The Fusion Series gets better every time I play it! Never have I played drums that you can hear the fundamental tone of each tuning, no matter WHAT the volume or venue or genre - utterly brilliant!!! Sooooo musical. The Fusion has superb definition but incredible bottom end as well, normally something I expect to hear in maple shells. This just so why Liberty choose very carefully the woods they use. There is no doubt the birch for the fusion series is top quality. Even the band I played for tonight commented on how fantastic the snare sounded - drummers out there, I swear it you'll never buy drums better than this! Check out Liberty Drums website and see what's on offer!