Yamaha: Advancing The Art Of Drumming For 45 Years

Company Creates Several Industry Standard Products; Continues Fruitful Collaborations With Musicians |Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

Since 1967, Yamaha Drums has set the standard for innovation in the drumming world. The process of manufacturing drum shells begins with select woods. Introducing precision processing that combined a staggered diagonal seam with the Air-Seal System, which puts even pressure on the shell’s inner surface to create a perfectly round shell with uniform thickness and excellent durability, Yamaha created a revolution in drum manufacturing.

From there, the company made its mark with the legendary Recording Custom set, known as the most recorded drum set in history, which established a pinnacle in sound and quality. Three years ago, Yamaha Drums introduced the flagship PHX kit, a hybrid shell that includes hard, resonant jatoba and kapur wood never before used in a drum kit. The PHX’s adoption by several of the world’s great drummers attests to its quality. Since then, Yamaha continues to introduce new products that excite drummers and music fans, including the Rock Tour, Club Custom and an overhauled Absolute line. Yamaha even re-designed its hardware to provide increased operability, stability and durability.

Hardware inventions include the hideaway cymbal boom arm, locking hi-hat clutch, a ball joint tom mount that rotates 360 degrees and interchangeable pipe diameters to provide maximum flexibility in hardware set-up. Yamaha high-performance lugs ensure ease of use and the Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System (YESS) creates a high-resonating shell. At this year’s NAMM show, Yamaha also introduces the new HexRack II, the lightest, strongest drum rack in the business.

Of course, Yamaha couldn’t do it alone: the company receives support, input and guidance from drumming legends and a huge list of well-respected performers and instructors from every genre of music, including Carter Beauford, Keith Carlock, Billy Cobham, Dave Garibaldi, Roy Haynes, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Dafnis Prieto, ?uestlove and Dave Weckl.

“Created in conjunction with musicians, Yamaha Drums has never scrimped on the creation of its drums, including acoustically engineered designs and the skills of the company’s master craftsmen,” said David Jewell, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums, Pro Audio & Combo Division. “With the inspiration of our artists, Yamaha Drums will continue to our mission of blending new technology with rich history to create incomparable instruments and experiences far into the future.”

One of the most high-profile drummers that plays Yamaha Drums is Rochester, NY’s own Steve Gadd. According to his bio on Yamaha’s website,

“Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world.”

Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, then finished at Eastman School of Music. Before that, he studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with another Rochestarian, Chuck Mangione, then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York and doing studio work in 1971.

Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world. Regarded as the most influential drummer in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon’s “Fifty Ways”, Steely Dan’s “Aja”, and Chick Corea’s “Nite Sprite” were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

He rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene and has since played with a wide variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff.

After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon’s South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule. Some artists include Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, and jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com or visit http://4wrd.it/yamahadrums.

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Zildjian Rings In 2012 With Additions To Their Flag Ship Cymbal Lines: Part I – Rochester drums | Examiner.com

Zildjian Rings In 2012 With Additions To Their Flag Ship Cymbal Lines: Part I – Rochester drums | Examiner.com.

Zildjian recently announced their new cymbals for 2012. Here is the first of two articles highlighting the new offerings.

A Custom

20th Anniversary A Custom 21" Ride

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the A Custom cymbal line, Zildjian has launched the new 21” Anniversary Ride, available in 2012 only. The new 21” size is extremely versatile, making it well suited for all types of musical settings. Retaining all of the A Custom cymbal line attributes, the new 21” Anniversary Ride features symmetrical hammering, brilliant finish, and medium weight for a balanced sound that is neither too high nor too low. Known for its crisp, sweet sound, this cymbal’s loud, penetrating bell is also ideal for Latin patterns. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the A Custom line, a cream-white logo and special trademark have been added to the cymbal. Special trade and consumer events commemorating the Anniversary will be announced throughout the year.

A Zildjian Pocket HiHats

A Zildjian

The A Zildjian Line now includes the 13″ A Zildjian Pocket HiHats as a stand-alone product. Originally introduced as part of its successful Inspiration Pack for Gospel and Praise and Worship, these 13” A Zildjian HiHats feature a thin top and heavy bottom providing plenty of chick that’s explosive, bright, and quick to decay. Unlathed and featuring large crater-style hammering, these HiHats make an ideal set for just about any musical genre including funk, hip hop, pop, and rock.

K Custom

K Custom Line

Finally, Zildjian brings some fierce sounds to the K Custom Line of cymbals. Unlathed, but extensively hammered throughout the body and bell, the all-new K Custom Dark Complex Ride features a proprietary satin finish that adds to its unique appearance. Available in 21” and 22” sizes, these Rides are dark and complex, with good stick definition and just enough spread. Both sizes are medium-thin in weight. Another innovation of the Zildjian Sound Lab is the 19″ K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash. Designed in conjunction with Akira Jimbo, the 19” Trash Smash is ideal for both crashing and riding, either on the outer edge or main body. With its inverted bell, extensive hammering, and thin weight, this cymbal lives up to its name, delivering plenty of trash when it’s smashed. A very playable and controllable cymbal, the K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash features an abundance of overtones for a completely new sound. The K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash is thin in weight.

Zildjian’s website lists a number of artists with ties to the Rochester, NY area. They include:

The Twelve Drum Solos Of Christmas

Don’t say I never gave you anything. I present my gift to you:  The Twelve Drum Solos of The Christmas. In reality, it is in honor of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and any other holiday that falls around this time.   Actually, there were supposed to be 12 solos, but I didn’t want to leave any of these out, so there are 13. Well, in fact, if you count them up, there are 15 drummers because there are two group solo videos.  These are not in any order at all and this is not to say these are the best drummers in the world. Well, some of them are, but these are my

favorite drum solos.  I did save the best for last. It is a three-part video of John Bonham‘s famous Moby Dick solo, from the Earl’s Court concert in 1985.  Bonham was the reason I took up the drums way back when, so I had to put him last.

Happy Holidays from 4DrummersOnly. Enjoy!

Neil Peart

Thomas Lang

Sheila E

Terry Bozzio with Chad Wackerman

Buddy Rich

Carmine Appice

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