The Story Continues - Iconic Yamaha Recording Custom Drum Series Is Re-Designed Alongside Legendary Drummer Steve Gadd

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New Drum Kit Delivers Classic Signature Sound and Latest Enhancements in Drum Technologies

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"To have Steve Gadd’s influence and guidance for these improvements created a ‘new classic’ – something truly special that any drummer will immediately recognize,” said Steven Fisher, Yamaha.

Yamaha 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 last month at the 2016 NAMM Show.

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 aluminum 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 was one of those rare opportunities to work with one of the legends who helped establish the outstanding reputation of the original Recording Custom Series,” said Steven Fisher, marketing manager, drums, Yamaha Corporation of America. “We were able to refine and improve upon those original designs to exact sound specifications that address how music and recording have evolved. To have Steve Gadd’s influence and guidance for these improvements created a ‘new classic’ – something truly special that any drummer will immediately recognize.”

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.

Pricing and Availability
Yamaha Recording Custom drum kits (MSRP: $4,500) and Recording Custom Series snare drums (MSRP: $679) are expected to ship in February and March 2016 respectively.

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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, commercial installation 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, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, 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, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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