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The beautifully grained, Yamaha Oak Custom Tom is a drum with stunning looks. Following in the footsteps of Yamaha's birch, maple, and beech drum series, oak shows great promise as a drum shell material. A solid fundamental delivers a powerful sound while its character allows for a unique shell size line up.
Air Seal System
The use of Yamaha's original Air Seal System is, in part, responsible for the great 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 Oak Shell
Utilization of Yamaha's Air Seal system allows for the first time use of oak in a drum shell. As in our Maple and Birch series, this process delivers a shell that's perfectly round, with uniform thickness and excellent durability. Floor tom shells are 6-plies and deliver a solid fundamental and powerful sound.
Oak Shells are Universal Sizes
Oak Custom shell depths are sized in between Yamaha's "jazz" depth and "power" depth drums. The universal size allows for maximum projection while maintaining strong attack.
Sleek, Low-Mass Lugs
These small, oval-shaped lugs are easily attached to the shell with a single bolt. Small footprints offer minimum lug to shell contact allowing the shell to deliver maximum tone. A special nylon insert prevents tension rods from becoming loose during play.
Mounted Toms Equipped with YESS Mounts
Long found on Yamaha's high-end drum kits, the original YESS (Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System) mounting system is on all Oak Custom toms and floor toms. This rod clamp system allows attachment of the drum to the tom holder without the need of a hole in the drum shell for the rod to pass through. The YESS clamp is attached to the shell at the nodal point with two bolts so as to allow the shell to vibrate freely without degrading the shell's dynamic range and sustain. The nodal point 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.