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Old 04-11-2007, 01:39 PM
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Default My Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Natural Vintage

Hi every one!

Here are some pictures of my lovely Yammies. It is a Yamaha birch custom absolute, natural vintage - I got them in December last year, and there have been some changes in the setup.

My current setup is:

- 10x7,5 YBCA
- 12x8 YBCA (just ordered - not arrived)
- 14x14 YBCA
- 18x14 YBCA

- 14x5 1960(?) Keystone badge Ludwig Acrolite Prototype snare


My Cymbals:

- 12" K Zildjian Splash
- 14" K Zildjian Custom Session Hihat
- 16" A Zildjian BOP Hihat
- 18" K Zildjian Custom Session Crash
- 18" A Zildjian Custom Crash
- 20" K Zildjian Ride
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Other cymbals:
- 8" Stagg Regular Splash
- 18" Tosco Crash
- 18" Anatolian Expression Crash


OK - here we go!

From behind:


From the side:


Up close:


Even closer - the badge:


Bop set-up :-)


I love'em:


I hope you like them! I'll get back with some newer pictures of my current set-up if you like?

All comments are welcome.

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:54 PM
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I love the kit, but I'm confused as to what size your floor tom is? What are the session cymbals like? I was looking at them but i chose k mastersounds instead.

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Old 04-11-2007, 03:06 PM
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get us a picture of the badge on that snare drum...and "ludwigvondrumcrazy" will figure it out for you!!

Snare looks like a 13" though.....must be the camera angle! :)
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:32 PM
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I was curious where the Taye drum head came from... I dig the amber though!
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:04 PM
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Awesome man.

hows the yammie groove wedge working out for you?
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:37 PM
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That chair would make my bum numb.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:46 PM
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Default Re: My Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Natural Vintage

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I love the kit, but I'm confused as to what size your floor tom is? What are the session cymbals like? I was looking at them but i chose k mastersounds instead.

Tom
Hi tomodrum!

The floor tom is 14x14 inches. I love the session hihat but the 18" session crash has a very dark sound that doesn't really fit in with my other cymbals. But it is a very nice cymbal though!
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:54 PM
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get us a picture of the badge on that snare drum...and "ludwigvondrumcrazy" will figure it out for you!!

Snare looks like a 13" though.....must be the camera angle! :)
The snare on these pictures are actually the snare that comes with the Yamaha Manu Katché hipgig that I used to play. That snare is only 12x5 - but it made a awesome rim click with the jingle wedge on. I used until I sold my hipgig and that way could afford a snare stand that could hold snares bigger than 12 inches :P

This is the kit that the small snare came with. Yes - it is me playing the kit :)



About the Taye head - I found it in a shop, and it was very cheap. But it sounds great. The snare just needed a new head before I sold the hipgig kit.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:56 PM
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That chair would make my bum numb.
Yeah - it certainly makes my bum numb lol! It really is a lousy chair. I will get another one when i can afford it.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:59 PM
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Default Re: My Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Natural Vintage

thanks for the reply. It must be a shame that you have a cymbal you don't like/ doesn't fit in with your other cymbals. I sometimes wish id tried those session hats but o well.

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Old 04-11-2007, 10:56 PM
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loks nice. BOP hats? never heard of those... what kind of sticks are those on the snare in th v.f. cartrige
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:54 PM
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loks nice. BOP hats? never heard of those... what kind of sticks are those on the snare in th v.f. cartrige
Hi!

Those are Vic Firth Jack DeJohnette signature sticks. Very nice sticks!
I asked the same question about the BOp-hat on zildjians web site. I got i nice answer - I'll post a picture of the answer later.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:00 AM
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love the finish, its gorgeous, not much else to comment on, but once again, nice finish
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:41 AM
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yea i really like your finish too
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:48 AM
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I asked the same question about the BOP-hat on zildjians web site. I got a nice answer - I'll post a picture of the answer later.
OK - this is what Zildjian says:


And thank you all for the nice comment about the finish. It really is a nice finish!

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:23 AM
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Default Re: My Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Natural Vintage

Ok - just a few pics of my pre-serial keystone badge ludwig acrolite.

The drum with all aluminum hoops and lugs:


The pre-serial keystone badge:


The snare strainer - and some nasty scratches in the snare hoop :s


But-end:


Snare wires:


The red felt muffler:


The snare again with base ball bat muffler:


According to this site, it seams that I've got a acrolite prototype

I don't know how rare these snares are in the US, but I have never seen one in Denmark where I live. Maybe you guys could tell med a little more about this snare? Thank you!
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the pics.....I GET IT NOW...the Acrolite is NOT in the original pictures...I was going to say....that doesn't look like an Acro!?

Anyhow.....yes......I've heard of these.....DON'T LET IT GO!!!

