Received a new to me set of Matadors in the mail yesterday. Bought them off ebay from a guy that said he bought them seven years and never played them, just had them for a conversation piece. When I got them, they were just like new. Took the head off the hembra and the date said 15/8/99, so instead of seven years old, they are 17 years old. They are the almond wood dark brown and were purchased in Japan. After new skins I will have a really nice set of elderly drums. Are these made of real almond wood or stained rubber wood? I think this makes for a good story. Any comments?