Akira Jimbo

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Biography

Akira Jimbo

Musical. Exciting. Dynamic. Blazing. Solid. Astonishing. All these words can be used to describe Akira Jimbo. He has been a leading figure in the Japanese music scene for more than 15 years and continues gaining well-deserved international recognition. Although he did not start playing drums until he was 17, Akira has become a master of his art form and is practically a household name in his home country of Japan.

Akira started playing drums in college (Keio University in Tokyo) and was a member of the Keio Light Music Society, the school's 18-piece big band. In 1980, he became the full-time drummer in the internationally renowned group, Casiopea. In his 10-year tenure with the band, he became recognized for his unique playing style and intricate techniques. With Casiopea, Akira released over a dozen albums, toured the world three times, and quickly established himself as something of a musical phenomenon in Japan. It was during this period that he refined his abilities as a composer and studio artist. After Casiopea, Akira formed Jimsaku in 1989 to explore new and different musical possibilities.

Along with the groups with whom he has performed and recorded, Akira has also maintained a high profile in the area of solo album work. He has released over 10 solo albums to date such as "Palette" (1991), "Slow Boat" (1992), "Lime Pie" (1994), "Panama Man"(1995)and "Flower"(1997).

In addition to the studio and solo projects, he has also released four instructional videos through DCI Music Video/Warner Bros. Publications: "Metamorphosis" (1992), "Pulse" (1995), "Independence" (1998)and "Evolution" (1999).

Throughout his career, Akira Jimbo has utilized his Yamaha drums and electronics exclusively as tools to channel his creative energy. Yamaha drums is proud to be associated with such a talented performer for over 30 years.

DTX900 Series

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DFP-9500C Double foot pedal

DFP-9500C

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HS-1200D

The HS-1200D is a two-legged hi hat with a direct pull drive. The direct pull drive feels gives a strong, even feel all the way through the stroke, great for players that need a strong, powerful hi hat. The HS-1200D has adjustments for spring tension and footboard height, and the narrow footboard makes it easier to fit in multiple pedals. The new cymbal seat has a self-locking angle adjustment and reversible felt/rubber washer. The HS-1200D ships with pull rods of two different lengths so that you can set the cymbal height to fit your style. The locking clutch has also been redesigned with stronger locking rings.

SS-950

The SS-950 has a new centered ball and socket tilter that allows almost limitless angle adjustment. The location of the tilter also allows the full power of each stroke since the force is driven straight into the vertical tube. The basket can be quickly detached from the vertical tube by loosening a single wing nut, allowing for compact storage or quick snare drum changes at a gig. The new three-arm basket design allows the SS-950 to sit almost 2" lower than the previous model.

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