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Yamaha Absolute Birch Bass Drum   

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Aluminum die cast hoops give Yamaha Absolute Birch Bass Drums the benefit of accurate tuning. While die cast hoops are known for accuracy, aluminum h...Click To Read More About This Product

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Its size makes it perfect for jazz or electronica.

Aluminum die cast hoops give Yamaha Absolute Birch Bass Drums the benefit of accurate tuning. While die cast hoops are known for accuracy, aluminum hoops are lighter than zinc, so they don't choke the drum like die cast zinc hoops do. Aluminum die cast hoops allow the drum to open up much like a triple-flanged hoop.

The use of Yamaha's original Air Seal System is, in part, responsible for the superior quality found in Yamaha drum shells. Select woods are cut into plies, positioned with staggered diagonal seams, and sealed together with evenly distributed air pressure. The resulting shells are perfectly round and of uniform thickness delivering superior tone quality and exceptional durability.

All Birch Shell

In production for over 25 years, Yamaha's world famous Recording Custom series has given their craftsmen a deep understanding of the characteristics of birch. It is with that knowledge that Yamaha has been able to extract a richer sound from these new drums. The shells are manufactured using Yamaha's exclusive Air Seal System. This technique, while enhancing the characteristics of the wood, also ensures that every drum shell is perfectly round, of uniform thickness, and creates a stronger, more durable shell. Producing clear mid-and low-tones with sharp, solid highs, the Absolute Birch is sure to create a new standard for birch shell sound.

Vintage Finish

The Vintage finish is a special synthetic resin finish that is applied by hand on high-quality wind instruments. While enhancing the tone of the birch shell, the Vintage finish also provides a durable, waterproof finish that virtually eliminates the influence of weather and humidity on the drum. Over the course of time, the color of the shell will change to a deeper hue that you will surely love.

Floating Bass Drum System

Height adjustment on the pedal side of the 18" bass drum is possible with the pipe post stabilizer. Use of this system ensures that the beater makes contact at the center of the head. The stabilizer fits into a pipe clamp on the underside of the drum that allows quick and easy adjustment of the height. The post is equipped with a memory clamp that ensures subsequent settings will be quick and precise every time, while a pair of supports provides added stability.


The unique chrome body lug casings found on the Absolute series are fixed to the drum shell with only a single bolt allowing the drum to vibrate freely. A special nylon insert prevents tension rods from becoming loose during play.

Bass Drum Spurs

A sturdy hexagonal design and fixed angle position allow Yamaha's spurs to withstand bass drum kicks. For the Absolute Birch Yamaha made the spurs heavier and even stronger. Height adjustment and the releasing and retracting of the pointed spur are made easily with a drum key.

Die-Cast Bass Drum Claws

All new Absolute bass drums come with die cast claws that are lined with plastic so they won't scratch the hoop or rattle if they are loose. The claw has a nylon insert that keeps the claw and tension rod from separating so you don't have loose parts getting lost when changing heads.

  • 18" x 14"
  • 7-ply
  • 100% birch shell
  • Absolute-style lug casings: chrome, one-bolt design
  • 18" floating bass drum system allows the beater to strike the center of the head
  • All bass drums have 5 air-holes for faster venting and a punchy sound
  • Hand-rubbed vintage interior finish
  • Yamaha Air Seal System

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