My review compares this Yamaha stage custom birch to all the great drums I have played over the last forty years. Good volume, birch is lighter than oak maple and mahogany, easy to move and set up. Tone is very good with new ambassador coated heads. Finish is excellent, on par with high end drums. The few weak points so far would be all the screws inside the drums are black instead of chrome. The rims are kinda thin but may hold up well. Tom mount not as good as Tama or Gretsch but better than Pearl. The snare drum included is excellent, also birch. I like chrome snares but this could be my favorite snare, it just sounds so right. Over all best value in drums under $1000.