The Yamaha Oak Custom X, is a now discontinued acoustic drum kit that was made by Yamaha Drums which is a subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation. Yamaha Drums is a top drum manufacturer that makes acoustic, electronic drums and percussion instruments.
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Drum Shell Construction & History
Yamaha is one of the few if not the only major drum brand to offer oak as a material for their drum shells. Not only do they offer it, but they have a complete drum set made of oak. The OAK Custom was first introduced by Yamaha in 2002 and yes since become standard in the Yamaha lineup. Yamaha, is are able to work with the extremely difficult and hard nature of oak wood by utilizing the patented Air Seal System technology.
OAK X Shell Finishes
- White Sparkle
- Deep Black Sparkle
OAK X Components
- 22×20 Bass Drum
- 18×16, 14×13 Floor Tom
- 14×8, 10×6 Tom-Toms
- 14×7 Snare Drum
Yamaha Oak Custom Features & Specifications
The Oak Custom X featured an extended 22×20 undrilled oak-shell bass drum for deep and powerful kick tone. Also by offering shallow toms and non-uniform floor toms, the idea was to create a sharper attack. The loud series 14×7 snare drum was also standard along with premium grade dark chrome hardware. The shells were contrasted with a 45 degree bearing edge an 8-ply snare, 7-ply bass and 6-ply toms. Like other high quality kits the Yamaha Air Seal System and YESS were standard issue.
Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System (YESS)
Having a long history with Yamaha’s high end drum sets such as the Maple Custom, the YESS mounting system is standard on all OAK Custom drum sets. This rod clamp system permits attachment of the drum shell to the tom holder without the need of a hole in the shell for the rod to clear. The YESS clamp is connected to the shell at the nodal point with two bolts which allows the drum to move freely without corrupting the shell’s resonance and tonality.
Yamaha Oak Custom Review & Price
Like the current Oak Custom standard the Oak Custom X is a powerful, loud and deep sounding drum set. The extended undrilled bass makes for an even heavier and low sound. These type of kit would work great for drumming to hard rock, metal or hardcore, however could technically be used for any genre. Oak Custom X drum sets are hard to find online however can be found on eBay or Craigslist if you search long enough. Look to pay $2,000 and up for these sets even in used condition.
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