Cherry is a bright, hard wood, with decent sustain. I think the main reason it doesn’t get used much is because it’s expensive, not very common, and doesn’t grow very large.thank you - good help re: thinner heads, loose snares etc...so cherry is good re: high to medium tuning in a shallow depth? (I know and understand what you're saying re: piccolo = dryer)
I bet the shell was really thick.I would suggest auditioning the Birch, Cherry or Purple Heart models and decide for yourself between those three.
My personal vote would be for the Cherry primarily because of its tone in that size snare drum.
But the loudest cracking piccolo I've ever heard was a segmented Outlaw Purple Heart cranked way up. That thing would take your head off.
Density varies TREMENDOUSLY within even a single species. I’ve got some purpleheart sticks that feel bizarrely heavy and stiff. I’ve got another pair, pretty much the same size, that are close to maple in weight and flex.It's not so much the thickness of the shell as it is the mass that makes a difference in projection/volume. So of those woods, assuming the same thickness, purpleheart would be the densest and heaviest. I'm not clear, though, on whether these are ply shells. If so, would that be all-purpleheart, or just an outer ply? I haven't seen details on this model.