- Maple Shell or Birch Shell
- Absolute Lug or Hook Lug
- YESS II-m Mount System
- Vent Hole
- Tom-Mounted BD or R-Version BD
Carefully selected maple material is used. It offers rich, warm tone and abundant sustain. This material is loved by drummers the world over, and is heard in every musical genre imaginable.
We use the finest Hokkaido-grown birch mate...
* Maple Carefully selected maple material is used. It offers rich, warm tone and abundant sustain. This material is loved by drummers the world over, and is heard in every musical genre imaginable. * Birch We use the finest Hokkaido-grown birch material, and it's noted for a fine grain and attractive gloss. Although birch is hard, it has excellent workability. drummers love its outstanding ability to carry the middle to low tones, as well as its sharp but solid response in the upper register. Birch material is also used for the Recording Custom, which can be considered the foundation of YAMAHA's system drum. Both of the maple and birch shells are available in the seven-ply(BD) and six-ply(FT, TT, SD) specifications. Excellent durability is achieved with the use of premium materials. and through the combination of the air sealing system and YAMAHA's advanced woodworking technologies. The Absolute Series produces a well-balanced rumble. You can choose from a variety of sizes from an 8-inch tom-tom to a 24-inch bass drum.
"Good products are always good!" Our complete specifications are passed on to succeeding model lines, generation after generation. The already well-known "Absolute Lug", for instance, can be firmly secured with a single bolt. It's a complete secure lug that doesn't interfere with vibrations of the shell. The lug nut holding plate, which is located within the lug case, and the nylon ring at the lower part of the lug nut control the slackening of the tuning bolt, providing the utmost in tuning stability.
The Hook Lug has been redesigned by thoroughly improving our innovate hook-type Nouveau Lug (used in the conventional Absolute Series) in every aspect. At the same time, the greatness of the lug's basic concept has been maintained. It can be said that the Hook Lug is truly a next-generation lug that transcends conventional lugs with its acoustical effect and tuning stability, as well as with the sturdiness needed for high-tension tuning and the way it facilitates quick head replacement. As with the Absolute Lug, the lug nut holding plate and nylon ring within the lug nut control the slakening of the tuning bolt.
Y.E.S.S. II-m is an improved version of YAMAHA's original tom mount, known as the Y.E.S.S. (Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System). Its unique design, which minimizes interference with the shell's natural response - which some call the "rumble" - has been adopted for the PHX Series and is highly praised by pro players worldwide. The Y.E.S.S. II, has been adopted for the Absolute Series, producing even longer sustain. In the Y.E.S.S. II-m mount system, the number of supported points (rubber spacers) is adjusted according to the size of the tom. For example, the number of supported points is minimal for a lightweight tom. For a heavyweight tom, rubber spacers, ranging in diameter from small to large, are carefully selected and distributed in order to modulate the rumbling caused by the weight of the drum. This results in clear response and well-balanced rumble from one drum to the next.
The vent hole plays an important role in performance, since it affects not only the sensation of hitting the drum (the impact) but also the initial sound, sustain and tone. Through an exhaustive series of prototypes, YAMAHA has discovered the optimal number and vent hole position depending on the air capacity of each shell. Particularly, vent holes contribute to the enhancement of tone colors in midrange to low-frequency sounds, as well as the control of sustain.
Our constant quest for the ultimate in bass-drum performance has produced a new design, in which a tom-mount base has been eliminated from the upper part of the drum. The more powerful, direct sound that results will forever change the perception of what a bass drum can and should be. Moreover, the new design is very compatible with HEXRACK and various types of stands, so you can set up the kit exactly the way you want.
New Color Finishes
Burgundy Sparkle(BGS) Caramel Sparkle(CSK) White Grape Sparkle(WGS) Blue Ice Sparkle(BIS) Midnight Sky Blue(MNB) Deep Blue(DBU) Luminous White Sparkle(LWS) Solid Silver(SOS) Matte Natural(MNT)
What is "Vintage Finish"
The Vintage Finish is a special process developed by YAMAHA using a top-quality drum coating material. The use of this unique coating allows us to create a finish that's far thinner but harder than the regular coating material. As a result, it's possible to ensure the maximum vibratory response from the shell and achieve a more brilliant, beautiful appearance. The Vintage Finish coating also protects the shell laminate from humidity. One of its special features is that the color can become even more intense after the coating is applied, depending on the wooden material's surface condition, physical properties of the coating material and other conditions such as ambient temperature and light. Please note that although individual differences in color may occasionally appear depending on the condition of the wooden laminate (which consists of natural materials), the period of purchase and the product's storage condition, it's one of the special features of this coating specification. Therefore, it won't affect the tonality of the product.
The Midnight Sparkle finish has a black sparkle finish base. Please understand that the colors in this finish change in relation to light conditions and the angle at which you look at the drum, so the actual appearance might differ from that shown in the photo.
Luminous White Sparkle
This newly developed Luminous White Sparkle appears to be a regular white sparkle under normal lighting. But be forewarned: Thanks to a special fluorescent coating, this spectacular finish glows in the dark. Even on a dark stage, your YAMAHA Absolute kit will establish its own unique territory!
