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NAMM 2016: New Yamaha Recording Custom Kits Designed Alongside Steve Gadd

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments


The Story Continues - Yamaha’s Iconic Recording Custom Drum Series are Re-Designed alongside Legendary Drummer Steve Gadd.

Yamaha today reintroduced the world to one of the company’s most iconic lines of drums and the most recorded drums in history with the return of the Recording Custom Series.

Widely regarded as the industry standard for all drummers, Yamaha collaborated with legendary drummer and longtime Yamaha Artist Steve Gadd to retain the greatest features of the previous Recording Custom kit while incorporating the latest innovations to produce an optimized sound. The result is a drum kit that delivers both the classic signature sound and benefits from the latest enhancements in drum technologies.

For the first time in its history, Yamaha Recording Custom Series snare drums will be available in a variety of metal shells including brass, stainless steel, and aluminium with sizes that compliment all performance styles. The new Recording Custom Series snare drums include Steve Gadd’s signature 10-strand snare wires in the 14” x 5.5” edition for maximum sensitivity producing a more natural tone with greater dynamics.

“This Instrument development was an outstanding example of worldwide teamwork,” said Wolfgang Csenteri, product manager, drums, Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. “Involved were not only our Product, Design, but also our A+R colleagues in Japan, Europe and in the US. In cooperation with legendary drummer Steve Gadd, who had already helped establish the reputation of the original Recording Custom, the goal was not to rebuild the old Recording Custom, but to refine and to improve the original sound characteristics and to adopt this to today’s needs. When you play the drum set, you will immediately recognize, that this is not just a new drum set, but that we created with Steve Gadd`s guidance, a new classic instrument.”

Steve Gadd explained “For the past 3 years I have been meeting with the Research and Development guys at Yamaha with the aim of bringing the Recording Custom Series up to date. I told Yamaha what I thought throughout the process. The result is that everything is a step up, yet they still feel like the Recording Custom. I think we did a great job, the Drums sound great and am excited to see them unveiled so people can see and importantly hear them".

The Recording Custom Series drum sets include 100% birch shells, 30-degree bearing edges, and a unique combination of the classic Yamaha sound with the latest improvements in manufacturing.

These drums offer features that elevate classic design elements, producing a refined tone that is recognizably Yamaha. The high-tension lugs that Yamaha helped pioneer reflect the styling of the Yamaha Absolute lug, and are now weighted to enhance subtle lower frequencies, “ghost notes,” and with greater sensitivity to dynamics for any style of drumming. The Recording Custom Series is synonymous with some of the greatest performances in history. Drummers of all ages and levels of experience now have the opportunity to see, hear, and play these new drums that have the incredible influence of Steve Gadd behind them.

Yamaha Recording Custom drum kits and Recording Custom Series snare drums are expected to ship in April 2016 respectively.


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