Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute

2bsticks

Platinum Member
Hi,
I just purchased the BCA kit. I'm used to the live oak, and oak custom. Just wondering on head choice. My go to is usually coated ambassador, clear emperor and lately Evans UV1.
 

Living Dead Drummer

Platinum Member
I think that combo would work well with the Birch Customs. My RC's and Live Customs are currently rock'n with Aquarian's. Coated Response 2's on the tops, and Classic Clears on the bottoms. Basically the same as an Emperor/Ambassador combo.
 

trickg

Silver Member
I have found Vintage Emperors sound pretty danged sweet on just about any kit I've heard them on. Vintage Emps over clear Ambassadors, with an EMAD on the kick, and you'll be set IMO.
 

2bsticks

Platinum Member
Hey, thanks. I usd Remo vintage emperor on a Magstar kit and they sounded great on that kit. Think I might give them a try after the UV1's wear out. Could be a while with these things 😁
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
You seem to be going through a lot of Yamaha kits lately. Do you still have the Oaks?

Vintage Emperors will take some of the edge off the birch.
I liked them when I had Stage Custom birch kits, but they're a bit much on my MCAN's.
I use coated Ambassadors on those.
 

2bsticks

Platinum Member
HI Bill, yes, I have been active in the drum department lately. At 65 I must be going through a mid life crisis 😬 In the past year I sold a Magstar kit, Gretsch kit, Yamaha Tour custom ( new model) a live oak kit and an oak custom and a hybrid maple. A local guy here who has a shop. Keeps me informed if something comes up he thinks I might be interested in.

Thinning out gear and the birch kit is 10,12,14,16,20 he is also throwing in a new stage custom bop kit. This should be it for me for a while........I hope
 

trickg

Silver Member
I've always been impressed with Yamaha's birch drums. I selected a Yamaha Stage Custom birch for a church where I was playing, and once I got that kit set up with new heads and a good tuning, it really sounded sweet.

I was SOOO on the fence when I got my bop kit a few months ago between the Stage Custom bop and the Gretsch Catalina Jazz bop kit. I went with the Gretsch because of the supposed sonic differences between birch, which is supposed to be a bit brighter, and mahogany, which is supposedly darker. Granted, the quality of wood in either kit isn't wasn't going to be top notch, but it is what it is. So far so good, I like the Gretsch well enough.

In any case, the drummer for the wedding band where I play trumpet uses a Stage Custom Birch kit - he has "better" drums, but he wanted a kit he wasn't afraid might get dinged up, and one he had no qualms about leaving on a truck. He upgraded the hoops with die cast hoops, and those drums always sound great with the way he plays them.

I'm curious to hear how you like these drums once you get them set up.
 
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