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Old 04-15-2008, 08:51 PM
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Default Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute

My new MCA set. I've played Tama Superstars since 1983 and finally took the plunge. These are fantastic drums and are sized at 8 (sitting on the throne) 10, 12, 14, 16 with an 18X22 bass drum in Sea Blue. I swapped the stock heads for Evans G2 and left stock reso heads as is. The sound and craftmanship of these drums is incredible.

Also got a Black Panther brass snare to round things off.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:59 PM
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Ah a lefty are we?

Very nice. Drums are excellent. You must love your black panther.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:03 PM
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Yeah, I love them all. The snare is ultra sensative and has a crack like you wouldn't believe.

As for being a lefty, please don't hold it against me.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:16 PM
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Great looking kit. You've got them set up backwards though :)
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:21 PM
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Nice kit! BTW, I played some ' 83 Superstars for 23 years before I finally made a change in gear. Enjoy your new drums.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:27 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute

I always have difficulty looking at left hand setups. I expect to see a snare and see a floor tom. That confuses me :p.

Great set though, there is nothing wrong with it. What material is your snare?
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:43 PM
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Frank,

It's a brass snare with Black Chrome finish.

And you guys all know what they say about lefties? We're the only people in our 'right' minds.

What say all you lefties out there??
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:27 PM
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Absolutely (!) stunning.
Yamaha quality is really top notch. Gorgeous colour too.
What's the sizes on the rack toms? It almost looks like an 8x10 and a 10x12 config, as the depth on the 12 looks more than 1 inch?
No worries about the reso's, as they are USA Remo's.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:34 AM
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Hey Phil,

Thanks for the compliment! The toms are 8x8, 10x9, 12x10, 14x14, 16x16. I originally bought a set in the 'red sparkle' finish from Long and McQuade's in T.O., but saw this one at Steve's a few weeks later and decided to change kits. I love the finish on your drums btw- the quality is truly amazing in Yamaha's finishes, but especially the sparkle finishes. Most other manufacturers can only get that look in a wrap.

p.s. it's nice to see a fellow Ontarian here!
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:53 AM
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Sweet looking kit! You will love the coated G2's on the MCA's. And, you are right about the fit of the MCA's -- just superb. If you decide to mount the toms off of the bass drum, Yamaha makes a great double tom holder. I like your finish, as well. Congratulations.
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:59 AM
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Looks great! I printed out a picture of it and then looked at in in the mirror. :P
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:04 AM
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Here's a modified pic for all of you righties out there......
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:11 AM
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:21 AM
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No worries gconyers, Aydee is a member here who will sure enough show up here soon. Not only is he a fellow Yammie player but he is also a southpaw. Sweet new setup, too. Yamaha makes really nice drums.
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:36 AM
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... As for being a lefty, please don't hold it against me.
Nice looking kit. Congrats!

It's funny, I'm a lefty and I find it so hard to watch lefty players. My mind automatically tries to do a mirror reversal so I can figure out what the person is playing, and a conscious effort needs to be made to prevent my mind from doing a reversal.

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Old 04-16-2008, 03:38 AM
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Beautiful kit, more Yammies - always a good thing.

Funny, I am a lefty who plays a right handed set up...never thought about it as a kid, had to share kit at school with other drummers for Jazz Band and just got used to it.

I'll have to try setting my kit up left handed and see how that works!

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Old 04-16-2008, 05:45 AM
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Wow, another converted MCAN playing lefty that used to play Tama's.

Thats 2 of us, bud. Welcome to the club.

p.s.- don't let THAT GUY ( Teeg ) see the tag on your kit, he's going to give you a real hard time about it.

( Yes, YE0M, I can sniff them from miles away.. ; )

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Old 04-17-2008, 12:36 AM
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Aydee,

Nice to know that I'm in good company here.

And thanks for the compliments everyone.

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Old 04-17-2008, 04:52 PM
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Hey Phil,

Thanks for the compliment! The toms are 8x8, 10x9, 12x10, 14x14, 16x16. I originally bought a set in the 'red sparkle' finish from Long and McQuade's in T.O., but saw this one at Steve's a few weeks later and decided to change kits. I love the finish on your drums btw- the quality is truly amazing in Yamaha's finishes, but especially the sparkle finishes. Most other manufacturers can only get that look in a wrap.

p.s. it's nice to see a fellow Ontarian here!
Funny how that 12 looks more than an inch deeper than the 10 in the first photo's, but in the "reversed" pic it looks "normal" to me!
You made the right decision, the colour is awesome on this kit.
Too bad we don't have a wealth of drum shops here in Ontario, but I was in Just Drums in TO yesterday, and that place is the bomb! Wow, like a kid in a candy store....lol
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:41 PM
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Hey Phil,

I find it a huge challenge to go into a music store and not buy something. Even if it's only a Modern Drummer mag.

