Air Seal System for Superior Shells
The use of our original Air Seal system is, in part, responsible for the superior quality found in Yamaha drum shells. Select woods are cut into plies, positioned with staggered diagonal seams, and sealed together with evenly distributed air pressure. Th...
Air Seal System for Superior Shells
The use of our original Air Seal system is, in part, responsible for the superior quality found in Yamaha drum shells. Select woods are cut into plies, positioned with staggered diagonal seams, and sealed together with evenly distributed air pressure. The resulting shells are perfectly round and of uniform thickness delivering superior tone quality and exceptional durability.
All Maple shell
The warm characteristic that maple offers is enhanced with our Air Seal System process. Select maple wood is cut in plies, positioned with staggered diagonal seams, and sealed together with evenly distributed air pressure. This process ensures that every drum shell is in round and of uniform thickness. It also provides superior tone quality and durability. The Absolute Maple features 6-ply 6MM floor tom and tom shells, and 7-ply 7MM bass drum shells that produce a warm, full tone sound with excellent sustain.
Maple Shells and the Vintage Finish
The Vintage finish is a special synthetic resin finish that is applied by hand on high-quality wind instruments. While enhancing the tone of the maple shell, the Vintage finish also provides a durable, waterproof finish that virtually eliminates the influence of weather and humidity on the drum. Over the course of time, the color of the shell will change to a deeper hue that you will surely love.
Floating Bass Drum System
Height adjustment on the pedal side of the 18" bass drum is possible with the pipe post stabilizer. Use of this system ensures that the beater makes contact at the center of the head. The stabilizer fits into a pipe clamp on the underside of the drum that allows quick and easy adjustment of the height. The post is equipped with a memory clamp that ensures subsequent settings will be quick and precise every time, while a pair of supports provides added stability.
The unique chrome body lug casing found on the Absolute series are fixed to the drum shell with only a single bolt allowing the drum to vibrate freely. A special nylon insert prevents tension rods from becoming loose during play.
Aluminum Die Cast Hoops
The aluminum die cast hoops give these drums the benefit of accurate tuning that die cast hoops are known for but are much lighter weight than zinc so they do not choke the drum like zinc die cast hoops do. They allow the drum to open up much like a triple-flanged hoop.
Bass Drum Spurs
A sturdy hexagonal design and fixed angle position allow our spurs to withstand bass drum kicks. All Absolutes now feature heavier spurs for more stability. Height adjustment and the releasing and retracting of the pointed spur are made easily with a drum key.
Die Cast BD Claws
All new Absolute bass drums come with die cast claws that are lined with plastic so they won't scratch the hoop or rattle if they are loose. The claw has a nylon insert that keeps the claw and tension rod from separating so you don't have loose parts getting lost when changing heads.
Tom Toms and Floor Toms Equipped with YESS Mounts
Long found on our high-end drum kits our original YESS (Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System) mounting system is on all Absolute Maple toms and floor toms. This rod clamp system allows attachment of the drum to the tom holder without the need of a hole in the drum shell for the rod to pass through. The YESS clamp is attached to the shell at the nodal point with two bolts so as to allow the shell to vibrate freely without degrading the shell's dynamic range and sustain. The nodal point is the location on a shell with the least amount of vibration allowing for the mount to have minimal affect to the resonance of the shell.
Ball Clamp & Triple Tom Holder
This round ball clamp has along been a fundamental part of Yamaha System Drums. Made of super-hard resin, the ball is held firmly in place with a steel plate and large wing bolt. While providing ease of operation, this system also delivers total freedom in setting and superior stability. The triple tom holder accommodates two toms as well as a cymbal holder to provide a wide variety of set up possibilities.
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|ABD-1118JF||18" x 14", with adjustable lift|
|ABD-1118F||18" x 16", with adjustable lift|
|ABD-1120||20" x 16"|
|ABD-1122||22" x 16"|
|ABD-1124||24" x 16"|
|ABD-1120T||20" x 18"|
|ABD-1122T||22" x 18"|
|ABD-1124T||24" x 18"|
|ATT-1108J||8" x 7"|
|ATT-1110J||10" x 7 1/2"|
|ATT-1112J||12" x 8"|
|ATT-1113J||13" x 9"|
|ATT-1114J||14" x 10"|
|ATT-1110U||10" x 8"|
|ATT-1112U||12" x 9"|
|ATT-1113U||13" x 10"|
|ATT-1108||8" x 8"|
|ATT-1110||10" x 9"|
|ATT-1112||12" x 10"|
|ATT-1113||13" x 11"|
|ATT-1114||14" x 12"|
|ATT-1116||16" x 14"|
|AFT-1114||14" x 14"|
|AFT-1116||16" x 16"|
|AFT-1118||18" x 16"|
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.
Size (diameter x depth)
|Size (diameter x depth) // Bass Drums||18 x 14 ABD-1118JF20 x 14 ABD-1120J Special Order22 x 14 ABD-1122J Special Order 18 X 16 ABD-1118F20 x 16 ABD-112022 x 16 ABD-112224 x 16 ABD-1124 20 x 18 ABD-1120T22 x 18 ABD-1122T24 x 18 ABD-1124T|
|Size (diameter x depth) // Mounted Toms||8 x 7 ATT-1108J10 x 7.5 ATT-1110J12 x 8 ATT-1112J13 x 9 ATT-1113J8 x 8 ATT-110810 x 8 ATT-1110U12 x 9 ATT-1112U13 x 10 ATT-1113U14 X 10 ATT-1114J10 X 9 ATT-111012 X 10 ATT-111213 X 11 ATT-111314 x 12 ATT-111415 x 13 ATT-111516 x 14 ATT-1116|
|Size (diameter x depth) // Floor Toms||13 x 14 AFT-1113U15 x 14 AFT-1115U16 x 14 AFT-1116U 14 x 14 AFT-111415 x 14 AFT-111516 x 16 AFT-111618 x 16 AFT-1118|
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- Great Sound
- Huge Tone
- Jazz Clubs
Comments about Yamaha absolute_maple:
Since buying this product almost 10 years ago, I have never found another kit that I have liked. I play a very versatile repertoire from jazz to classical accompaniment to rock and hard rock. If you know how to tune your drum heads, the kit brings a natural warmth to the timbre of the pitch it exhumes through each tom. The beauty in this kit is how air is pushed from the beater to resonance head and what is created is a perfectly tuned, warm ohm effect. Seriously, despite the new products that competitors and Yamaha have introduced, there has NEVER been another kit that is just as compromising.
From a Disneyland musician,
- Great Sound
- Huge Tone
- Nothing To Complain About
- Classic Rock
- Jazz Clubs
- Small Venues
Comments about Yamaha absolute_maple:
Keep the resonant head. It's single ply perfect. Allowing exceptional resonance. Change the batter head to Remo Ambassador and tune the resonator head to match the tone of the drum, then tune it up a half step. Tune the batter head down a half step from the resonator head to get that perfect pitch bend. The watch the faces light up when they hear them.
Opt for the Hook-Lug feature. Makes for quick change of the head. And the Hex Rack to hold them all in place. I will add a couple pictures below. One of the full Incredible Rig and one of a standard setup I typically use.