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The first models were produced at Yamaha's Niitsu factory in Hamamatsu, Japan, and later at our Miyatake factory as well. Many drummers who are familiar with Yamaha today believe that Sakae Rhythm was the original Yamaha production facility, but in fact production was started at Yamaha's own factories. Another common misconception is that our Air Seal System was developed at Sakae Rhythm, but it was actually developed and introduced right from the first models that were produced at our own factories. One of the earliest Yamaha drum brochures shows the original Yamaha production facility and describes Air Seal System technology, a Yamaha innovation that is a vital part of our identity as a drum manufacturer to this day.
Al Foster, who was touring Japan with the Miles Davis at the time, signed on to become a Yamaha endorser in 1972.
This was the turning point at which Yamaha drums began to be recognized as world-class instruments that satisfied the requirements of leading professionals in the field.
Shell mounting hardware had been different for each series and model up until this time. The system drum concept brought about the unification of all drum mounting hardware so that drums and hardware from any series could be mixed and combined as required.
Hexagonal rods and holder bases of the same specifications were used for all models, and the diameter of all stand hardware piping and holders was fixed at 22mm to allow total system fiexibility and freedom.
Although this approach is commonplace among today's drum manufacturers, it was a revolutionary concept at the time. Just one of Yamaha's many innovations that have become standards.
Another Yamaha hardware innovation worthy of mention is the hide-away boom stand. It was patented at the time, but as soon as the patent expired all of our competitors began copying our design. Today it has become another "standard" feature.
This continuously adjustable ball clamp made it possible to position toms up, down, left, or right, to any position required with one quick action. The current design allows toms to be flipped over for convenient bottom-head tuning ... a feature that is greatly appreciated by both drummers and drum technicians. Like the hexagonal mounting rod, the ball clamp has become a symbol of Yamaha hardware superiority.
This model featured 100% birch shells, one-piece lugs, and a gorgeous sprayed finish. Maple was the most popular material for drum shells at the time, following the trend set by jazz drums from the U.S.A. Through our own research related to pianos and wind instruments, we had realized that birch would be an ideal material for drum shells. We were also the first to apply piano finishing techniques to drums, eschewing the veneer covering that was common at the time. The full force of Yamaha technology was applied to the production of this landmark product.
The use of one-piece lugs to enhance the natural hardness of the birch shells resulted in a tight, well-defined sound that was enthusiastically adopted by many top artists of the day, including Steve Gadd and Cozy Powell. The sound was so well suited to recording that the YD9000 has become the most recorded drum set in history. The name was later changed to "Recording Custom," a model that is still widely used today.
Although there were concerns that a change from birch to maple shells might meet some resistance from users, Yamaha decided to introduce maple shells in order to accommodate changes in the music scene as well as evolving recording technology. From about the mid 80's, influenced by the emergence of fusion, drummers began demanding response and resonance that would suit the more elaborate phrasing used in that genre. Maple provided a bright, rapid response that was ideal, and by reducing the dimensions of parts that could dampen resonance as much as possible the natural shell resonance could come through with unrestricted tone. This led to the development of small, lightweight lugs, an extremely thin "vintage" finish, and the YESS (Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System) nodal mount for open, organic shell resonance.
The idea of using small lugs mounted so that they don't dampen shell resonance was quickly adopted by other manufacturers as well.
Throughout the 90's Yamaha maintained an active, aggressive approach to product development. The Stage Custom model introduced in 1996 was one result. This series offered the same type of birch shell that was being used in the popular RC series, with the same one-piece lugs and a beautiful sprayed finish, at a surprisingly affordable price.
The Maple Absolute series took the philosophy of achieving the richest possible shell resonance to the next level. In the same year new beech shells were introduced alongside the existing birch shells in the Absolute series.
At around this time Yamaha was collaborating with top-level artists from all around the world in developing a range of exciting new products such as the Hipgig and JR drum kits, the Musashi snare, and the Subkick low-frequency capture device.
Although other manufacturers had avoided using oak in drums because it is extremely difficult to work with, Yamaha succeeded in forming this very hard wood into drum shells using our Air Seal System technology. The result was impressive response and huge bass that has made this model a standard in the Yamaha lineup.
Pushing Yamaha finishing technology to the limit, a lineup of almost 50 colors was developed for the Absolute series. The revolutionary detachable Nouveau lugs were developed to further reduce shell damping while at the same time making head replacement easier than ever.
Years of drum manufacturing experience and accumulated technological know-how, plus in-depth reassessment of every critical aspect of drum design and production, all came together to bring about a profound evolution in the form of the hybrid shell: the key to delivering unprecedented tone and power. The lugs took another evolutionary leap too. Going beyond the concept of minimizing shell damping, lug design and mounting now plays an active role in creating and controlling the sound of the drums by suppressing unwanted harmonics. Tom mounting has advanced as well, resulting in unprecedented tone and consistent playability.
The YESS2 mount and new hook lugs developed for the PHX series have now been implemented in the Absolute series as well, contributing to even clearer, richer sound. A newly developed textured finish has been applied in the Rock Tour series, significantly enhancing visual impact. Kapur was discovered and used for its excellent tonal qualities in the PHX series drums and is now used as the sole tone wood for the sound of the Club Custom drums.
|Lugs||Type||Absolute Lug or New Hook Lug|
|Shells||Thickness||7ply(BD), 6ply(TT, FT)|
|Material||Maple or Birch|
|Front||Ebony P53 with YAMAHA Logo|
|Batter||P53 Clear (only 18"BD: Coated Ambassador)|
|Wood||Type||Birch and Maple|