Yamaha today launched the Live Custom Hybrid Oak series drum sets, providing drummers with a new sonic range, from powerful attack to low fundamental tones with an emphasis for the Live Stage where sound needs to cut through.
As with all of its drum sets, Yamaha undertook extensive internal research and development, consulting with a wide musical range of top Artists, to develop this new offering to the company’s drum set lineup.
Employing its hybrid shell construction from the highly acclaimed PHX series, the drum set’s 7-ply shells are constructed with a phenolic ply between the oak plies, giving players more tone, sustain and dynamic range. In addition the Bass Drum has been enhanced by cutting unnecessary frequencies and boost low tones with an internal weight design. This new process introduces internal weights strategically placed inside the bass drum, to provide a stronger low-end and punch. Other features include the YES III Tom Mount, to allow the shells to vibrate more freely, durable dark chrome lugs and hoops, and Remo US heads.
The Live Custom Hybrid snare drums include high carbon steel 25-strand snare wires in the 14” x 5.5” edition. The hybrid shells, designed for this snare, allow for maximum protection and sensitivity, adding to that impressive cutting tone that Yamaha Oak Shells have been known for since the Oak Custom Series was released over 15 years ago.
The series features five new unique Uzukuri finishes: UZU Ice Sunburst, UZU Magma Sunburst, UZU Natural, UZU Earth Sunburst and UZU Charcoal Sunburst.The traditional Japanese “Uzukuri” finishing process creates a beautifully textured surface by carving only the softer grain of the wood with a brushing technique.
“The Live Custom series has been an amazing success for Yamaha Drums, the first drum set to be made in our state of the artXiaoshan factory”. Gavin Thomas – Drums Product Manager Yamaha Europe UK explained “As a result we have developed the design even further to enhance the characteristics of OAK and deliver more sound character to the drummer on Stage. With a striking style which complements its distinctive sound we are sure this powerful combination will stand out from the crowd”
Elsewhere, Yamaha also announced the new FP9 Series Bass Drum Pedals, promising exceptional engineering with feel customization for easy adjustability and custom performance.
The series includes the FP9C double-chain single pedal, FP9D direct-drive single pedal, DFP9C double-chain double pedal, DFP9D direct-drive double pedal and DFP9CL left-footed double-chain double pedal.
These models incorporate many new Yamaha design features that allow for smooth, durable and responsive performance with an added level of customisation in addition to Yamaha current lineup. These new features included a weight-adjustable beater and easily accessible pedal lock spring, along with an axle-stabilizing bearing chamber for smooth playability and adjustability.Other features include the independent beater and footboard angle adjustment, anti-skid heel spikes to keep the pedal and bass drum secure and they all come with Yamaha’s dedicated carrying case.
Evoking the high-performance aesthetic of the Yamaha’s legendary YZF-R1 superbike, all models include a blue bearing housing, gold Yamaha tuning-fork logo on the beater cap and black beater. The footboard is designed with an aluminum casting, offering a lighter, sturdier feel, inspired by the superbike’s construction.
“The new FP9 project has been a labour of love for our design team” Gavin Thomas – Drums Product Manager Yamaha Europe UK explained “The Drum Pedal is one of the most fundamental parts of the drum kit, and as such it requires a perfect feel, react to players movement smoothly and be strong and reliable. Naturally every drummer has an individual playing style, with some drummers demanding a high level of customised settings which have previously compromised the level of durability due to the many moving parts. In addition setting up often challenging due to the numeroussetting up possibilities. Through extensive research and Development in both design and materials used, Yamaha have perfected the optimum drum pedal designed with both customisation and reliability in mind that will rev up any drummers performance.”
For full info on all of these new launches, visit: www.uk.yamaha.com