As much a die-hard Ludwig fan I am who once loved Tama drums (and still have a soft spot for them), I have always been impressed with the quality of the drums that the Yamaha corporation make across the different price points. I have been fortunate to play many different models of Yamaha drumkits over the years, from the entry-level Stage Custom to the top-of-the-line Recording Customs, both on stage and in the recording studio.
The Recording Customs, which have seen a reissue a couple of years ago, are everything you could ask for in a drumkit: extremely well manufactured shells, uniformity and consistency of tone, dynamic range, quickness of response, incredible clarity, and ideal projection across all the drums.
Then enter these Yamaha Live Custom Hybrid Oak drums…The Yamaha company has outdone itself again! They took the same shell construction method of their now discontinued Phoenix (PHX) line of drums and came up with these incredibly fine sounding instruments, which history will judge them to be among the greatest drums Yamaha ever made.
Watch the demonstration in the link above. I’m sure you’ll agree with me! PS: That Japanese drummer has the most pristine single stroke roll around the kit. His groove is happening too.
Here’s an excellent review cum demonstration of these drums:
This review by Drum Center of Portsmouth (US) is probably one of the best I have seen on YouTube comparing similarly priced drumkits of different makes.
Having owned two Tama kits in the past and currently a Ludwig, this review hit home for me.
I like the Ludwig sound better, which is why I decided to play Ludwig drums for life, but Tama is by no means a slouch in the quality and great sound departments. The Ludwigs, however, have that certain “snap” that I do not hear in other brands. The response and sensitivity is so immediate with a Ludwig kit, even at the entry level.
Both kits reviewed go for under USD 800. Swee Lee music in Singapore carries these two brands – for those looking to upgrade from their entry level kits, or even for the uninitiated looking to invest in their first acoustic drumkit, and are willing to fork out abit more cash for a kit that you will have no qualms about using for live gigs and recording.
In my 12 years or so playing the drums (I have lost count actually), Vic Firth sticks have always been THE most consistent, durable, and balanced drum sticks I have ever used. I have detoured at various times to try sticks from other companies, but those do not give me the high quality that I am accustomed to with Vic Firth sticks.
This 17-part video inspired me so much and taught me about working hard for your passion, staying true to your core vision, always learning, always improving, and keeping up high standards of customer service.
I hope this video inspires you too and to play the best drum sticks in the world, VIC FIRTH.
Dang this is way cool!! The manufacturer of this product “Big Fat Snare Drum” just added me on Twitter. The product is an attachment drum head that you can place on top of your regular drum head to obtain a lower pitched, drier snare drum sound reminiscent of many of the classic 70’s recordings.
A nice shoutout from the good folks at Pantheon Percussion regarding the song, “Gan Bei”, that I recorded drums for. These guys built a 14″ by 5″ single ply maple custom snare that is inspired by the legendary Slingerland Radio Kings, and it is this snare that I used on “Gan Bei”
Have you heard our single-ply steam-bent snares? Here’s one that was used for a studio recording. This snare is a beautiful 14 x 5 Solid Maple snare with vintage chrome hardware, Blue Sparkle finish, and Canopus vintage dry wires. These wires were modeled very closely to vintage Slingerland wires in terms of construction and materials used, right down to the number of spirals in the wire. This beautiful and great sounding snare is one of our tributes to the legendary Slingerland Radio Kings snares, and we wanted to capture the spirit of the era. This track which brings back visions of old Shanghai, brought out the best in this snare; all thanks to the beautiful and very sensitive playing of Jason Benedict Cruz.
The bonus here is that the toms are from an all-maple nesting kit that we had built for the recording studio. Man do they sound sweet!