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Old 12-29-2007, 10:02 AM
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Default New Yamaha gigging kit

Hello all,

Felt like getting my geek on, so here are some pics of my new kit that I got a few months ago for gigging with. (I also have a used Gretsch Broadkaster which I use now and then.) It's a Yamaha beech custom absolute nouveau in gold sparkle fade. This is my first high end Yamaha kit, and I love it! These were taken at last night's gig.

Specs, for those interested: 20x16, 14x5.5 snare, 10x7.5, 12x8, 14x14 toms. I also have a 22x18 kick and a 16x16 floor for different setups.

Cymbals are: 14 Istanbul Nostalgia hats, 18 K custom dark crash, 10 A custom splash, 20 K custom dry light ride, 17 A custom projection crash.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:19 AM
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Being beech I guess these drums have a nice boom?
Looks awesome, Yamaha does a great job on those drums...look and sound-wise!

PS: It may be a bit off-topic but what are Gretsch Broadkasters? Are those vintage drums?

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Old 12-29-2007, 12:10 PM
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Beaut kit!

The best sounding kick drum I have ever owned was a 18x22 Beech Custom.. I wish I would have kept it...

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Old 12-29-2007, 06:42 PM
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Karl - they have a really rich, warm tone, almost in between birch and maple. I really love Yamaha's finishes on their drums - nice laquer paint as opposed to a wrap. They have so many it was difficult to chose.
I believe there is a vintage Gretsch Broadkaster series (there's also a broadkaster bass guitar), but the kit I have is the newer version which was recently discontinued. They are the same as the Gretsch custom drums, except for the gun-metal hardware, and they were only available in a few satin finishes - burnt orange, ebony, and rosewood. I have the ebony. They're really nice drums. Here's a pic of the orange finish:
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:45 PM
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Ahh thats really beautiful. I'd love a little gigging kit sometime in the next year or 2. A Russian doll style one would be even better!

Oh and thats another perfect Yammie sparkle!
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:39 PM
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Beautiful kit!! I love the subtle fade that it has, very classy. Nice cymbals too. Looks like a real cool gig!!
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:23 PM
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very nice kit. Love the finish :D
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:57 PM
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Nice giant step! That's the two beaters connected to the foot plate and the heel plate, right?

I dig the setup; Nice job.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:18 PM
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That's a fun looking little setup you got there! Yamaha has the best finishes, hands down.

How do you feel about the 16x20 bass? Right now I'm playing an 18x22 but I'm wanting something smaller.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:08 AM
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That finish is amazing I love Yamaha drums good thing since I play them. I really dig the nouveau lugs except on the bass drum I find them a pain when changing bd heads.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:30 AM
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Thanks for the kind words on the gear dudes! This is the first brand new high end kit I've bought in over 10 years, so I'm loving it.

Mr Pasquini - unfortunately the pedal is not as exciting as the one you described; it's just a regular double without the lefty part...

burnthehero - I really like the 20x16, and chose that size for the versatility. It's really punchy when tuned low, but it can also sound great for jazz with a more open tuning. My Gretsch kit also has a 20x16, although its low end isn't as good as the Yamaha's, imo...
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:44 AM
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Excellent. Great set and great cymbals. Very cool.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:39 PM
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Beautiful kit! Very classy! Yamaha makes great stuff.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:47 PM
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That finish is tasty! I'd like to see it set up with the 22" kick and second floor tom.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:54 PM
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drop dead gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:09 PM
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Karl - they have a really rich, warm tone, almost in between birch and maple. I really love Yamaha's finishes on their drums - nice laquer paint as opposed to a wrap. They have so many it was difficult to chose.
I believe there is a vintage Gretsch Broadkaster series (there's also a broadkaster bass guitar), but the kit I have is the newer version which was recently discontinued. They are the same as the Gretsch custom drums, except for the gun-metal hardware, and they were only available in a few satin finishes - burnt orange, ebony, and rosewood. I have the ebony. They're really nice drums. Here's a pic of the orange finish:
after seeing the cowbell mount i thought that the mount was holding the rack toms.. i was about to question if thats good for a hoop
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Man, I love that finish. You're right about Yamaha having great 'color' choices in the absolute line. I almost got your finish -- there are still days I wish I had. But, as you said, so many good choices ... A beautiful kit, Roy. Congratulations.
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very nice!

Looks like you are playing in a death metal band eh? ;-)
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:15 AM
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Really nice! I love Yamaha's finishes, and this is no exception. Great sizes and cymbals too!

@rmandelbaum: don't be too quick to judge the set up. ;) I use to play with a death metal band using the same sizes, but minus the 12" tom. And if I could afford them, I'd be using cymbals relatively similar to the ones he's using.
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:04 AM
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Nice kit.

Trivia:

The Fender Telecaster guitar was originally going to be called the Broadcaster, but Gretsch felt that was too similar to their Broadkaster line of drums. There was a short period of time where these guitars were sold without names, so called "No-casters", before "Telecaster" was settled upon.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:10 AM
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Nice piece of trivia! When did Gretsch introduce the Broadkaster bass guitars?

Thanks again for the nice comments. I can't say enough about the drums. They make me want to buy even more Yamaha gear! I'm glad I got the beech because I think they're being discontinued soon. My only gripe is not to do with the drums....I wish the bell on that ride was 1/2 an inch bigger...

rmandelbaum - I haven't played any death metal yet, but you never know! One of the bands I work with does everything from Sinatra to Zeppelin in the course of the night, and the kit sounds great (to me anyway) in all those situations, without doing any retuning or whatever. That's the reason I use those sizes mostly. It could be done with the 22 kick, but that thing's a monster and it would be an effort to play really softly.
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:28 AM
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Nice set-up, and absolutely stunning finish!
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:39 AM
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What sort of a gig was it?
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:48 AM
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That particular gig in the photos was a "Debutante Ball", almost like a pageant for rich teenagers (or for their parents, I'm not really sure which...)
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