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16”x16” Yamaha BFT1516 Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau Floor Tom - Sea Blue Fade

by Yamaha
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Original price $849.99
Current price $475.00

The Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau drums 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.

Birch wood has a lower fundamental tone and shorter sustain than maple wood. You would no doubt hear the difference in pitch if you were to tap the shell of a Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute and then tap the same sized shell of a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute. What this means to drummers is that you can naturally tune the heads of a birch drum shell to a lower register than that of a maple drum shell while maintaining maximum resonance. For you drummers who dig a darker sound, birch is the way to go.

The standard depth of the 16”x16” Yamaha BFT1516 Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau Floor Tom provides the longest sustain of any of the Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute offerings and is the preferred 16” floor tom depth of professional and amateur drummers alike. This depth makes playing these Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute drums very easy and very fun. In combination with the lightweight die cast aluminum rims the toms produce a very focused sound that is both traditional and modern.

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 Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau.

This 16”x16” Yamaha BFT1516 Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau Floor Tom was also made in Japan by the skilled craftsmen and craftswomen of the Sakae Rhythm Company which manufactured all high-end 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.

The exquisite Sea Blue Fade lacquer finish of this 16”x16” Yamaha BFT1516 Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau Floor Tom is not available on any of the new Yamaha drum offerings. 

Drum highlights:

Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model Name:  Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau (1500 series, 3rd Generation)
Model Numbers:  BFT1516
Sizes: 16”x16”
Color: Sea Blue Fade lacquer finish
Country of manufacture: Japan
Condition: Used, Like new
Includes: Original floor tom legs
Heads: Original Yamaha Clear Ambassador resonant head by Remo; New Remo Clear Ambassador batter head
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