Yamaha's flagship PHX-Phoenix drum kit
was developed and handcrafted after four years of
extensive research at Yamaha's new drum laboratory.
Working with world leading artists, sound engineers and
drum technicians, the aim was to build the best possible
sounding drum kit. Using Yamaha's 40 years of
craftsmanship know-how, we completely redesigned and
improved all the elements of the drum to create the
ultimate in quality and in appearance.
The shell of the drum is a hybrid of three materials;
Jatoba, Kapur and Maple. In our studies into the
vibration of a shell we understood the need to have
different strengths of materials to enhance vibration.
The centre-ply of the shell is made from Jatoba, this
very hard material from Japan providing the core of the
sound and is the strength of the shell. Either side of
this is Kapur from Brazil. Kapur is a softer material
than Jatoba which contributes to the body of the sound
with warm mid-low range frequency. Finally, Maple from
North America adds good response and balance. The shells
are finished in either Maple or Ash, making the drums
11-Ply in total.
Our next-generation YESS mounting system is also
employed on the PHX. Mounted to a wooden plate using
rubber parts attached to the shell, this system allows
the shell to vibrate freely and keep the resonance and
sound within the shell.
The new Hook Lug is designed to take the majority of
metal away from the shell to allow the drum to resonate.
Using our deep understanding of the Nodal point, the new
Hook Lug is mounted at a very special point of the shell
to control unwanted shell vibration and overtones.
The PHX - Phoenix drum kit has the most dynamic sound
quality. Already receiving critical acclaim from the
industry, artists and sound engineers, the PHX - Phoenix
drums have been described as loud and fat. With deep
warm lows, sharp attack and long resonance and sustain
the drums feel unique to play, providing previously
unheard levels of dynamics and focus.
Yamaha Dave Weckl Signature
Dave Weckl 13" Maple Snare
This is the original design concept Dave had for his
signature drum in size and material. This drum is
incredibly versatile, sounding amazing tuned high or
low. Dave uses this drum now more as a second snare to
his left for a tighter "pop."
Of course, the "signature" aspect of Dave's drums from
Yamaha are the dual snare strainers.
Dave always had a problem with only one strainer. It was
either too tight or too loose, and he could never quite
get it comfortable. With this design, he uses one tight
strainer (with normal steel wires) for the precision and
one loose (with stainless steel wires) for the snare
buzz to get theto get the best of both worlds
The 14" snare features the same aspects as the 13", but
with the sound and feel that the traditional size
offers. The dual strainer system is also featured on
The new version of this drum is now 5.5 inches in depth
(instead of 5 inches).
Other Yamaha Products
Dave Has Used...
Yamaha Recording Custom
It all started with the Yamaha Recording Custom. Dave's
fans will remember that cherry wood kit from his
earliest work with Chick Corea and his early
They looked and sounded great! Click
here to learn more.
Yamaha Maple Custom
These are the drums Dave toured with for more than 10
years. Truly great drums
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Yamaha Birch Absolute
This is the kit that was in Dave's studio for more
than 10 years - with the Vintage finish - and he
occasionally played a Birch Absolute when touring the
here to learn more.
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