into one wood. Tight knots sporadically highlight this wood while highly figured curly and quilted splash the background.

AFRICAN MAHOGANY
WEIGHT = 35 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 830
SERIES = Ply, Solid, Stave, Segment

A great vibrant reddish brown color with lots of highlights ranging from amber to yellow to orange with deep dark red undertones. The grain is straight and pores are open. The softness of this wood helps add a very warm, fat sound which is why it has been used for ply shells for decades. Enhanced low end and mid range with much less high end compared to maple.

BUBINGA
WEIGHT = 65 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1980
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A unique wood that is in the African exotic family. It has rich browns with lots of deep red and amber highlights to sometimes purplish. The grain patterns are what give this wood it’s unique appearance. Grain runs long and sometimes curves to straight and wavy. Bubinga is a great hardwood that has amazing tone with great dark energy. It has a defined tone for all low end and clear mid range. It has good attack yet is a touch darker and controlled compared to maple.

COCOBOLO
WEIGHT = 65 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1136
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A very unique wood for it’s appearance and it’s sound. The color of this rare wood can range from deep red to orange with lots of black and brown streaks that swirl and curve around the wood. It is a very fine wood that has some deep pores but is relatively tight and smooth. Cocobolo is killer acoustic wood to work with. It has tons of tone from bright to dark and very dynamic. It is well known for it’s sensitivity in the orchestral market.

WENGE
WEIGHT = 57 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 2240
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

OAK
WEIGHT = 46 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1320
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

Oak has widely been used for cabinetry and flooring. A classic hardwood that has a great, classic grain character that is open and porous similar to Ash yet much more pronounced with darkness. A very cutting wood that is very mid focused and pronounced. Great for live music and playing in larger venues or outside. It is more punchy than ash or maple but on the bright side.

EBONY
WEIGHT = 76 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 3220
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A very expensive hard solid wood that is well known for it’s very dark color and hardness. It’s sapwood can sometimes contain some soft almost “bleached” look to add a rich contrast of color. One of the hardest yet most widely used exotics. Well known as a staple wood for guitar fretboards. The sound is very bright and less resonant due to it’s extreme hardness.

ZEBRAWOOD
WEIGHT = 51 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 2097
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

SOFT MAPLE
WEIGHT = 35 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 800
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

CHERRY
WEIGHT = 36 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 995
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

CANARYWOOD
WEIGHT = 47 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 2000
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

A very warm amber with hints of yellow and orange color. Typically streaked with light to dark red and brown with fine straight grain. It is a hard exotic wood and very strong. The sound is bright with a loud crack but good body.

BIRCH
WEIGHT = 43 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1470
SERIES = Ply, Solid, Stave, Segment

BEECH
WEIGHT = 40 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 1300
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment

BOCOTE
WEIGHT = 50 lbs/cu ft. avg
JANKA SCALE = 2200
SERIES = Solid, Stave, Segment


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