Natal’s Originals series all feature the same hardware and look, simply distinguished by the choice of different woods and finishes for the shells. Now the Café Racer sees the debut of tulipwood. But tulip is a flower, you say. Ah, yes, but in eastern USA tulipwood trees reach over 100 feet into the sky and tulipwood is actually a well-known timber in the furniture/joinery trades, apparently used as a cheaper substitute for cherry and walnut.
Tulipwood is known also as American yellow poplar, although confusingly it is not related to the poplar tree. This so-called yellow poplar has long been used in drum construction, famously as the inner ply in classic American mahogany and maple shells from the 1950s/’60s.
Tulipwood is sustainably harvested in the eastern USA and Canada and is widely available. The shells are six plies, 6.9mm thick
16"x16" FLOOR TOM
22"x18" BASS DRUM