What is your overall opinion of this product?
Bought this from AMS when it first came out in early 2012 to replace a Pearl Brass 6.5 x 14" snare and was concerned that I would lose the cut and volume of my previous metal-shelled snare. I was not disappointed in the slightest. This thing sounds killer, and I tune mine very high. I'd recommend replacing the snares with some higher quality ones (not that the included Starclassic snappys are awful or anything). My G-Maple seemed to go out of tune quite easily, but this was remedied with the purchase of a set of lug locks for the batter side. Really nice wood shell that looks fantastic and, thankfully, sounds great, too. I'd recommend this to almost anyone, including you. The price is pretty competitive, as well.