Simple Revisions Yield Major Improvements for Yamaha CSM Series Concert Snare Drums

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8-ply shell provides more sensitivity and wider dynamic response.

Yamaha CSM Series Concert Snare

"Their sound and versatility will maintain their ‘must-have’ status for any band director," said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha is featuring the CSM Series Concert Snare Drum at the 2014 NAMM Show.

Constant improvements in technology, manufacturing and quality have made Yamaha Percussion products the sought-after choices for professionals and beginners alike. With that in mind, what started as a simple revision has resulted in new, improved versions of the company’s best-selling concert snare drums.

The redesigned 13” and 14” CSM Series (models 1350AII, 1450AII and 1465AII) offer improved sound quality, along with a simple, user-friendliness that makes them great options for the intermediate player or individual at the middle school, high school or college level, and for a wide variety of musical applications. With these upgrades, the CSM Series now has the expression and playability typically found in more expensive models.

Quality begins with construction. A specially designed 8-ply shell allows for more sensitivity and wider dynamic response, while new Q-type strainers have also been designed for smoother operation. Improvements to the 13” CSM-1350AII make it more utility-driven, giving it a lighter response and feel with a noticeably brighter sound.

“Our concert snare drums have always done very well – particularly with educators who trust Yamaha,” said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “When we improved our best-selling models, we had no idea what kind of an impact it would have on their sound and overall quality. This simple, unassuming snare drum can now go toe-to-toe in the some of the finest concert halls, but their sound and versatility will maintain their ‘must-have’ status for any band director.”

Pricing and Availability

The new Yamaha CSM Series Concert Snare Drums (MSRP: $307 to $392) are shipping.

For more information about Concert Snare Drums, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, running January 23-26, or visit


About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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