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An Introduction To Yamaha Hipgig Drums

Updated on January 30, 2011

One of the more interesting series' of drums to come out recently, Yamaha Hipgig drums are designed especially for drummers who need a compact drum set for gigging purposes.

It is often hard to fit your drum set into the required space at gigs, and I have been frustrated with this fact for many years now.

The idea of the Yamaha Hipgig drum set is to provide a full drum set, with consolidated drum hardware, and the ability to fit the entire drum set into the bass drum as a whole.

Now, as you can imagine, having a bass drum which is comprised of two parts will ultimately have you compromising somewhat on sound quality, and this is why I wouldn't recommend you to use hipgig drums for your professional touring needs.

But for drummers who just need a set for local gigs, Yamaha Hipgig drums can be the perfect solution, because they are small, lightweight drum kit, and have decent sound quality for their price- and overall solid value.

Yamaha Hipgig drum sets are offered in four varieties, and each hipgig drum set possesses a different level of sound quality and price.

The Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta Drum Set

The Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta delivers high sound quality for its reasonable price.
The Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta delivers high sound quality for its reasonable price.

Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta Drum Set

Although the sound quality from the Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta Drum Set isn't anything stellar, it is still a compact drum set which has the advantage of being able to fit into literally just about any car.

These drums are relatively inexpensive, too, so you have the overall pros of this being a good value for decent sound quality drums.

Each drum in the Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta Drum Set is designed to fit into the next one of the larger size, which you with being able to fit this drum set into any vehicle.

All of the drums in this kit are pretty small, as well, which gives them a slightly higher pitch. I would deem this as a con, because I like drums which have a lot of bass tone to them, but if you don't mind not having that bass response, then I would recommend getting this Yamaha Hipgig Drum set, as long as you realize that it is only going to sound good in certain situations.

The Al Foster Hipgig Drum Set

The Al Foster Hipgig Drum Set is one of the better Yamaha Hipgig drum sets, and provides a good sound for jazz drummers.
The Al Foster Hipgig Drum Set is one of the better Yamaha Hipgig drum sets, and provides a good sound for jazz drummers.

Al Foster Hipgig Drums

The Al Foster Hipgig Drum set is both slightly larger, and somewhat larger than the Yamaha Hipgig Rick Marotta.

The reason that the Al Foster Hipgig sounds so much better than similar drum sets is because it uses both birch and mahogany woods in its drum shells, which give it a deeply resonant tone that pack a lot of punch.

The Al Foster Hipgig is one of the Premier Yamaha Hipgig Drum sets in terms of sound quality, but it is also quite affordable and can fit conveniently into most vehicles. Overall, I would say that this hipgig drum set offers a lot of beneficial features for drummers who need a small drum set to take to local gigs. Although it still doesn't quite reach a professional drum sound, it is much closer than many of its counterparts.

The Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System

The Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System has a great sound quality and is small enough to fit into the corner of most rooms- perfect for house party gigs.
The Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System has a great sound quality and is small enough to fit into the corner of most rooms- perfect for house party gigs.

The Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System

The Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System is a Yamaha Hipgig drum set that pack professional sound quality into what is otherwise a very small and compact drum set.

The reason that I can call this a professional quality sound is simply because of the resonant tone that these drums have- due to the use of mahogany in their shells and well-constructed hardware attachments.

The Yamaha Club Jordan is extremely convenient to use, and can literally fit into the corner of almost any room, so it is perfect for gigs where there is no clear stage outlined, and you just sort of have a bunch of musicians all mashed up in a corner- also, the reverse bass drum pedal makes it easy to play the bass drum while standing.

For a Yamaha Hipgig drum set, I would say the Club Jordan Cocktail Drum System is an outstanding purchase that could come in handy in a variety of situations.

The Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig Drum Set

Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig drums have a professional look and sound that is rare to find in a drum set of that size.
Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig drums have a professional look and sound that is rare to find in a drum set of that size.

Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig Drums

The Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig was originally created to be a good quality drum set for beginning drummers, but has since proven to sound good enough and be small enough to be a nice choice for advanced drummers who need a compact drum set.

One of the nicest features of the Yamaha Manu Katche, which sets it apart from the other Yamaha Hipgig drums, is that it features all mahogany shells. I personally like this feature because it lowers the fundamental pitch of the drums, and gives you a lot of bass response out of such a tiny drum set.

The Yamaha Manu Katche snare drum also sounds particularly good, for the quality of parts it uses, and has a projecting and resonant tone which is perfect for rock drumming and jazz drumming alike.

In general, I would say that the Yamaha Manu Katche is probably the second best Yamaha Hipgig drum set, behind the Yamaha Club Jordan, but serves a different purpose in that it is designed to be a full, sit-down drum set.

The Yamaha Manu Katche Hipgig is perfect for a variety of situations, including for drummers who need an extremely compact drum set that still meets a high standard of sound quality.

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      robertzimmerman2 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the explanation of the different HipGig models. I had seen them and considered them but ended up with something else. If I were to buy one I would take your advise and get the Manu Katche model because of the lower tone.

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