Yamaha Drums - A Latin Drummers Dream

Yamaha drums their range and their innovations in drum set design. Is a drum set by Yamaha a good choice. This page will discuss whether Yamaha is the best choice in drum kits for you.

Yamaha drums are made by the Yamaha Corporation based in Japan. Yamaha makes its cheaper drums in Indonesia while the more expensive pro-drum lines are still made in Japan at their Osaka plant.

The Yamaha Corporation has only been making drum sets since 1967. This happened with the rise and use of the drum sets by bands during this time. This created a rise in the demand for drum sets around the world.

So drum kit manufactures could not satisfy the demand. This gave the opportunity for new companies to enter the market to meet the shortage of supply.

So Yamaha entered the drum kit market because of this rise in demand. Yamaha makes both acoustic and electronic drum sets today because of the demand for them.

Yamaha acoustic drum set

Innovations Made by Yamaha

The company has made many innovations in drum hardware. They were the first to introduce a hideaway cymbal boom stand, a hinged boom clamp, vertical tilter and the locking hi-hat clutch when playing a double bass drum kit.

They also innovated the ball jointed tom tom mount with a 360 degree rotation. This is so that the tom toms can be setup either right or left handed and adjusted to any required position. Also the snare drum has the infinite angle adjustment as well.

The next innovation is the Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System or YESS for short. This system mounts at the nodal point on the tom toms. This point is where the tom toms resonate or vibrate the least and so minimize intrusion and the loss of tonal resonance.

Who Are Yamaha Drums For?

Yamaha drums are made for the beginner as well as the semi-professional and the professional. If you are a beginner looking at a Yamaha drum kit then a four or five piece drum set from the gig-maker line is a good place to start. This line is Yamaha's entry level drum sets.

For the intermediate player also who maybe a working or semi-professional player, Yamaha drums come in two lines to choose from. They are the tour custom, and the stage custom birch lines.

The benefits for you with Yamaha drum kits may be in several areas. You may like the sound the kit makes or the color and presentation. It maybe how it feels to play and the flow of the kit or the steadiness and look of the hardware.

All these plus other benefits may help you decide what is the right Yamaha drum set for you.

This all comes from the assumption that you like Yamaha drum kits in the first place. If for some reason you don't then none of these benefits will apply.

Gig-maker

The gig-maker comes as a complete 5 piece drum kit. It has 100% basswood shells. Basswood produces a full bodied sound with low tones and a slightly reduced middle sound. This wood is mostly used in beginner drum sets.

This drum kit has die cast hoops on the snare, tom toms and floor tom and are matching wood hoops on the bass drum.

The tom toms have the omni-ball tom holder and the kit is finished in a high gloss wrap. Gig-maker also comes with a snare stand, hi-hat stand and a cymbal stand with paiste hi-hat cymbals and one paiste crash-ride cymbal.

This drum set is a great starter kit for a beginner who has a limited budget and is not shore whether they want to play long term. But this kit can still hold its own with the loud full bodied punchy sound that has a slightly reduced mid-range to it.

Stage Custom Birch

The stage custom birch is made of 100% birch shells. Birch wood has a bright enhanced highs and reduced mid range with full sustain and good projection. It is excellent in the recording and is loved by sound engineers because it cuts through the mix with extreme clarity.

The bass drum in 7 plies and 7mm thick. The snare, toms, floor toms in 6 plies and 6mm thick shells. Bearing edges set at 45 degrees.

The drum hoops are matching wood on the bass drum and are 1.6mm steel on all snare, toms and floor tom drums. Toms and floor toms have Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System or YESS for short and are fitted at the nodal point on the drums so the drums can vibrate freely.

Also the ball jointed tom tom mount with a 360 degree rotation is included. Stage custom birch kits are finished in seven different lacquer finishes.

Custom birch comes with the 700 series single braced hardware. This consists of a hi-hat stand, two boom cymbal stands, snare drum stand and bass drum pedal.

