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Gadd’s first Yamaha kit, the Recording Custom set (model RC9000), became the most popular professional kit in the world during the 1980s. Gadd also popularized small 10” toms, introduced floor tom-tom stands, and was also one of the first drummers to use a combination of woods in one kit. Today, he favors birch toms and a maple bass drum. His choice of hardware color is a distinctive black—similar to the kit’s lacquered acoustic piano-style finish that he helped Yamaha perfect.

The 30th Anniversary Drum Set consists of a 22” x 14” Maple Custom bass drum, a 14” x 5½” snare, 10” x 7½” and 12” x 8” hanging toms, and 14” x 12” and 16” x 14” suspended Birch Custom Absolute floor toms. All toms have chrome Maple Custom style lugs with black hoops, the snare drum with black chrome aluminum die-cast hoops.

Gadd is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished drummers of his generation. He has recorded with an array of distinguished artists, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Al Jarreau, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola, and George Benson. His historic recordings in the 1970s include virtuoso outings on The Leprechaun with pianist Chick Corea and Steely Dan’s Aja, as well as several cuts with Paul Simon (including “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Late in the Evening”). Still in demand, Gadd has recently toured the world with Simon, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor.

“This is a one-of-a-kind set that will make any Steve Gadd fan proud to play them,” says Jewell. “Offering it is our way to honor Steve for playing our drums for the last 30 years.”

The Steve Gadd 30th Anniversary Signature Drum Set will ship around July/August 2006.


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