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Yamaha 5x14 Maple Custom Absolute Snare Drum-Black  From Yamaha

Yamaha is always pushing towards greater quality and greater sound. With this Maple Custom snare, Yamaha's incredible craftsmanship can be yours for less! Good used condition.  


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What We Think

Every so often, we come across certain instruments that captivate us with the way that their tonal qualities translate to a recorded format. This Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute snare did just that with us, which is why it was our go-to snare drum in our Grammy-nominated recording studio for so many years. Because Yamaha has phased out their Absolute Maple shells in favor of Absolute Hybrid Maple, we must reluctantly let this snare drum go, as we cannot offer any others like it to our recording artists who fall in love with its tone.

The six-ply, all-maple shell offers a well-rounded frequency response, allowing this drum to respond well across a wide range of tunings. The die-cast hoops help to focus the sound, giving this drum a quick attack, while still maintaining a warm and throaty timbre from its shell. 

This drum ships out with a coated Ambassador batter head (complete with our overtone dampening tape) and an Ambassador snare side head. Keep these heads to achieve the sound that became our studio's standard for so many years, or swap them out with your favorite head combination to add your own sound to this beloved snare.

Manufacturer's Description from Yamaha

With YAMAHA’s Absolute Series you can create the ideal drum kit by choosing your favorite elements from our highest-quality materials and components. So, why play just anybody’s drum kit when you could have your very own “dream kit”?
Carefully selected maple material is used. It offers rich, warm tone and abundant sustain. This material is loved by drummers the world over and is heard in every musical genre imaginable. 
Both the maple and birch shells are available in the seven-ply (BD) and six-ply (FT, TT, SD) specifi cations. Excellent durability is achieved with the use of premium materials and through the combination of the air sealing system and YAMAHA’s advanced woodworking technologies. The Absolute Series produces a well-balanced rumble. You can choose from a variety of sizes from an 8-inch tom-tom to a 24-inch bass drum.

About Manufacturer

Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan (then Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd.) has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots.

Yamaha has endeavored to produce products and services that satisfy the diverse needs and desires of people worldwide. Its products and services are recognized the world over for superior quality in acoustics, design, technology, craftsmanship, and customer oriented services. These products and services under the brand name of Yamaha are highly regarded by a large number of professionals, institutions, business people within the related industries, and consumers.


Yamaha Maple Absolute Snare Drum Features:

  • Maple shells
  • Die-cast hoops
  • Nouveau Lugs


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