After a hiatus of a couple of years, the Yamaha Manu Katché Signature is resurrected and better than ever. Manu Katché and Yamaha have been developing an improved model to better suit the needs of students and gigging musicians alike. As before, the Yamaha Manu Katché Signature is height adjustable to suit both junior and adult drummers and centred around a 16″ bass drum. While still an ideal choice for aspiring junior drummers, the new Yamaha Manu Katché Signature has grown up to display new levels of maturity and professional features.
Resurrected and better than ever, a new 5-piece, all birch Yamaha Manu Katché Signature
For starters the former humble wrap finishes have been replaced with a choice of three premium lacquer finishes. On the suggestion of Manu Katché an additional tom has been added to form a complete five-piece configuration. “On the advice of Yamaha artist Manu Katché, the number of toms has been increased from one to two, in a two-up one-down configuration. This was motivated by a desire to enable drummers to correctly play scores that use two toms as standard.”
Under the the new gleaming lacquer finishes lies perhaps the most significant update; instead of the former version’s Philippine mahogany shells, the new Yamaha Manu Katché Signature shells are comprised of 100% birch. “The Junior Kit offers the punch and power that is typical of birch kits. There is no undesirable spillover of sound, so adjacent drums do not interfere with each other. Perfect for recording situations, this distinctive birch sound allows each note you play to be clearly distinguished.”
The new Improved Yamaha Manu Katché Signature
“A Junior Kit for any educational setting – The evolution of the concept of a “low-height junior kit that drummers can use for real performance,” the Junior Kit is a flexible drum kit adjustable to a wide range of heights, allowing anyone from small children to adults the world over to enjoy playing quality drums.”
Currently (December 8, 2015) it’s looking like the new “Manus” may make it to stores with a day or two to spare before Christmas. This might be the ideal Christmas present for aspiring young drummers and experienced drummers alike. MSRP and street price are yet to be determined. We hope to have further information in the coming days.
Look for a full review here on CompactDrums.com in the very near future! Meanwhile here is some additional information from Yamaha’s website.
Although a small-diameter kit, this configuration is useful for drummers all over the world, allowing them to play performances that conform to the common standard.
Flexible kit height for everyone from children to adults The Junior Kit is comfortable for adults to play, while children can play it with ease when set to its lowest height. This flexible configuration makes the Junior Kit a joy to play for both adults and children across the globe, in any performance setting.
The Junior kit comes equipped with a riser that can be adjusted to accommodate a range of heights, allowing performance with a floating bass drum set to the optimum height for the drummer.
The wide legs ensure the stability of the bass drum and feature rough surfaces to allow the pedal to be fastened firmly even when using metal hoops, and giving the kit a level of power that belies its small diameter.
The Junior Kit offers the punch and power that is typical of birch kits. There is no undesirable spillover of sound, so adjacent drums do not interfere with each other. Perfect for recording situations, this distinctive birch sound allows each note you play to be clearly distinguished.
Available Lacquer Finishes