Redefining the original sound of oak with a new hybrid shell, the new Live Custom Hybrid Oak enhances the dynamic range by accentuating its attack and projection and incorporates the traditional Japanese Uzukuri handcrafted shell finishing, creating a unique look that defines the expression of oak. The Live Custom Hybrid Oak shell concept is borrowed from Yamahas flagship PHX and Absolute Hybrid Maple kits, which feature a dense phenolic sheet sandwiched between two sheets of oak ply. Always a pioneer in the field of oak drums, Yamaha has enhanced the dynamic range of the new Live Custom by accentuating its attack and projection. The traditional Japanese finishing technique known as Uzukuri has been modified for use on drum shells. In this procedure, the soft areas in the wood grain are sanded and the entire shell is coated with a thin layer of black paint. The surface of the shell is sanded again before the final coating is applied in a process that emphasises the natural beauty of the oak grain. Dark Silver hardware delivers a dominating image further enhanced by black shell interiors. Thicker steel hoops offer a tighter sound and sharper response, and toms and floor toms are equipped with clear Remo Emperor heads, which are known for their deep sound and great durability.
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