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Yamaha Absolute Maple Drum Set

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Many moons ago, Alan Dawson opened a clinic by asking, “What’s the most important component of a drum set?” As an evolving jazz snob, I shouted out, “Ride cymbal.” (“No.”) Someone of equal confidence offered, “Hi-hat.” (“Nope.”) Another yelled, “Snare drum.” (“Uh-uh.”) Somewhat more timidly, a fourth guessed, “Bass drum.” (“Wrong.”) With the room stunned mute, Mr. Dawson said, “The seat! How are you going to play drum set without a good seat?” Beyond the ice-breaking cleverness of his trick question was a refreshing practicality.

The DS-840 throne supplied with this Yamaha Absolute Maple kit was the softest stool I’ve ever had (wait, maybe I should rephrase that). The seat itself, while more than an inch thinner than most, is the first I’ve seen with the mattress warning, “Under penalty of law this tag is not to be removed,” and a 7-inch circular metal plate receives the base section’s screw rod. Despite its compact fold-up size, the three double-braced legs extend to a 24-inch footprint, making it ideally comfortable and rock-steady.

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