my Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

art5

Member
I dig that finish!!!
you're right I have not had the chance to personally had a close look/play of a PHX kit, but just hearing the price tag already threw me off.
But hey if you can afford it then why not.
It's the flagship of Yamaha drums. I'm sure it is a pure masterclass of a drumset.
 

gdmoore28

Gold Member
That kit is "Absolutely" gorgeous. There is something very special about higher end Yamaha drums that simply must be experienced firsthand to understand. To me, they feel and sound very different from other similar drums. Maybe this comes from my emotional attachment to them. When I still worked in a music store, I remember playing a set of Tour Customs and I was intrigued by the quality that the kit exhibited. I fell in love with Yamaha fittings and hardware.

I ended up buying a new Recording Custom kit that I used for a number of years, and in that time my appreciation for Yamaha quality only increased. I moved from those to a kit of Maple Customs, and my enthusiasm for the brand continued.

I've been through several other brands since then, but I just could not abandon the Yamaha hardware. Every kit I've owned has been outfitted with the same Yamaha stands that first supported my Recording Customs - and in all that time and all those gigs, the hardware has never failed. I guess it's been 25 years since I bought those stands, and in all that time I've yet to replace a single piece. Not even a wing screw. That's a good track record.

GeeDeeEmm
 

Mrcoffee

Member
Hello

just would like to share a few pics of my new baby Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple in vintage natural finish.
I'm consistently in awe of this kit, the looks, the built quality, the sound...nothing short of amazing. The price point is spot on too.
Even the sound engineers and all the other bandmates (yes including the guitarists and band leader) praised its looks and sound (after i hit each tom only once it turned their heads),
saying its noticeably better and livelier than the previous kit we had on stage
(Pearl MCX with G2 coated on batter toms - on this Yamaha I put G2 clear).

Sizes: 22x18 - 10x7 - 12x8 - 16x15 (I have 14x13 and snare 14x6 on back order 4 months away).

Photos do not do the kit justice (plus had to reduce the resolution significantly) but I hope you enjoy.
Hello! I just fell on your post! I just bought this kit in Red Autumn. Got it last Saturday :) I was wondering what would be your preference in terms of heads for this kit?
 

Row

Junior Member
Hello! I just fell on your post! I just bought this kit in Red Autumn. Got it last Saturday :) I was wondering what would be your preference in terms of heads for this kit?
I've settled on Evans coated g12 for toms on mine - single ply but a bit thicker than usual, & stock reso clear heads. Bass drum head can be whatever you like but I'm using the stock head.
 

markiet1966

Senior Member
I've just bought a hybrid Maple kit, I wondered what head people were using on the bass drum, I have the stock PS3 but I'm not getting the warm round sound that I want.

The toms are sounding amazing!

Mark
 

Mrcoffee

Member
I've just bought a hybrid Maple kit, I wondered what head people were using on the bass drum, I have the stock PS3 but I'm not getting the warm round sound that I want.

The toms are sounding amazing!

Mark
I also liked the tom heads and not the bass. That makes me go back to Evans EMAD that I've been playing with for many many years. Can't wait for the weekend just to do that. I'll probably try those UV1s also, althought Vintage As are pretty tempting fir this kit...
 

markiet1966

Senior Member
I also liked the tom heads and not the bass. That makes me go back to Evans EMAD that I've been playing with for many many years. Can't wait for the weekend just to do that. I'll probably try those UV1s also, althought Vintage As are pretty tempting fir this kit...
That reinforces my thinking, I usually play Evans on my kits but because this is a new kit it still has the Remo heads on. I have an EMAD at home so I will switch over at the weekend. For the toms I'll probably use my usual G2's on top and G1' on the bottoms.

Mark
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
Thanks Groov-E, that was my thinking.

Mark
My pleasure Mark !

As stated before, you'll have to go with your mood for the heads.

Personally, I use coated ambs and clear or coated emperors for heavier stuff or when I simply want that more generic sound and drier thuddier sound.

UV1s come on and off all relative to my mood , not too I'll be buying those anymore.
 

Drumprof

Member
I use coated ambassadors on the 10 and 12.
Coated emperor on the 14. Just seems to add a bit more control and warmth.
E-Mad on bass, thin ring or no ring depending on the room. Great head for the bass. More so than the Remo.
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
I use coated ambassadors on the 10 and 12.
Coated emperor on the 14. Just seems to add a bit more control and warmth.
E-Mad on bass, thin ring or no ring depending on the room. Great head for the bass. More so than the Remo.
It is strange to say is it should be the other way around, but these shells really bring the best characteristics out of any type of heads.
 

Drumprof

Member
Do any other of you AHM owners ever wonder why these drums don’t seem get more traction in the market?
Is it price? Availability?
They sure are fantastic drums in tone, musicality and aesthetically.
 
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