Yaiba Aluminum Snare
by Michael Dawson
Canopus launched the Yaiba series a few years ago, in an effort to bring down the cost of manufacturing without sacrificing quality. To do that, the company developed new die-cast lugs, in the shape of Japanese swords, to replace the more expensive solid-brass tube version.
The JSA-1450 is the latest addition to the Yaiba snare line, which also includes steel and maple models. This 5×14 drum has eight lugs and features a 1 mm aluminum shell, which is said to produce a crisp and fat sound for a wide range of musical applications. The drum is very lightweight yet solidly built. The throw-off is simple and smooth, and the tension rods feature Canopus’s Bolt Tight washers to minimize detuning.
We tested the Canopus Yaiba aluminum snare in the studio at five different tunings: low (80 on a DrumDial), medium-low (82), medium (85), medium-tight (87), and tight (90).
The complete review is in the June 2012 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.
Have a listen: