Help me with my wood?

Rotarded

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I am picking up this snare shortly and the owner is not quite certain what wood it is. I have my suspicions, but ask your opinions.

An email to DW yielded no info as they stated they had no records from the time the drum was made (2000).

I hesitate to ask on DW Facebook forums because I typically have the asshats come out of the woodwork to berate me when I have posted inquiries, after due diligence in research. I'm mostly a Ludwig guy, I'm used to the same questions being asked ad nauseum, and the community actually cares to answer constructively.

Your observations and opinions are appreciated.
 

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Here’s a Cherry -
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I’m still leaning toward Maple, with a possible Cherry lol. Yours has more of the classic golden amber maple color, but that doesn’t mean anything with a finished wood. Just looks Maple-y to me, but they can look awfully similar.
 

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She’s maple... Is it a Craviotto?
Yes it is a Craviotto. It just seems a bit reddish for maple, especially the interior, and the pitch pockets/gum spots in the wood is confusing as well.
My guess was Cherry, like you mentioned in your 2nd post
 

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It’s hard to tell if there’s a shadow from the hoops in the pics, or if there’s a distinctly darker, reddish section near the hoop. That would be very Cherry. But if it’s a shadow, idk. Maple will have lighter/darker figuring, but Cherry will usually have distinctly reddish hues contrasting with the more typical Maple colors. Usually.
 

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It’s a beautiful drum whatever it is, looks in great shape too.

The area that looks like it could be reddish darker wood is right beneath the badge... Is that a good sized reddish streak or a shadow from the pic?
 

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Looks like cherry to me. I thought maple at first considering its vintage, then you said it was steam bent and a Crav shell, so I instantly thought, not maple, likely cherry.
 

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Solid cherry? Sweet Craviotto....I have two DW C's in 5x14 and 6.5x14 both in maple.....
 

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Sure looks like cherry to me. If you can take a lug off and look underneath it will hold a clue. If the wood is much lighter in color where the lug was covering that's supporting evidence that it's cherry. Cherry responds to UV by darkening.
 

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That's Cherry Wood. The grain run shows it. Cherry is a beautifully wood for sensitivity. I had an N&C Solid Cherry some years back. A beautifully warm and sensitive drum.
 


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