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Yamaha’s Live Custom Hybrid Oak Drum Sets By Brian Berk

Yamaha Corp. of America has so many strong new entries into many MI markets, including guitars, percussion and keyboards, that it’s difficult to focus on just one. But in honor of our percussion issue, we will highlight just that by looking at a product that has turned heads since its introduction at The NAMM Show in January: the Live Custom Hybrid Oak series drum sets. Employing the hybrid shell construction from the PHX series, the drum set’s seven-ply shells are constructed with a phenolic ply between the oak plies, giving players more shell life, sustain and dynamic range, stated the manufacturer. To cut unnecessary frequencies and boost low tones, Yamaha developed the Bass Drum Frequency Control weight. This new process introduces dark-chrome Absolute lug weights that are strategically placed inside the bass drum to provide a stronger low end. Other features include the YES III Tom Mount to allow the shells to vibrate more freely, durable dark chrome lugs and hoops, and Remo U.S. heads. The Live Custom Hybrid snare drums include high-carbon-steel, 25-strand snare wires in the 14-inch by 5.5-inch edition. The hybrid shells, designed for this snare, allow for maximum protection and sensitivity, giving that classic cutting tone that comes with oak wood. The series features five new unique uzukuri finishes: UZU Ice Sunburst, UZU Magma Sunburst, UZU Natural, UZU Earth Sunburst and UZU Charcoal Sunburst. The traditional Japanese “uzukuri” finishing process creates a beautifully textured surface by carving only the softer grain of the wood with a brushing 46

The Live Custom Hybrid Oak series is intended to offer excellent value to customers looking for a quality drum set that performs just as well on stage as it does in a studio. “These drums are made for the drummer that understands a ‘next-level’ drum set should offer something more than a new finish on a past model with slightly updated components,” said Fisher. “The Live Custom Hybrid Oak borrowed some of the same innovative elements, such as the Y.E.S.S. III mounting from the flagship PHX series. Not only do these drums utilize some of the

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technique, noted Yamaha. “For Yamaha, the sound is the priority, so creating a true hybrid set was done from a sonic perspective, borrowing the shell concept from both PHX and Hybrid Maple drum sets,” Steven Fisher, director of drums and percussion, Yamaha Corp. of America, told the Music & Sound Retailer. “This process is not simply adding an outer ply to an existing shell or blending wood species. The Live Custom Hybrid Oak drum set redefines the sound of a traditional oak shell by adding a center phenolic ply in between plies of oak wood. The hybrid

shell combination gives players more shell life and enhances the sustain and dynamic range by accentuating its attack and projection. In addition, to cut unnecessary frequencies and boost lowend tones, we developed the Bass Drum Frequency Control weight, which introduces dark-chrome Absolute lug weights that are strategically placed inside the bass drum. When musicians play the Live Custom Hybrid Oak for the first time, they will instantly recognize the diverse tonal characteristics that give drummers another sonically unique flavor choice.” OCTOBER 2019

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