While I was shopping for my drums I went into Just Drums and they had a huge selection of, well, just about everything including a Beech Custom kit which I understand is going out of production.

Like a kid in a candy store is a major understatement.

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Old 04-18-2008, 01:41 PM
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Beautiful drums man, I know they sound good. Enjoy them!
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:29 PM
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Sigh... So many Yammies, so little (insert your choice here.., time/money/wifely understanding/room/etc../et al..).

What a gorgeous kit.

I love my cherry finish, but I swear, if I could find someone to do it for me that I trusted, I would refinish them.

A while back someone posted some pics here of their kit that was a sort of satin/strawberry with maple hoops.... that kit was drop dead. I would probably snag that color combo.

Then again, a natural honey/amber is cool too..

So many finishes, so lit.............. well, you get the idea...

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Old 04-25-2008, 05:55 PM
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Very nice kit, love that colour too...As a proud owner of a Yamaha beech custom I'm familiar with the feeling you have right now. May I recommend G1"s/Ambassador's for the 8" and 10", I have a coated ambassador on my 10" and not only does it open up the drum but it has increased tuning flexibility. My 12", 14" toms have coated emperors and ps3 on 22" kick drum.
I highly recommend this!!
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:58 PM
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Another Yamaha Custom Absolute! Looks really great...and those have good tonal qualities!

What`s the difference between the Maple Custom and the Absolute line? Different shell thicknesses?

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Old 04-27-2008, 03:55 AM
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Karl,

to answer your question, about $3k....haha. the maple customs have more plys, an overall thicker shell (and price tag) and the lugs are different.

veggo, i may just give your suggestion a try.....do you find much of a difference in the attack/warmth, sustain between the heads? does it seem noticible?
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:37 PM
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Karl,

to answer your question, about $3k....haha. the maple customs have more plys, an overall thicker shell (and price tag) and the lugs are different.
Thanks!
Often I`m confused by all those lines. I`d prefer thinner shells as well. Though the look of those Maple Custom lugs is amazing, especially combined with the finish.

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Old 04-27-2008, 08:27 PM
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hey :) I hope youve allready posted picture of that sweet snare to my blask panther snare thread :P
btw lovely finish
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Yeah, I love them all. The snare is ultra sensative and has a crack like you wouldn't believe.

As for being a lefty, please don't hold it against me.
Love the kit man!!! Nice to see another lefty like me, set there drums up left-handed!!
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:08 PM
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The kit looks great. I also like your practice space. It's seems quite versatile; equally suited for drumset or cutting up bodies into 6 easy-to-carry pieces.

I also am partial to the Black Panther snare as well.

BTW, I spent 2 weeks in the Waterloo-Kitchener area in the summer of '89 on an exchange student program. It's a beautiful place. I particular liked the Crown Royal distillery, but as I was 13 at the time, I have no souvenirs.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:59 PM
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Nice Kit dude! Man! You have Tommy Lee cymbal bag?!?! THEY LOOK DAMN GOOD!!
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Drums look great and I'm sure they sound better than what you had. Why is the 8 inch tom on the floor? Don't you plan on pounding on that one also.
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Drums look great and I'm sure they sound better than what you had. Why is the 8 inch tom on the floor? Don't you plan on pounding on that one also.
I saw that too. if i had a 8" tom i would use it they sound soo nice!!!
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:31 AM
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I need to get a tom mount for the 8" drum. I actually prefer to mount the 8 and 10. Just thought for photo purposes that the 10/12 looked better.

As for using the space to dispose of bodies- were you looking in my basement window Ten Past Ten?
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:15 AM
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Just played my first outdoor gig with the new MCA's- kit had minimal miking and next to no equalization.....what a truly amazing sound- punchy and warm....i'm in freaking heaven.

The BP brass snare drum was great too. It cut through the mix with no problem. I had several people comment on the sound of the drums.

And for those of you who said I should use the 8" tom....I used it along with the 10" and 14" floor tom. The 14" (x14") is probably my favourite drum followed closely by the 8". It has PLENTY of low end.

Stop me if I'm rambling, but I REALLY LOVE THESE DRUMS!!!!!!

My next gig is on Thursday night.......can't wait.

Did I mention how much I love my MCA's?!?!?!?!!!!
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