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Used Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau 12u/16ft/22t - Sea Blue Fade, Japan, 3rd Generation, Silver Badge

by Yamaha

This Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau drum set in Sea Blue Fade lacquer is quite possibly the most exquisite finish and the greatest sounding drums on which I’ve had the pleasure to lay my sticks.

Maple drum shells have long been the standard choice for wooden drums and these Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveaus meet and exceed that reputation with flying colors.

The universal depth of the 12”x9” rack toms provides the best balance of sustain and attack of any of the Yamaha Custom Absolute offerings. Tune it low for a fat slap with great attack and punch or tune is high for fullness of tone. This depth makes playing these Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute drums very fast- they speak and die quickly. In combination with the lightweight die cast aluminum rims the toms produce a very focused sound that is both traditional and modern. The 16”x16” floor tom, which is mounted on legs, is the preferred floor tom depth for many drummers, and, depending on how you like to tune, can produce a high pitch with maximum tone or a low rumble with fat attack and tone.

When you take these drums out of the box, you immediately understand what you are holding. The craftsmanship, the weight, the look- you know you are holding a quality instrument. An heirloom, even. You are overcome with a significant feeling of joy and pride. 

The Yamaha Absolute Nouveau “hook” lug attaches onto bolts that are attached to the shell, which allows the lug casings themselves to "float" eliminating any direct contact between the lug and the shell. As this design reduces the amount of hardware actually attached to the drum shell, the shell is allowed to vibrate more freely. These lug bolts, as well as the YESS mounting system, are attached to the shell at its nodal point which is the point in the drum which minimizes interference with the drum’s natural sound and maximizes shell resonance to deliver maximum tone.

The benefits of these lugs are clearly noticeable when you play a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau.

These Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau drums were also made in Japan by the skilled craftsmen and craftswomen of the Sakae Rhythm Company which manufactured all Yamaha drums for 30 years prior to 2013 when Yamaha moved their entire production capabilities to China. As most experienced drummers will tell you, this has a profound impact on the drums’ residual value, and yet a brand-new, made in China Yamaha Maple Absolute Hybrid drum set in this same size configuration has a minimum advertised price of $3,199.99 from online and in-store music dealers.

The exquisite Sea Blue Fade lacquer finish of these Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute drums is also not available on any of the new Yamaha drum offerings. 

Drum set highlights:

 Manufacturer:  Yamaha
Model name:

Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau (1500 series, 3rd Generation)

Model numbers:  ATT1512U, AFT1516, ABD1522T
Sizes: 12x9, 16x16, 22x18
Color: Sea Blue Fade lacquer finish
Country of manufacture: Japan
Condition: Used, Like new. The the batter-side rim on the 12” is cracked but due to the location of the crack still holds tuning. 
Includes: Original tom arms (1x), triple tom mount, and floor tom legs