That's what I was thinking regarding the Tamas I had. No scientific explanation though, just a hunch. Weather does get yo-yo-like here on the southeastern coast, and particularly humid in the summer.I wonder if areas with a lot of weather/humidity changes has a bigger effect?
That is always the tricky question but judging by Shane's video in the previous page, it looks like it is all made in Nashville. Inside the shell it says "Handcrafted in the USA". I will take their word for it I guess
Strange. I have both a solid Star Maple and a solid Star Mahogany and have never experienced change in tuning.I've had Nashville Slingerland RKs that held their tuning all year long; same for a George Way Advance. But, I once had both a Tama Star Maple and a Star Mahogany, and they were both all over the place on any given day. Drove me crazy. Sometimes they'd go down super low, other times tight as a timbale. I ended up selling both purely for that reason. Great drums otherwise.
I figured it's more likely for them to make these shells where they make Reference, Masterworks, etc, but with a low volume product like these solid shells it's possible they may have a separate manufacturing location. Pearl also seems to be ramping up the Music City Custom offerings and these snares are kind of a flagship model since they're not wrapped like the kits.Given that they start with the made shell and show the other aspects of the manufacturing process, it's a safe bet they are not steam bending the shells in Nashville.
Many or all of their metal-shelled snare drum shells are sub-contracted out to factories in Taiwan and China. I'm pretty sure they are also not making the acrylic shells for their Crystal Beat drums.I thought Pearl did all their own stuff.
Listen to what Shane actually says in the video... made in Nashville, where Pearl headquarters is... Craviotto is now located in Nashville. He never actually said that Pearl is making the shells.Timely video - just came out today. It confirms what Murat's Pearl rep said: handmade in Nashville, TN.