Technically, Zelkovas have no ply. I posted my pic to showcase my N&C Cherry.
The Zelkova has his own unique tone; it's articulate and sharp, but also very warm.
It's a great snare and it's Japanese craftsmanship at his best.
Thanks! Sizes are 10X8, 14X14, 18X15.
This kit has a controlled, organic, warm and surprisingly dry tone. The look, finish and quality of construction are excellent. The wood hoops make the drum drier, warmer and quieter. It has a great tuning range and sounds good with any heads. The 18x15 bass...
I prefer 13" snares as auxiliary snare, but they're perfectly fine as main snare.
The 13X6.5 Yamaha Musashi Oak mentioned earlier in this thread offers terrific value for the money.
I preferred it to the more expensive Yamaha Steve Jordan and Akira Jimbo Signature snares.
Here are my two 13"...
I prefer 14X6.5 cast snares, but I own a 14X4 Kenner Custom Aluminum that I like very much. It has a dry and neutral tone and a nice crack. It's extremely responsive and has a sharper tone than a Ludwig LM400. I did a comparison with a 14X5 DW Cast Aluminum and I preferred the Kenner by a large...