Yeah those Forums coming out of that China factory.. and I really don't know if that is a Contractor or not. .. The Decades have China on the badge as well and I could only assume it is the same factory as Forum etc.. Utility Snares are also out of a China factory and I am just guessing that they are all coming out of the same place..unless there are multiple China facilities which I doubt.All my recent experiences with the Forum and below have been disappointing. I wish I could recommend them to my students, but I just can't.
By contrast, if I read you right, the Decades are being made in the same factory? I recently bought a Modern Utility snare (14x8) and it is just a phenomenal snare for the money. It's my assumption that it's basically the same as a Decade Maple, but I don't know this for sure.
I know some of the stuff is fine just like your Snare.. but you just have to be a little more careful IMO with those products... Check out the shell and edges with the heads off.. look at the seams..