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Yamaha Hipgig Sr. Al Foster Signature Series Drum set   

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Compared to the original Hipgig, drum diameters on the Hipgig Sr. have all been increased to offer drummers greater tone and performance in a still-c...Read More

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Improved over the original Hipgig with larger drum diameters and it's still easy to transport.

Compared to the original Hipgig, drum diameters on the Hipgig Sr. have all been increased to offer drummers greater tone and performance in a still-compact, easy-to-transport drum kit. The bass drum diameter has increased 2 inches, from the original 16" to 18", while the 14" and 12" tom toms and the 13" snare are all one size larger than before. The seven-ply shells are made of birch and Philippine mahogany using Yamaha's original Air Seal System. Yamaha CS-641 cymbal stands allow the use of larger cymbals and provide greater setting variability.

Air Seal System shells are made with select woods 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.

Height adjustment on the pedal side of the 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 to allow 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 ball clamp has long been a fundamental part of Yamaha system drums. Made of super-hard resin, the ball is held firmly in place with a steel plate and large wing bolt. While providing ease of operation, this system also delivers total freedom in setting and superior stability. The triple tom holder accommodates 2 toms as well as a cymbal holder to provide a wide variety of set up possibilities.

  • 18" x 22" bass
  • 12" x 6-1/2" and 14" x 8-1/2" toms
  • 5" x 13" snare
  • 2 cymbal stands
  • 3 clamps
  • Hi-hat stand
  • Kick pedal
  • Throne
  • Soft bag for drums and hardware

Hipgig is big, this is BIGGER! Order now and get down.


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On The Road Again...

I've played professionally for most of my life. After becoming a family man and pursuing better long-term money making interests, my musician friends convinced me it was time to get back to playing drums...Read complete review

I've played professionally for most of my life. After becoming a family man and pursuing better long-term money making interests, my musician friends convinced me it was time to get back to playing drums (my 1st. true love) on a more regular basis. I'm used to playing "Real Drums" and I was afraid that a compact kit wouldn't cut the mustard having used small kits before. But the idea of putting up and breaking down a normal size kit for the smaller gigs I would be doing gave me the incentive to search out compact kits. I checked out several brands but the 16" bass drum of most compact kits, just sounded like a glorified floor tom and the other small kits like the Gretch Catalina just didn't break down small enough to be a compact kit, then I saw the Al Foster kit. This 18" x 22" BD can certainly, with proper muffling, sound like a true, deep, punchy kick. The toms even with their shallower size, have a nice round tone and can get deep enough with the proper heads. They come with ambassadors and have a nice jazz sound, but for rock, I'd use Pinstripes or Emperors, etc... In fact I put a coated Emperor on the 14" tom for a little deeper tone. The set needs a good muffle for the BD, too (I've chosen an Evans EMAD system). Like the 1st reviewer, I too, found the BD mount too far forward and I too, have the same problem of the tom hitting against the SD holder, I had to do a lot of finessing to get the tom close enough to the snare. (I think if the mounted tom had the Yamaha suspension mount like their studio drums, it would have just that little extra reach that it really needed. I'm considering adding one on the 12" tom). I love the fact that everything is on (and in) the BD. But it is heavy, and a small light weight dolly and a couple of bungees will be a welcome addition from the car to the stage and back. The Marine Pearl is gorgeous and has a wonderful classic look. Other than the stated problems with the BD tom mount the drums are thoroughly professional in materials and hardware. Now you can go out and get that sports car you always wanted and still carry your drums!


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I bought two of these. Both broke in a month. The bass shell cracked, and the snare switch got all jamed.

I bought two of these. Both broke in a month. The bass shell cracked, and the snare switch got all jamed.

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By dkrelic

from NC

These drums sound great and the compactability is excellant for the gigging musician. However,I am disappointed in Yamaha for scrimping on the bags. They should be made of sturdier material and the straps could be longer for easier weight distribution. Other than these oversights I'm very happy and satisfied with these drums.

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By RriverCity Drummer

from Lake Oswego, OR

I drum in and out of the studio and own many high end kits including DW and Craviotto. This kit is well rounded and very tonal. I would recommend this kit to any working drummer. I play all styles and they work flawlessly.

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Great kit!

By Metalman635

from portland, Or

I used this kit at a late night jazz club in downtown Portland, and it sounded great. It has great size, sound, quality, and it looks great too!!

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Amazingly quick for those last minute gigs!

By Cat McCarthy

from Sacramento CA

I bought this kit in the jaguar wrap. Both look and nesting features of this kit always aroused the interest and curiousity of other musicians as well as the audience... When you gotta run, these are the ones!!

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By Mr.K

from Lake Ann, MI.

I can honestly say that in 30+ years of gigging and recording, the Al Foster Hip Gig is, by far, the BETTER value in drum kits. I play virtually all styles of music in various-size venues and this drum kit has come through with shining colors all the time. It is very responsive in all musical situations. Every engineer who has mixed this drum set has been complimentary. The hardware is light-duty, but in this day and age of microphones, who has to slam their kits that hard? After years of playing on various kits produced by many different companies, I am proud to say I am now a full-blown Yamaha geek, and all my other kits are on the market as I plan another Yamaha purchase. This kit is simply outstanding. It is my "first call" set-up for recording and gigging. It really is "hip!"

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Great Alternative, decent sound

By Eric-Cpctn

from Raleigh, NC

I've been using the Al Foster hipgig for the past year. I've used it on Jazz, Blues and Rock shows, in small, medium and large venues. They are an incredible value for the money! I was concerned that the drums would sound too small, but I've received numerous compliments on my sound. I would suggest replacing the heads with a heavier weight to achieve the fullest sound. Definitely recommended for all!

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All In all, an awesome kit

By Mike Tuttle

from South Lake Tahoe, CA

Tom mount arms could be more heavy duty, Jaguar covering often defective-Besides that, this is the sweetest drum kit I've ever played. I get more compliments from soundmen about the incredible sound of these drums than from any other kit I've owned.

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Versatile, great sounding kit

By JazzFunkMeister

from Shreveport, LA

This kit is an amazing piece of drum engineering. I have gigged for the last 3 years with this kit in every kind of venue you can think of AND I recorded an album with it. It does it all. The bass a has a boomy, suprising deep tone. The snare is VERY responsive. The toms are excellent, particularly with some good pinstripes. The accompanying equipment is the only negative: I use DW hardward which I have found to be more reliable than the lightweight stuff that comes with the hipgig. Other than the kit's heaviness, it IS really compact and portable. I considered going to a DW four piece maple kit, but I just couldn't leave this kit. It's great.

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought two of these. Both broke in a month. The bass shell cracked, and the snare switch got all jamed.

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Love it!

By Dallas-oLJkm

from Philadelphia, PA

I purchased the Hipgig Sr. over the standard because I wanted the ultimate in portability. I don't own a car, and end up bumming rides or on the train. The only changes I made were, adding a cymbal stand. Changing the bass drum hoops to real maple bass hoops, and sold the throne for a DW6100 case/canister throne.

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