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.
There was a girl who decided to give her boyfriend a 2nd year anniversary present by purchasing a 2 hour drum lesson for him out her own pocket. Here’s her boyfriend’s review of the lesson:
“Just one lesson with Jason was enough to show how passionate he is in drumming and music as a whole.
A truly dedicated trainer, Jason spares no effort in bestowing the rudiments and fundamentals of drumming upon his student.
I highly recommend Jason as a trainer. His passion is inspiring and will kindle the love of drumming in his students.
~ Yuh harn”
Hes considering regular lessons now :-).
As stated above, check out the paragraph titled “Any Good?” The track I played on “December By The Isle of You” written, arranged, and produced by Singapore-based Mauritian-French singer-songwriter, Jonathan Meur, is described by the reviewer as “luminiscent!”
Album is now available in cd format at all Starbucks outlets as well as in digital format on bandcamp.com. All proceeds go to the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore.