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Sabian Legacy Cymbals
In Janurary of
2006, Sabian introduced another line of cymbals
produced in collaboration with Dave, called HHX
Comprising 14" Hi-Hats, 10" and 12" Splashes,
17" and 18" Crashes, 20" and 21" Legacy Rides, a
22" Heavy Ride, and a 20" Ozone Ride, Legacy is
a deeper, darker contrast to the brighter sound
Once again, Dave worked with Sabian master
product specialist Mark Love, who said: "Legacy
is one of the most in-depth cymbal projects
Sabian has undertaken, with Dave Weckl testing
various prototypes in performance and recording
situations over several years. The 'Tone
Texture' feature of Legacy stems from Dave's
desire to have deeper, darker sounds combining
with rich musical tonalities, creating an
extended tonal palette."
Added Dave, who plays Legacy on their own or
mixes them with Evolution models: "Legacy is the
darker side of my sound. These cymbals are
vibrant, trashy and beautiful...all at once.
'Tone Texture' gives these cymbals a great deal
of dark, musical color that encompasses the full
tonal spectrum but digs way down deep, for a
broader, more complex tonal personality. The
hats 'speak' crisply and cleanly, but always
with that simmering HHX tone. The Legacy Ride
has great articulation over a dark cushion of
sound, while the Heavy Ride is big, clean and
crisp yet warm. The crashes are punchy, dark and
complex. They're designed to punctuate without
overpowering. For something different there's
the O-Zone Ride which has five 2" holes in its
upper half and is great for riding or crashing;
I can sit back on it or dig in and stir up a
turbulence of dark, angry tone. 'The 'Tone
Texture' of these cymbals makes Legacy a
compelling consideration for any drummer looking
for sounds that offer a new richness to their
According to Love, the Legacy sound has been
created using a wide variety of unique designs
and a wide mix of creative methods. He added
"Dave is extremely particular about sound, so
each model in the Legacy line was created on the
basis of the sound he was seeking, so various
hammering and lathing techniques have been
employed by our artisans."
Dave concluded: "From my experience Sabian is
the most open-minded cymbal company ever. I've
never met cymbal makers who care so much about
every aspect of the cymbal making process. From
developing the concept, to designing the cymbal,
to shaping the metal, to creating the sound...
nobody does it better than Sabian."
Legacy cymbals are individually handcrafted from
Sabian B20 'cast' bronze. They are available
exclusively in Natural Finish, and are
quality-protected by a special Sabian 2-Year
Sabian Evolution Cymbals
In 2001, Dave was invited to create a
collection of cymbals with Sabian, a company he
describes as "one of the most innovative and caring
family companies that I am happy to be associated with."
This experience lead to the creation of one of the
industry's most popular cymbal lines - the HHX Evolution
Creating the HHX Evolution line was a team effort, and
the team impressed Dave throughout the process. Dave
worked for many months with Mark Love, Sabian's head
cymbal maker, and an extremely talented group of
individuals dedicated to the craft.
Dave learned a lot about the cymbal making process
during the design and development of the HHX Evolution
"We went through rounds and rounds of prototypes," he
said, "and there was no stopping them (the team). With
each round, we came closer to what I was looking for."
He was constantly impressed by the skills of Mark and
the Sabian craftsmen.
But what truly impressed Dave was the team's ability to
understand what he wanted and methodically work toward a
sound and feel that he had been dreaming about for so
"It all came full-circle for me," Dave said. "After
years of playing cymbals and learning to get what I
wanted from them, the cymbals themselves were giving me
the sounds, textures and feel I wanted...naturally."
So, where is the big Dave Weckl signature on the
cymbals? You better look closely.
"My idea was to help create a cymbal that would speak
for itself," Dave explains, "with beautiful sonic
qualities, for lots of different music styles, and for
many years of usage." It is for this reason that Dave
felt it better to understate his involvement on the
cymbals themselves, having only a small signature on the
underside of the bell. He even asked Sabian to minimize
all logos; to give the collection a classy look and
As for the way they play, Dave says, "I wanted a cymbal
that invited you to play it with no resistance, speaking
with incredible clarity and brilliance, air, and
atmosphere. I insisted they be the most consistent
cymbal made, which I firmly believe we have achieved due
to strict weight constraints in the manufacturing
process (there are no thins, medium thins, heavies,
"Just like the music making experience, this was a true
team effort, " Dave adds. "I want to personally thank
the founder of Sabian, Robert Zildjian, for inviting me
to the team.
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Yamaha Dave Weckl
Signaure Snare Drum
5" x 14" 6-ply
6mm Maple Shell The thin Maple shell combined
with the 5" depth gives the Yamaha Dave Weckl
Signature Snare Drum great versatility. You can
tune it low and fat or crank it up to cut in a
loud musical situation.
Dual Strainer Design - The Dave Weckl
signature snare drums have a unique dual
strainer design that uses snares of two
different compositions. Dave prefers to have
tight tension on the hi-carbon snares and loose
tension on the stainless steel wires.
