Designed in conjunction with Franz Schindlbeck of the Berlin Philharmonic, these drums are constructed from 6-ply maple shells to achieve a uniquely dark yet versatile sound with exceptional response and projection. The snare system includes 3 nylon, 10 stainless steel, and 3 coated steel strands for a great response at all dynamics. The shallow snare bed offers a more even snare response. The K-type strainer produces no noise with a smooth action while the 30/45-degree double-cut bearing edges result in a very focused tone. The attractive Violin Sunburst finish looks as good as the drum sounds!