A fellow Yamaha Custom Drums owner gave me the heads up about a pretty unique set of drums. These were for sale on the Chicago Music Exchange site a few months ago, and were listed as an early 2000s Absolute Maple Custom drum kit with wood hoops.
Of course, the badge says they’re Yamaha Custom Drums with maple shells. The kit has an elegant burgundy lacquer finish that really shows off the beautiful wood grain – just check out the close-up of the floor tom below. Each badge is engraved with “Tim Anderson”, the original owner’s name (Tim – if by chance you found this site while Googling yourself, would love to hear the story behind these drums).
As should be obvious, what makes these even more unusual than the rare Yamaha Custom Shop drums are the stunning matching Vintage Hoops. I’ve seen these on the Anton Fig signature snare and a few others, but never on a complete set. I think they look amazing, and a quick search shows that adding a set to my own drums would cost more than I paid for them in the first place. And in case you’re wondering, this 12/14/16/24 kit sold for $2,195 USD, which seems like a pretty good deal to me.