This drum set is for the more serious player who wants to do more than play at home for fun. It is for a person who is amore committed player and loves the projection with full sustain along with the bright enhanced highs that birch provides.

Tour Custom

The tour custom is the same as the stage custom except for the drum shells are 100% maple. Maple wood has a warm balanced tone with full sustain and good projection. Maple also has a good low end punch with smooth mid and high frequencies.

The bearing edges are set at 60 degrees. Tour custom kits are finished in four different lacquer finishes.

Tour custom comes with the 700 series and the 800 series double braced hardware. This consists of a hi-hat stand, two boom cymbal stands, snare drum stand and bass drum pedal.

Tour custom is for a person who is a more committed player and loves the projection sustain along with smooth mid and high frequencies the maple shell provides.

Professional Lines

Yamaha drums are also in several professional lines. They are:

PHX or Phoenix Drum Sets

PHX is made of jatoba, kapur and maple with the jatoba being in the center with kapur on either side of jatoba and the remaining inner and outer plies of maple or optional burled ash.

These shells are 11 plies with the hardest woods in the center working out to the softer woods on the outer surface.Each Yamaha drum in this drum kit has been designed to produce the best sound quality possible though the use of a hybrid shell.

Jatoba wood is a hardwood which produces a upper sound that compliments the hybrid shell. Kapur wood adds an extremely rich low end punch with smooth mids and a slight decay in the higher frequencies.

Maple wood adds a warm balanced tone with full sustain and good projection. Maple also has a good low end punch with snooth mid and high frequencies. The end result is a well rounded sound that covers the lows, mids and upper tones giving a purely unique sound.

Bearing edge is set at 30 degrees on all drums with varied profiles to make the drums more musical. The phoenix is fitted with aluminium die-cast hoops in chrome or gold finish.

Also these kits come with the redesigned snap on lugs in chrome or gold and the redesigned YESS mounts.

Hardware consisting 600 to 1100 series hi-hat, snare stand, cymbal stands of your choice. There are four finishes for the maple outer ply and 5 finishes for the burled ash outer ply.

The Phoenix drum set is yamaha's flagship drum set and at the top of their line. It is for the fully professional drummer who plays both live and in the recording studio.

The Hybrid shell of jatoba, kapur and maple produces crisp highs with warm balanced tones. It produces a good low end punch with smooth mids and bright enhanced highs.

A truly unique sound which captures both the highs and the lows without losing the crispness. Good sustain makes this kit a winner amongst professionals.

Maple Custom

Maple custom is made of 100% Maple shells with the bass drum shells in 10 ply maple. The snare, toms, floor toms shells in 7 ply maple.Each Yamaha drum in this drum kit has been designed to produce the best maple sound possible.

Maple wood has a warm balanced tone with full sustain and good projection. Maple also has a good low end punch with smooth mid and high frequencies when played.

Toms and floor toms have Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System or YESS for short fitted at the nodal point on the drums so the drums can vibrate freely. The aluminum die-cast hoops are in chrome while the snap on lugs in gold.

Also the ball jointed tom tom mount with a 360 degree rotation and high tension lugs with one bolt anchoring system is also included on recording custom.

Hardware consisting 600 to 1100 series hi-hat, snare stand, cymbal stands and tom cymbal holder of your choice.

It is for a person who is a professional player and loves the projection as well as the warm balanced tone with full sustain that a maple shell provides.

There are three finishes to choose from they are

• Black maple

• Turquoise maple

• Vintage natural

This is the color range for the maple custom Yamaha drums.

Recording Custom

Recording custom is made of 100% birch shells with the bass drum shells in 7 ply. The snare, toms, floor toms shells in 6 ply. Each Yamaha drum in this drum kit has been designed to produce the best birch sound possible. /p>

Birch wood has a bright enhanced highs and reduced mid range with full sustain and good projection. It is excellent in the recording and is loved by sound engineers because it cuts through the mix with extreme clarity.

