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  1. www.muse.mu

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    Default Poplar vs. Birch

    What are the main differences between Poplar and Birch? I am going to buy a drumset, and I can get it in either of these 2 woods, so I am wondering which is better for what sound.


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    I have no info on Poplar, but Birch has a lot of punch, and is high in pitch. You might say it's "Naturally EQ'd." I'd take Birch over Poplar anyday, even if it was only B grade wood.
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    Birch is used in Sessions series and a few others i think Masters...dunno. Poplar is used in all export series and its also used in the firecracker snares.
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    OK, the poplar set I am referring to is the Export set*. I have heard the firecracker snare and I love its crack, so can I expect the same thing from the poplar in the export shells?

    *I didn't say this in the beginning so as not to get biast answers- I still can't say the other drumset though. Later!


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    Tell us what sets you're looking at if you want any decent information. Rule of thumb says birch is better than poplar. ie session > export. However if you're comparing pearl poplar to sonor birch (or another inexpensive birch set) then it's an entire different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh Pwnerer
    Birch is used in Sessions series and a few others i think Masters...dunno. Poplar is used in all export series and its also used in the firecracker snares.
    1.) Sessions come in Maple and Birch.
    2.) Masters come in Maple, Birch, and Mahogany.

    If you want a great birch set, I recommend you check the Premier Artists series. I want one whenever I get some money.
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    birch to me sounds loads better

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    Poplar is a softer wood with a slightly drier, warmer tone with a little less projection than birch. Poplar is used a lot by drum manufacturers: for exampe, Ludwig and Slingerland used poplar for the thickest middle ply in thier older drums. It's used in the obvious modern Pearls and older Sonors, too. It's not as pretty as birch when looking at the grain in the wood.
    Generally, birch is a more 'modern' choice since it has more or less boiled down to birch or maple on the high end kits, but poplar is a great sounding wood as well that costs a little less, too.
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    ^ all good points but if I were looking at two kits of the same price and the only difference was the wood.. I would definately pick birch.

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    However if you're comparing pearl poplar to sonor birch (or another inexpensive birch set) then it's an entire different story
    I dont know why people say stuf flike that. Just cause you can get a birch kit for the same price as the Export doesnt mean that the construction is **** or that the wood is way inferior.
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    I could be wrong, but I'm going to assume from your choice between Poplar or Birch, you comparing an Export to either a Sonor Birch or Tama Superstar...

    You have already stated that one of the sets is a Pearl Export. I personally, would take Birch over Poplar anyday. Poplar isnt bad, I just much prefer the projection and tonal qualities of Birch over Poplar.

    However, the quality of the drums as a whole is a big factor here as well. That said, an Export rules over most of all the other competition due to its exceptional quality, hardware, and Pearl reliabilty. IMHO, the only other intermediate level drums that can compete against the Exports are the Tama Superstars (birch shells).
    This may be the other kit your referring to, I dont know. In any case, the Superstars rise above the Exports in terms of overall quality. Birch/Basswood shells, sound-bridge hi-tension lugs, diecast hoops, Starcast mounting system (not that great, but better than Export ISS), and high-end Roadpro hardware... all for a price just slightly above what you will pay for an Export.

    Even if your not considering the Tama's, I'd highly recommend them. If not, the Exports are leaps above anything else in the price range...
    Bottom line... Tama Superstars > Exports ... Exports > Anything Else ...

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