The last Generation Club Custom snares were made from Kapur - an Indonesian hardwood that is actually harder than Rock Maple on the Janka scale.
Luan as previously stated is not a true mahogany. Drum makers uses it because it is cheap and plentiful. It is not particularly very hard and is mainly used on lower priced kits. I would pass on a snare made from Luan.
also scores higher on the Janka Scale than Hard or Sugar Maple
Balau is part of the species Shorea and falls into the group of woods that, collectively, are known as "Luan".
I notice with the older MIJ drums, the wood looks a little different and the sound is a bit different, compared to something that may have been carved in the last 20-30 years.
Could be those drums were more specific
in the variations of Luan they used then (maybe a thin Balau inner ply?), as opposed to how they're made today.
...JMHO, but I wonder if C&C is doing something similar.
Edited by Elvis, 07 January 2017 - 02:15 AM.