Toms and floor toms have Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System or YESS for short fitted at the nodal point on the drums so the drums can vibrate freely.

Also the ball jointed tom tom mount with a 360 degree rotation and high tension lugs with one bolt anchoring system is also included on recording custom.

Cymbal Hardware from 700, 800 or 900 series consisting of hi-hat, snare stand, and cymbal stands of your choice.

There are two finishes solid black and cherry wood to choose from for the Yamaha drums recording custom range.

This drum set is for the more serious player who wants to play live and in the studio. It is for a person who is aprofessional player and loves the projection with full sustain along with the bright enhanced highs that birch provides.

Yamaha 5 piece drum kit

Absolute Birch and Absolute Birch Noveau

These two drum set lines are the same as recording custom birch except for the floating 18 inch bass drum.

There are 45 different colour finishes and hand rubbed vintage interior finish to choose from.

Cymbal Hardware from 700, 800 or 900 series consisting of hi-hat, snare stand, and cymbal stands of your choice.

This drum set is for the serious player who wants to play live and in the studio. It is for a person who is aprofessional player and loves the projection, full sustain and the bright enhanced highs that a birch shellprovides.

Absolute Maple and Absolute Maple Noveau

These two drum set lines are the same as recording custom. Except for the shells being 100% maple and the floating 18 inch bass drum.

Maple wood has a warm balanced tone with full sustain and good projection. Maple also has a good low end punch with snooth mid and high frequencies.

There are 45 different color finishes and hand rubbed vintage interior finish as with the birch noveau line.

Cymbal Hardware from 700, 800 0r 900 series consisting of hi-hat, snare stand, and cymbal stands of your choice.

Absolute maple and absolute maple noveau is for a person who is a more professional player and loves the projection as well as the warm balanced tone with full sustain that a maple shell provides.

The maple shell also produces a good low end punch with smooth mids and high frequencies when played.

Oak Custom

The oak custom is made of 100% oak shells. Oak wood is very loud sound with a warm bright tone and sharp attack. Each Yamaha drum in this drum kit has been designed to produce the best oak sound possible.

The bass drum in 7 plies and 7.7mm thick. The snare, toms, floor toms in 6 plies and 6.6mm thick shells.

All these bass drums are 17 inches deep. They have a floating bass drum system for the 18 inch bass so that the bass pedal can hit the center of the bass drum.

The drum hoops are matching wood on the bass drum. With a 2.3mm triple flange steel dyna-hoops on all snare, toms and floor tom drums.

Toms and floor toms have Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System or YESS for short fitted at the nodal point on the drums so the drums can vibrate freely.

Also the ball jointed tom tom mount with a 360 degree rotation is included as well as the triple tom holder.

Oak custom kits are finished in four different lacquer finishes.

This drum kit is ideal for the drummer who wants a big presence with lots of volume. With this kit the oak shell provides a very loud warm bright sound with a sharp attack that is extremely penetrating.

Hip-gig series

This series in Yamaha's range consists of small drum sets for compact areas were space is limited. They are are designed for small cafes and clubs where the band would play in a small corner or space in a small room.

These Yamaha drums are designed and endorsed buy four drummers

• Steve Jordan

• Rick Marotta

• Al Foster

• Manu Katche

These are four drum sets available in the Yamaha hip-gig series

• Club Jordan cocktail drum set

• Rick Marotta signature hip-gig drum set

• Al Foster signature hip-gig

• Manu Katche signature junior drum kit

So as you can see here Yamaha has a wide variety of drum sets to choose from. They pride themselves on the reputation of the quality product they produce.

Yamana is raved about by many professional drummers who use their drum sets. These pros will use no other brand of drum set but profess that Yamaha drum sets are the best in the world.

So the choice of what Yamaha drum set you would like depends on where you are as a drummer.

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