Ever since they were introduced in 1977 the Recording Custom Series (formerly 9000) has been the industry standard for the recording studio and the stage. Possibly the first all-birch shell on the market and the first drums to be finished as a piano would be, instead of veneers and wraps, they gained a reputation as a serious instrument for true musicians. One piece lugs across the length of the drum combined with an all-birch shell gives the drums a magnificent focus and clarity that just has THAT SOUND under a mic. Many drums maybe louder or have more bass or fuller, but what made and makes the recording custom so special is the balance of each element of the sound to create magical that fits in with the rest of the band as it should.
After a time of being discontinued after being replaced by the Absolute Birch Custom series, the recording custom is now back, updated with some minor changes and created in collaboration with master drummer Steve Gadd. Yamaha have an enviable approach to product development, offering multiple choices at tasting sessions with their artists with no further info and repeating this process tirelessly until every drummer says ‘this one’. This approach leads them in some interesting directions that may seem very unassuming at first, but these tiny elements all add up to something far more than its parts.
With the 2016 model they’ve deliberately added mass to the lugs, removed a ply of birch and brought the hardware up to date with the advancements they made with the PHX line. The bass drum shell uses an extra ply. As for the finish, as I wrote earlier, the finish is piano quality. It’s classic looking and instantly strikes you as of a premium quality. It would look just at home in a penthouse suite as does on stage. What a kit.
- 13 x 9” Rack Tom
- 16 x 16” Floor Tom
- 24 x 14” Bass Drum
Please Note: Interest Free Finance is currently not available on this product.
- Hoops: Steel
- Hoop Thickness: 1.6mm
- Lugs: High Tension Lug
- Tom Shell: 6ply all birch
- Bass Drum Shell: 7ply all Birch