Poplar has been sandwiched between mahogany and maple plies for decades to build the most famous drums on the planet. Poplar gave the shells roundness and tone. Maybe Ludwig had it all wrong for 75 yrs +To be honest I haven’t played the Pork Pie so I don’t even know. I’m basing it off of wood material and price. The Pork Pie is cheaper and uses Poplar which I always associate with budget kits. I had a lil squealer snare drum that I didn’t like but that was also based on size. 12” is too small for a snare drum and I’m not an auxiliary snare kinda guy.