Dave Weckl Snares Personify Signature Sound

7/1/2005 [Drums]

Yamaha Drums salutes the sound and soul of drumming master Dave Weckl with the introduction of two signature snare drums.

BUENA PARK, Calif.(July 1, 2005) — Yamaha Drums salutes the sound and soul of drumming master Dave Weckl with the introduction of two signature snare drums. Targeted to the professional and semi-professional drummer, the 13” x 5.5” MSD-13ADW and 14” x 5.5” MSD-14ADW are currently delivering. Constructed of 100 percent 7-ply Maple shells, both models feature proprietary Yamaha Nouveau lug casings and a unique dual strainer system.

Yamaha MSD-13ADW
“Dave is one of the most respected players today, both technically and musically,” states David Jewell, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums. “His sound is the signature aspect of his career. It’s really in his solo work that he expresses his true musical voice, and these snare drums are the result of his experience in communicating that message to the audience. Although these are definitely investment-grade products, serious drummers will agree that they are top-quality, and sound like nothing else on the market.”

The dual strainer system, a combination of stainless steel snares and painted steel 14-strand snares, offers the “crack” of a tightly tuned strainer and the body, buzz and open sound of a loosely tuned strainer in one drum. Players can remove one or the other, quickly switching back and forth between loose and tight snare sounds.

“All of my signature snare drums are unique in design,” says Weckl. “Each has two independent snare strainers, and that gives you real flexibility. The combination of tight tension on the hi-carbon snares with the loose tension on the stainless steel snares provides both the precision necessary for sharp and clean strokes, plus an open, airy sound. It’s the best of both worlds in one drum.

Yamaha MSD-14ADW
“The 13-inch model has the ability to be very flexible because of its smaller size,” adds Weckl. “It has great ‘crack,’ whether tuned high or low. The 14-inch Maple shell, on the other hand, takes up more ‘space’ in the spectrum of the sound. It’s very sensitive, yet at the same time, very powerful.”

As one of fusion’s most acclaimed and innovative drummers, Weckl has made his name as a session player, educator and most notably, with his associations with Michael Brecker and a 7-year relationship with Chick Corea’s “Elektric” and “Akoustic” Bands. As a solo artist, Weckl has recorded and produced nine of his own recordings, and continues to work with his own “Dave Weckl Band.” Besides a busy playing career, he conducts many seminars and clinics, and offers a number of instructional video/DVDs and play-along packages.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Drum Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or e-mail infostation@yamaha.com.

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