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Rhythm Traders 2017
January 13, 2017

Happy 2017 from Rhythm Traders!!!

We hope your new year is off to a grand start! Did you know 2017 marks the 25th year of Rhythm Traders? We’re planning on making it our best year ever, and we are so grateful for all of your continued love and support. Feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can be a better shop or serve you better.

We’ve got some smoking deals and discounts to kick the year off right and make way for the new. And soon we’ll be heading to the NAMM show to check out all of the latest innovations and technology in the drum world, so keep an eye out for our NAMM coverage, come visit us, and make sure your 2017 has plenty of drums in it.

January 23, 2014

NAMM 2014: Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple, redesigned Stage Custom, and more…

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple at NAMM 2014

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Yamaha is making big moves in 2014 with a new kit series added to the Absolute line, The Absolute Hybrid Maple, featuring a core ply of Wenge wood with outer plies of North American Maple. They have also made some “subtle, yet substantial” redesigns to their top-selling kit, The Stage Custom Birch, and have also released not one but TWO new Dave Weckl Signature Snares – a 13″ x 5″ Maple 6-ply (6mm) model in Black Maple finish, and a 14″ x 5.5″ Brass (1.2mm) finished in Black Nickel.

1.) Absolute Hybrid Maple

The ultimate "Hybrid" Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

The ultimate “Hybrid” Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

From the Yamaha press release: Absolute Hybrid Maple drum sets feature a hook lug originally designed for the PHX Series, which brings out the drum’s natural tone by creating a small footprint on the shell. In addition to allowing quick and easy head changes, the lugs provide precision tuning.

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple

Other features in the series include a new piston-drive snare strainer, hinged floor tom leg brackets, a low-mass bass drum bracket and the same style of spurs first introduced on the Live Custom drum set. Yamaha’s exclusive staggered diagonal seam and Air-Seal System shell-making process produces strong, consistent shells.

All configs will be initially available in 3 core finishes (Polar White, Vintage Natural, and Solid Black). At least one config will be available in every other offered finish (Classic Walnut, Red Autumn, Jade Green Sparkle, Orange Sparkle, Gold Champagne Sparkle, Pink Champagne Sparkle, and Silver Sparkle).

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Finishes

Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Finishes

2.) Redesigned Stage Custom Birch

The newly redesigned Yamaha Stage Custom in new Pure White finish

The newly redesigned Yamaha Stage Custom in new Pure White finish

From the Yamaha press release: Yamaha today introduced the redesigned Stage Custom Birch drum set at the 2014 NAMM Show. Already considered to be pound-for-pound among the best in its class, the new generation Stage Custom Birch Drum Set has received several significant upgrades.

Many of the changes are subtle, yet substantial. Yamaha upgraded the shells with the same thicker ply concept used on Live Custom and rounded the bearing edges for more head to shell contact, which provides a fatter sound. The Absolute style lug, which attaches to the shell using a single screw, requires fewer holes in the shell and less metal inside the drum, allowing the drums to resonate more fully. Die-cast claws and new spurs now adorn the bass drum and the snare drum now includes ten lugs for more precise tuning.

2014 Stage Custom redesigns

2014 Stage Custom redesigns

Stage Custom Birch kits also come in new sizes. Tom and floor tom sizes are now available at traditional depths and diameters, offering wider tuning and dynamic ranges. The floor toms, trimmed down to be under square, provide a better tone to attack balance. The drum sets also offer excellent finishes, high-end specs and superior hardware at a great value.

3.) Dave Weckl Signature Snares

Dave Weckl Signature Snare Drums

Dave Weckl Signature Snare Drums

From the Yamaha press release: “I have enjoyed playing Yamaha drums for 30 years now. Their attention to detail, quality and consistency is unparalleled in the industry and I am happy to have this long standing relationship”, Dave Weckl commented. ”My signature snare drums are of the most unique on the market. The dual strainer system is one of a kind, and provides a sound and versatility like no other snare ever made. For the few that will be able to own one of these special drums, enjoy them. They are very special instruments!”

February 6, 2013

NAMM 2013: More NAMM 2013 Photo Gallery

We’ve saved the best for last with our “More NAMM 2013” photo gallery, just posted on our Rhythm Traders Galleries Site. In this gallery you’ll find our best pictures from brands like Aquarian, Bosphorus, Canopus, C&C, Craviatto, De Gregorio, Gibraltar, Mapex, Offworld, Paiste, Peace, Pork Pie, Remo, Roland, Sabian, SJC Drums, Truth Drums, and more. Click the photo below to launch the gallery!


February 4, 2013

NAMM 2013: Sonor Photo Gallery

The Sonor booth at this year’s NAMM Show featured the signature kits from Jojo Mayer, Gavin Harrison, and Benny Greb, along with the new Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Kick Pedal and much more! We’ve just added a full gallery of photos to our Rhythm Traders Galleries Site. Click the photo below to launch the gallery!


February 1, 2013

NAMM 2013: LP & Toca Photo Gallery

LP & Toca had several new products at this year’s NAMM Show including the new LP Jamjuree Wood Congas and Bongos, LP Durian Wood Congas and Bongos, the Toca Triple Conga Cajon, Toca Colorsound Djembes, and more. We’ve just added a full gallery of photos to our Rhythm Traders Galleries Site. Click the photo below to launch the gallery!