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Old 12-07-2011, 02:59 AM
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Default My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish **VIDEO**

I picked up my first quality kit yesterday and I couldn't be happyer. I still can't believe it! I've been playing my Yamaha DP series since I started playing, so this is quite the upgrade.

I fell in love with these the minute I saw them on eBay. I was looking for a maple kit with big sizes and have heard/read nothing but good things about Yamaha so it was a no-brainer. The vintage natural finish really topped things off nicely, too. Can't wait to see them once the shells settle to their golden-brown color. I wish it would've came with a white resonant head but it's not that big of a deal. I'm going to change it to a white one this weekend.

I bought them from The Drum Shop in Portland, ME and had the pleasure of dealing with the owner himself (incredibly nice guy). I was kind of worried about the cost of customs but it wasn't all that bad. Definitely worth it considering that I would've paid about double or triple for these where I live.

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- 24x18
- 13x9
- 16x16
- 18x16

Snares:
- '65 Ludwig LM400
- Gretsch 14x6.5 Full Range with wood/metal hoops

Cymbals: All Sabian
- 14" Vault Artisan hats
- 18" AAXplosion Fast Crash
- 20" HHX Evolution ride
- 19" AAX Dark crash

Hardware:
DW9000 double kick and 2-leg hi-hat stand
Yamaha single-braced stands

Next purchases will be a LM402 or a matching MCA 14x7 snare to go along with the kit. I'm going to get matching DW9000 cymbal stands and possibly a snare stand for the rack tom. I've also decided that I'm going to sell my double kick and get a single 9000 instead. I don't use the left slave pedal at all anymore... I'm looking at buying a 21" HHX Groove ride too.

I took the pictures with my Blackberry so they're not the best. I played around with the lighting a bit but it didn't help all that much.

Anyways, without further adieu:
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:19 AM
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

Congrats on your purchase..That's a very nice kit!...I think you'll really like the vintage natural finish...I have several snares with this finish and definitely darkens over time to nice golden brown finish..
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:47 AM
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Beautiful kit, and great sizes too. Enjoy!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:14 PM
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Congrats on your purchase..That's a very nice kit!...I think you'll really like the vintage natural finish...I have several snares with this finish and definitely darkens over time to nice golden brown finish..
I think I'm going to like it too! I've seen a few pictures of the finish once it settles and it's absolutely gorgeous. Really classy.

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Beautiful kit, and great sizes too. Enjoy!!
Thank you. I will! :)
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:32 PM
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

J Clutch. Those are exquisite as almost all Yamaha mid to high level are. Everything Yamaha about them down to the last bracket.

Look at this... these guys are trying to compare the eames assembled stuff ( although with their quality shells ), with what Yamaha offers. and look at their kits i posted 2nd below.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=84248

http://www.eamesdrumshells.com/Drumsetgallery.html
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:55 PM
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Very very nice. Those must sound as incredible as they look. Classy. Congrats and have fun. Put up some sound clips whenever.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:08 PM
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Great looking kit, have fun with them.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:22 PM
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Congratulations on the purchase of a stellar kit!
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:02 PM
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

great kit indeed, the more I see it the more I dig it, really love that natural finish too. Also great selection of cymbals to compliment the kit. I'd love to hear it if possible some time.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:07 PM
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Congrats! Those look great and I bet they sound fantastic.
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:00 PM
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Beautiful kit. My Yamaha Recording Customs have the same (I think) natural finish, although, 30 years old ... they're a little darker, now. I'll never give them up.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:43 AM
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

Thanks for all the compliments guys! I'll try and get a recording up as soon as possible.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:55 AM
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Very Nice Congrats, I saw these a few weeks back ona trip I made to Portland as well. They are beautiful. How much did you pay if yoou don't mind?
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Very Nice Congrats, I saw these a few weeks back ona trip I made to Portland as well. They are beautiful. How much did you pay if yoou don't mind?
Nice! I was like a kid in a candy store at that drum shop, it was amazing. And I paid $2600 CDN + $156 for customs.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:16 PM
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Beautiful kit! Very classy! Enjoy!
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Beautiful kit! Very classy! Enjoy!
Thank you!



My coated heads and white reso finally came in so I'll be putting some new pictures up (with a good camera this time) in the coming week and maybe some sort of recording too. Cheers guys!
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:47 PM
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

Hey guys, I posted a video of myself playing the kit on Youtube if you're interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpEOFjidABA

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Really sweet kit you have there! Love the sizes as well. I bet they sound enormous!
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Really sweet kit you have there! Love the sizes as well. I bet they sound enormous!
They sure do! I have 'em tuned wide open and I love it. My band actually said that they sound like they're mic'ed up, that's how loud they are :)
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish **UPDATED PIC**

Here's an updated picture with an Emperor Smooth White reso and Emperor Coated tom batters:
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Sweet kit. I had a kit just like that only 10x7.5/12x9/16x14/22x18 and loved them. Great looking finish isn't it? Only gets better with time and they sound awesome. Congrats. BTW, I like it better with the white head on the kick too!
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Awesome all the way around. Even the small hole in kick drum reso.
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Absolutely beautiful kit!
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Great looking drums. Fantastic finish. You should be proud of those!
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:34 AM
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Sweet kit. I had a kit just like that only 10x7.5/12x9/16x14/22x18 and loved them. Great looking finish isn't it? Only gets better with time and they sound awesome. Congrats. BTW, I like it better with the white head on the kick too!
Thanks! Yeah I love the finish, I can't wait for it to settle in. I'm glad you think the white reso looks better too! :)

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Awesome all the way around. Even the small hole in kick drum reso.
Thanks man! It's only a 4" hole, I wanted a port hole juuust big enough for a mic to fit in there.

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Absolutely beautiful kit!
Thanks man! :)

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Great looking drums. Fantastic finish. You should be proud of those!
Thank you! I really am proud!

...a little too much, actually. :)
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Default Re: My new Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute in vintage natural finish

Here are a few more recent pics of my kit. I haven't been using the 18" FT all that much lately but I'm sure I'll start using it again soon enough.

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