Yamaha still has them on their site, so I think they still make them,
I'm curiois to try one, though no store I have been carries them,
And I tried to find some clips on you tube but none did them any justice,
they are very loud drums. I've heard them played and have played them before. from what I remember they are very punchy drums with more attack than anything else I've heard, but they aren't as full bodied or as deep as birch or maple. they weren't the drums for me but I can't say that they sound bad.