This is not a thread about tone qualities or what sounds better. In Bassdom it seems we're charged extra for ash as opposed to maple. I just saw an add on the internet by a bassball bat manufacturer claiming that hard maple is more scarce and more dense and heavier than northern ash. The ash bat costs $40.00 and the maple bat costs $50.00. I just thought it rather interesting that in the world of bassball, maple is the upgrade, whereas for some of us, ash is the upgrade.