There are those that would have you believe that a thin ply drum resonates more. Boy, if that were only the case. Thin shells are simply less expensive to make. Sure, tap a thin shell and it gives you a lower fundamental note. But that has little to do with what the drum will sound like with heads on it. You see, you play the heads not the shell. Try this experiment: String up a super thick Les Paul with an E string. Now string up a really thin archtop with an E string. Surprise! They both tune to an E. The thinness — or thickness — of the shell does not determine the drum’s pitch. Thin shells are muddy and park the heads in one tonal place. Limiting. Thicker shells, however, are more rigid, project far better, and provide a far greater tuning range. Which is why our Ply Series shells are a minimum 10 plies with optional 10-ply reinforcement rings. More expensive to make? You bet. These are real drums. Want toys? Consider everything else.