Nouveau Lugs - The quick release, low
contact lug makes it easier to change heads in
the studio and gives the drum a very wide
8-lug Aluminum Die Cast Hoops - The
Aluminum die cast lugs give you precise tuning
while maintaining an open, warm tone. Using only
8 lugs gives accurate tuning with minimum metal
on the shell.
Solid Black finish - Yamaha's legendary
Solid Black is like no other. Yamaha
hand-finishes their drums using the same
technique that is used on their grand pianos.
Yamaha Dave Weckl Signature Snare Drum Features:
6-ply 6mm maple shell
Nouveau quick release lug
8-lug Aluminum die cast hoop
Dual P-type strainer, one with opposite throw
G-type adjustable butt
2.5mm snare bed
Solid black lacquer finish
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Yamaha's quest to continually expand the boundaries of
musicality for drummers, the company used newfound Asian
woods to create the PHX kit.
"These particular woods, jatoba and kapur, have never
before been used to make drums, and when you put them
together in a specific combination, they produce an
amazing musical tone," says Dave Jewell, marketing
manager, Yamaha Drums, Pro Audio & Combo Division.
"We've discovered one of nature's secrets."
In addition to sounding great, the 11-ply shells are a
sight to behold. The center ply, jatoba, is an extremely
hard wood that provides the drum's core note. On either
side are four plies of kapur, which is a softer wood
than jatoba. The inner and outer plies of the shell are
customized, using maple or a combination of a burled ash
outer ply and a maple inner ply.
The concept behind the PHX shell construction is to use
the hardest wood in the middle surrounded by softer
plies of wood; this produces a sonic "ripple effect"
similar to the sound a pebble creates with waves when
dropped in water.
"The trend today is thin shells, but frankly, these
drums—made with this specific wood combination — do not
sound 'thick,'" said Jim Haler, product manager, Yamaha
Drums. "They go against every sonic standard of a thick
Joe Testa, Yamaha Drums international artist relations
manager, added that "We brought these drums into the
studio with some of our top artists, and the difference
is astounding. I describe it this way: when most drums
are struck, the sound comes from them and hits you. With
this kit's sound, it hugs you. Imagine your current
Yamaha sound with a natural preamp on it. Generally, a
kit's sound improves with age. On the PHX, the aging
process seems to be accelerated. Within just a week of
playing it, the sound matured immensely. It really is
Not only is the shell construction a new venture for
Yamaha, the kit's new and improved mounting system is,
too. Developed to make the fundamental tone of each drum
clearer and better defined, the wooden tom mount,
combined with shock-mountable rubber contact points,
provides ultimate resonance. As with all Yamaha drums,
the mounting points are positioned at the nodal points
of the shell.
The newly designed detachable lugs are mounted where the
overtones are the highest. The balance of the nodal
point mount and the overtone point of the lugs help mute
unwanted overtones, making the fundamental tone come
alive with much more clarity.
"The PHX was not made to replace our current high end
drums, but rather to supply drummers with another
musical voice in their arsenal," said Jewell. "Yamaha
Drums will continue to create instruments that further a
musician's capability to create better music. We pride
ourselves in being the choice for those serious about
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Vic Firth Dave Weckl Signature
EVOLUTION signature stick was designed by Vic Firth and
Dave to correlate with changes Dave made to his playing
approach in the late '90s.
It has a slightly heavier front end than his original
signature stick (the red one), producing a great balance
from a 'center of gravity' balance point, allowing
rebound to happen with very little effort. It is similar
in size to a 5A, with a different tip and different
balance in the front end.
The SDW features a
barrel tip for a broad cymbal sound. It's fast, with
great leverage, and is available in wood or nylon tip (SDWN).
L = 16 1/4", Dia. = .560"
The SDW2 features a short tear drop tip on a 5A
shaft. It provides superior cymbal definition with
excellent rebound. It is also now available with a nylon
tip. L = 16", Dia. = .563"
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Active Drum Dampening System
Dave had the idea for an
active snare muffler for a long time. With the help of
Herbie May, at Remo, it is now a reality.
Putting something on the head like tape or rings
constantly muffles the drum, affecting the sound and
feel drastically. But the active dampening system has a
floating plunger that acts like a physical noise gate,
moving off the head upon impact to allow the drum to
breath, then it coming back down to muffle the drum
depending on your taste.
The system was designed for snare drums, but can also be
used on toms. In either case, the drum sound retains
much of the feel. It is adjustable enough to clamp to
most any rim.
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Bass Drum Muffling System
Dave and Herbie May, from
Remo, designed this bass drum muffling system. It was
based on a concept Dave learned from Simon Phillips,
which was to roll up a towel and tape it to the head and
This system uses a felt-covered tube that lays on the
shell next to the head, fastened with clamps that velcro
to the shell. The clamps can be moved in tight or
further away from the head for the desired dampening.
It comes in three sizes for 22", 20" and 18" bass drums.
The smaller 18" version works well on the front head