Staggered Diagonal Seam/Air Seal System
The heart of any drum is the shell, and Yamaha's method of hand–crafting shells produces the strongest, most consistent drums available. Yamaha drums feature a staggered diagonal seam to ensure a shell that starts round, and stays round and will not require any putty filler in the bearing edges to fill voids between the plies. The Air Seal System of clamping the plies in the mold provides the same pressure 360° around the shell to make sure the glue is evenly distributed. This is key to the consistency of Yamaha shells.
Yamaha Absolute Birch series shells are crafted using Hokkaido birch from Northern Japan. Hokkaido birch has a low fundamental tone with a strong presence of midrange overtones. Our birch drums have warmth, with a good “punch” and a sound that is naturally EQ'd to produce an organic, natural tone and long sustain.
YESS II mounting system
The new version of Yamaha's YESS mounting system anchors the mount at the top and bottom nodal point of the shell. The mounting bracket is attached to a metal plate, and this assembly is isolated from the shell using rubber grommets. By shock–mounting the shell in this manner, no vibration is able to escape the shell through the hardware. The lugs are placed at a point that filters out unwanted overtones. This system gives the Absolute series a bigger sound and a pure tone with more warmth and sustain.
Back by popular demand, the sleek, classic design of the original Absolute lug is now the standard lug in the Absolute series. This lug anchors to the shell at the nodal point using a single bolt, reducing the number of holes in the shell. The small size of the lug allows it to make very little contact with the shell, and reduces the amount of shell vibration that is dampened.
The number of, and placement of the vent hole plays an important role in the sound of a drum by affecting the attack, sustain, and tone. Through exhaustive research and testing of many prototypes, Yamaha has discovered the optimal number and placement of the vent hole in each drum. Snare drums and toms up to 12" have one hole, 13" toms have two, 14" and 16" toms have four, floor toms have six, 18" bass rums have eight, and bass drums from 20" to 24" have ten vent holes.
Bass drum spurs/floating bass drum system
The Absolute series bass drums have a heavier version of our classic spur that has been a favorite in the industry for years. The newer spurs are thicker for better stability under even the heaviest playing conditions. Our 18" bass drums include our floating bass drum lift that raises the batter side of the drum off the floor for a fuller sound, while eliminating the need to shorten the beater shaft to strike the center of the head.
18"x14" Bass Drum
14"x13" Floor Tom
14"x4" Snare Drum
TH-945B Tom Holder
SS-740A Snare Stand
HS-740A Hi-Hat Stand
CS-755 Cymbal Stand (2)
FP-8500B Foot Pedal
Cymbals are not included.