Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Shell Pack in Solid Black

20x16, 14x13, 12x8, 10x7, with TH945B Tom Mount


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With the Absolute Hybrid Maple Kit, Yamaha focused on getting a rounded, well-balanced and versatile sound that would sound great in a range of musical applications. They also paid close attention to how the kit feels and its durability through heavy use. To test this, Yamaha utilised their fantastic contacts in the drum world to give insight and valuable feedback at various stages in the 3 year prototype stage. The result is a high gigging kit that has the versatility, class and excellent performance needed for the modern professional drummer.

With technology from Yamaha’s flagship Phoenix range, the shells are constructed from maple with a single ply of Wenge in the centre. This gives the kit an ultra-responsive dynamic range, with a clear tone from delicate ghost notes to thunder claps. Specially designed tom mounts isolate the drum to allow maximum resonance and vent holes allow a more responsive feel and enhance the range of tonal colours.

Yamaha have also paid close attention to the finish, ensuring that the Absolute Hybrid will catch your eye across a crowded room! An option of 10 different colours and almost unlimited configurations ensures there’s a Maple hybrid kit for everyone. Andertons are able to stock a selection of popular configurations and colours, however if you are looking for a particular setup, please call us and we would be delighted to advise & order in a kit that is tailored for you.

Included in this Shell pack:

  • 22x18 Bass drum
  • 16x15 Floor Tom  
  • 12x8 High Tom
  • 10x7 High tom
  • TH945B Tom Mount
  • N.B. Cymbals and hardware are sold separately

Here's what Yamaha Say about the Absolute Hybrid Maple Kit:

Hybrid Maple Shell

The new Absolute Hybrid Series inherits the hybrid shell technology found on our flagship PHX Series. On Absolute Hybrid shells, the design consists of a core ply of wenge a very hard and heavy wood native to Africa, sandwiched between plies of maple, well known for its clear tone. This hybrid design delivers a drum tone that plays rich and clear across the full dynamic range, from pianissimo to fortissimo.

Hook Lug

Hook lugs offer quick and easy head replacement, precision tuning, and can readily handle high-tension tuning. Lug bases are designed with a small footprint to maximize tone output from the hybrid shell.

Yess III

An evolutionary step up from our YESS IIm tom mount, the YESS III reduces acoustic dampening even further. Allowing the shell to vibrate more freely, the YESS III mount brings out more of the shell’s natural sustain and volume.

Low Mass Tom Holder Base

The tom holder’s light weight and small footprint allows the bass drum shell to vibrate more freely.

Optimised Bearing Edge

The bearing edge angle on the bass drum differs from the angle used on the tom and snare shells to optimize tonal balance in the drum set. A 45º/R1.5 edge is used on the snare and toms to a balanced tone; while a 30º/ R1.5 edge on the bass drum shell brings out more low-end tone for a deeper, more powerful sound.

Vent Hole

The vent hole plays an important role in performance, since it affects not only the sensation of hitting the drum (the impact) but also the initial sound, sustain and tone. Through an exhaustive series of prototypes, YAMAHA has discovered the optimal number and vent hole position depending on the air capacity of each shell. Particularly, vent holes contribute to the enhancement of tone colors in midrange to low-frequency sounds, as well as the control of sustain.

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