Dates probably 61-63 or so...maybe a 64 .......early...
The red felt muffler helps to date it! :)

again ... don't let it go .......unless you're going to sell it to me !! :)
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:00 PM
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Birch Custom Absolute....mhhh, beautiful.
and HA! You are the second one I see here in the forum who plays Anatolian bronze!! How do you like them? I used an Anatolian Ultimate Hi-Hat for band recordings and I liked them.

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Old 04-12-2007, 08:17 PM
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Have you noticed the colour change in the shells yet? That's the beauty of the natural vintage finish. When you get them brand new they tend to be a bit pinkish in colour, over time they go yellow/orange and it ends up deeper and deeper. More rich looking over time.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:52 PM
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Birch Custom Absolute....mhhh, beautiful.
and HA! You are the second one I see here in the forum who plays Anatolian bronze!! How do you like them? I used an Anatolian Ultimate Hi-Hat for band recordings and I liked them.

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Hehe - ok. In Denmark a lot of drummers play Anatolian. I especially love the emotion cymbals. The expression cymbals on the first picture were to small and high pitched for my taste - they were only 16" and 17", hehe. The 18" expression I use now has no logo on it, but what the heck. I bought it used from a guy who bought it on ebay.de! I think Anatolian cymbals have been popular south of the danish border for quite some time now? They have only just entered the danish market some 2 or 3 years ago. But know they are really, really popular.
Just two weeks ago I met with many of the members of the danish drum forum trommeslageren.dk. There was a little exhibition of Yamaha and Anatolian. That really is a nice combination. Here are two pics of me playing some of those nice drums and cymbals:

Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute + Anatolian traditional:


Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute + Zildjian K+ K const:


It was a very funny day!

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Old 04-12-2007, 09:55 PM
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Have you noticed the colour change in the shells yet? That's the beauty of the natural vintage finish. When you get them brand new they tend to be a bit pinkish in colour, over time they go yellow/orange and it ends up deeper and deeper. More rich looking over time.
I haven't really noticed any change i color yet. I have had the kit for about 5 months now, but it is build in 2004. I think the aging process is most noticeable in the first one or two years. But I am looking forward to seeing how my brand new 12x8 inch tom will fit in with the rest of the kit when it arrives. Thanks for the comment!
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:45 PM
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Sweet drums man beautiful finish.

I dig the cymbals as well.
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wow! beautiful drums and nice cymbals!
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:17 PM
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Just a little update. I just received a new 12" tom tom for the kit. I also got a new 14x5½" Steve Gadd signature steel snare.

Have a look:






And the specs are:
18x14 (kick), 10x7½, 12x8 & 14x14 tom toms
14x5½ Snare
14" K Custom Session Hihat
18" K Custom Session Crash
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Drooool!

Kinda makes me jealous -- I'm still saving up money for my own Yammie. That's a beautiful finish, accompanied by an amazing snare and some nice pies (for Zildjians :P)

Interesting snare angle, any reason for having it tilted towards you like that?
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drool drool drool !! wow!

BTW, theres got to be a way ( I hope ) for you to position your drums, so that you don't choke off that beautiful kick by pushing it up against the wall

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what great stuff! That acrolite snare looks just so nice :p
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Lucky LUCKY guy. Steve Gadd snare and everything

Extremely jealous? Yes.
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Drooool!

Kinda makes me jealous -- I'm still saving up money for my own Yammie. That's a beautiful finish, accompanied by an amazing snare and some nice pies (for Zildjians :P)

Interesting snare angle, any reason for having it tilted towards you like that?
The angle isn't really that odd at all. I think it is the camera angle that make it seem like that. There is a bit of an angle and that is to prevent the wood hoop from being too worn out.

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drool drool drool !! wow!

BTW, theres got to be a way ( I hope ) for you to position your drums, so that you don't choke off that beautiful kick by pushing it up against the wall
I used to have the kit sat up like in the 2nd picture in the top of the thread. But I needed some more space to study in my room. Sadly I won't be using this kit as intense as I would like to, 'cause I just moved 200 km to Copenhagen to study on the university. And here in Copenhagen it is not very easy to find an affordable place to put up your drums.


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what great stuff! That acrolite snare looks just so nice :p
Well - thank you so much. I think so too. :D


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Lucky LUCKY guy. Steve Gadd snare and everything

Extremely jealous? Yes.
Yeah - i was very lucky to get the snare rather cheap. Normally this model would cost around US$ 1250 here in Denmark. But i got it for US$ 475. So I'm happy about that. I know it is a lot of money, but I just turned 20 so I wanted to buy myself a little special something :D
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A few shots of the kit with my new elvin jones sig. snare... :)
Hope you like it!
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I'm gettting gooseflesh!!!!!!
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wow thats a lovely looking kit nice :)
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That set-up looks great. Elvin Jones Sig - nice. Do you still have the Steve Gadd snare too?
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:55 PM
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Thank you all

@ katman: yup - I still got the gadd snare...
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Congratulation man!!! Nice kit!!!!!!!!!
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Beautiful! I've always loved that finish!
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WOW! I love it! :D congrats, dude!
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