Drum Shell – Birch
Birch drum shells are probably the most common ones on the market today. Birch trees are abundant, which allows the wood to be sold at a lower price. You can find both low-end and high-end birch drum sets, simply because it is an easy wood to find and work with. Birch wood is especially known for it’s tonal qualities, with peaks in the high and low end frequencies. Birch drums tend to sound full and round, with plenty of projection. As a standard for wood drum sets, going with birch drum shells is a sound choice.
Birch comes in two varieties: yellow and white. Yellow birch is a pale yellow-to-white wood with reddish-brown heartwood, whereas white birch has a whiter color that resembles maple. Both types of birch have a hardness of 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Birch is readily available and less expensive than many other hardwoods. Among the hardest shell woods, birch has a bright sound nd a sharp transient attack. The volume possible with birch makes it a pick for drummers in loud live settings.