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Yamaha Oak Custom

The recent introduction of the Oak Custom by Yamaha sent a shudder through the drum industry. For low end that shakes the floors, crisp highs that penetrate, and mids that ring through the mix, insist on the power of oak.

Yamaha is the only drum manufacturer bringing the full potential of oak to a drum kit. From the punchy resonant lows of the bass drum to a snare that bites and toms that cut through, the power of oak definitely shakes things up. The bass drum shell uses a 7-ply design while tom tom and floor tom shells are 6-ply. All shells throughout the entire range deliver a solid fundamental and powerful sound.

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Oak custom drums feature newly designed lugs with small footprints and single-bolt attachment that minimize surface contact and maximize shell resonance and sustain. A nylon insert holds tension rods in place under heavy play.



Guitar WorldThe use of our original Air Seal System is, in part, responsible for the superior quality found in Yamaha drum shells. Our craftsmen create every drum shell using our exclusive staggered diagonal seam, just as they have since 1967. Each two or three-ply master ply is cut to length to very precise tolerance with a diagonal cut on each end. The diagonal seam in the drum shell will not separate, eliminating the need to fill gaps in the bearing edge with filler putty. These plies have glue applied and are then put into the mould by hand, one master play at a time. By molding the woods in this fashion, almost as if into a one-piece solid shell, we are able to harness the optimal qualities of each wood. The craftsman then inserts an air bag into the mold and inflates it, clamping the shell with even pressure 360 degrees around. The resulting shells are perfectly round and of uniform thickness delivering superior tone quality and exceptional durability.


A tribute to Yamaha design technology, our original ball mount and clamp has gone through very few modifications over the years. A large, ultra-hard resin ball sits in an attractive chromed housing, held in place with a titanium ergonomic wing bolt. It is the ultimate drummer-friendly mount, offering non-slip positioning virtually anywhere the drummer can imagine. Additionally, the ball mount technology permits tuning of the bottom head by simply rotating the drum.



Guitar WorldProviding minimum mount to shell contact, the Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System (YESS) delivers increased resonance plus maximizes dynamic range and sustain. Mounts are attached at the drum's nodal point, which is the location on a shell with the least amount of vibration allowing for the mount to have minimal affect to the resonance of the shell. Additionally. a nylon bushing in the rod clamp offers enhanced stability and allows attachment of the drum to the tom holder without the need of a hole in the drum shell. The YESS system permits toms to be placed close together, and does not interfere with quick head changes. On floor toms, our YESS system offers wide open sustain while keeping toms stable under the heaviest strokes.



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The result of years of refinement, Yamaha bass drum legs prevent bass drums from creeping forward, in most instances without carpets or tacky underlays. Quick and easy to use, Yamaha bass drum legs keep bass drums rigid and immovable, even under the hardest pounding. Thicker tubing, combined with drum key operated height adjustability and easy-slide metal points, as found on our cymbal stands, provide enhanced stability.


Oak Custom shell depths are sized in between our "jazz" depth and "power" depth drums. The universal size allows for maximum projection while maintaining strong attack. Bass drums are available in 18"x15" and 20", 22", and 24" diameters with a universal 17" depth. The added depth enhances the oak's tone with greater bottom end and more power.

Oak Custom drums are available in four high-gloss finishes. Musashi Black, Red Oak, and York Honey Amber are translucent hues that bring out the distinctive beauty of the wood grain, while Silver Sparkle glitters under lights, epitomizing a vintage look.

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The kit comes complete with Yamaha's famous double-braced hardware that has been the choice of professional drummers for years. Made in the same factory as Yamaha motorcyles, the hardware is simple, sleek, durable and allows for fast set-up every time.

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Yamaha Oak Custom

Does Not Include Cymbals Or stool