At a recent show in Springfield, Ohio (Clark State U) I was given the choice of a number of kits from the backline co., but the tech suggested I give this 1968 mahogany shell Psychedelic Red kit a go. I was not disappointed! It tuned up easily and had a very full sound. I'm not particularly adept at describing drum sounds, but compared to maple, I would say slightly less attack with a rounder sound? Lots of fun to play, and the Black Beauty snare was sweet, too. I'd be interested to hear some of your thoughts about mahogany kitshow do you think they compare with maple?