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Has anyone tracked a Yamaha Recording Custom???

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by SmashKAB, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. SmashKAB

    SmashKAB Active Member

    I'm a big fan of Yamaha... But if I'm gonna blow 3K on a kit.. I wanna hear how well it tracks first...

    Does anyone have any experience with this kit? or could link me to a recording of this kit.

  2. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Uhhh... you ARE kidding, right?

    Gadd, Geribaldi and a few other no names have used the kit...

    Been tracking mine for 20 years... it's my go to kit.


    video from Audix

    The Recording Customs are probably THE most tracked drum kit in modern music...
  3. SmashKAB

    SmashKAB Active Member

    Hahahaha, I'll blame that one on lack of experience. I own a Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage, and a Yamaha Gigmaker. Both great live kits..... not so good in the studio.

    Thanks for the info! I think the recording custom would be a solid investment.
  4. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    I've got an old set of Tour Customs that sounds ok tracked... just.

    My 1st kit I bought, a Ludwig clear Vistalite kit is my go to kit for anything that needs that Bonham sound.

    The Sonar kits I have sound great, but the Recording Custom's have about the best overall recorded sound of the 5 kits.

    I know where there is a Sonar HiLite Bubinga kit that I WILL track once the studio is open. That kit sounds PHENOM! (But IIRC it was at least as expensive as the RC's.)

    I tracked Absolute's a couple of times, and they sound great... but not quite as good, IMHO, as the RC's.
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Third the RC's.

    Still, a Tour Custom set with the proper tuning will be very good to excellent ....depending on the animal in charge of the whacking.

    60's Ludwig anythings= tone baby!

    OLD Slingerlands.

    Medium level TAMA kits from the late 70's....with a bit of work on the hardware and a freshening of the bearing edges.....very surprising!


    Late 60's Rodgers. Except the floor toms bigger than 16"....dont know what the problem was there but I've never heard a good one. But the 14's...Big and deep.

    One more great sounding kit....Zickos (sp?)
  6. NCdan

    NCdan Guest

    I think plywood kits have their limits. Sure, there are some very good ones, but stave drums are waaaaaaay better than plywood drums any day. If you're ready to drop some serious money on a drum kit, I recommend going with Artisan drumworks. You can get just about anything you want and those people actually know what they are doing. Or, I'll sell you my kit for, oh, let's say..... $100,000? It's a mint condition Ludwig stainless steel kit. Now I get to dance around and go "NANANANANA, HAHAHAHAHA, my kits better than your's, and you'll never find a vintage Ludwig stainless steel drumset in perfect condition!!!!!" But yes, I think Yamaha kits are the best plywood manufacturing has to offer. :D

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