This past September, Yamaha Drums celebrated its fiftieth year with a daylong event at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. The day included presentations that reflected back on the company’s most significant innovations over the years, such as its debut D20 drumset, the Hexrack hardware system, ball-style tom mounts, the locking hi-hat clutch, the YESS (Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System) suspension mount, and the Air-Seal drum-shell construction system that utilizes staggered diagonal seams.

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