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Yamaha Drums

Yamaha Drums introduced their new Absolute Hybrid Maple drum set at the 2014 NAMM Show.

Yamaha pioneered the construction of hybrid acoustic drum shells when it introduced its flagship PHX Series. As the name implies, the Absolute Hybrid Maple drum set combines a core ply of harder Wenge wood with outer plies of North American Maple. This unique configuration produces a drum with an unusually expressive tone and a wide dynamic range that faithfully reproduces every nuance of a player’s approach.

Absolute Hybrid Maple drum sets feature a hook lug originally designed for the PHX Series, which brings out the drum’s natural tone by creating a small footprint on the shell. In addition to allowing quick and easy head changes, the lugs provide precision tuning.

Other features in the series include a new piston-drive snare strainer, hinged floor tom leg brackets, a low-mass bass drum bracket and the same style of spurs first introduced on the Live Custom drum set. Yamaha’s exclusive staggered diagonal seam and Air-Seal System shell-making process produces strong, consistent shells.

Even with the enhancements and upgrades, the price tag for the new Absolute Hybrid Maple is almost 30 percent less than its predecessor.

“For more than three years, Yamaha drum designers and acoustic engineers, with extensive input from our world-class drum artists, have worked to perfect the Absolute Hybrid Maple,” said Dave Jewell, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Hybrid shell technology gives these drums a remarkable sound that has to be heard to be believed. These new kits represent another step forward for Yamaha in high-end drum production out of our Xiaoshan factory.”

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid


Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple drum sets will ship in March 2014.

For more information, visit usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/drums/.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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