What a blast it was to make this thing! Based on a Hinger Space Tone Snare, the customer who commissioned this amazing instrument opted for a Solid Curly Red Oak shell, upgraded DW TrueHoops, a Pearl Symphonic 3-way Strainer/Butt (with two vents, one each behind the strainer and butt), and a Kentville Kangaroo Hide batter head. WOW! The drum is incredibly responsive! From the crisp wires for a Symphonic Pops concert to the barky (synthetic) guts for a Sousa March, not to mention the Snappy Snares for a "Normal" snare sound, playing around with the sonic possibilities is a delight!
What about when you split open the shell? I thought it'd sound deeper, never having played a real Space Tone before to know what to expect. Two things: LOUDER and much more snare response. The fundamental tone doesn't really deepen much, but it's like taking off the blanket you didn't know was there. FUN! 7x14; solid 1ply curly red oak; shiny wax.