Yamaha Talks Up New Hex Rack System

Falling somewhere in between Gibraltar’s round rack system and Pearl’s square rack system, Yamaha announced an hexagonal rack system at the Winter NAMM 2008. Yamaha claims the design provides “superior strength,” and “delivers a reliable, strong, easy-to-use and visually stunning rack in one innovative package.” A few NAMM pics are floating around the internet.

The model numbers are also popping up on music retail sites. Here are all the details from the Yammy press release:

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Every now and again, a new product begs the question, “Why didn’t anyone think of that before?” With the introduction of the new Hex Rack Systemâ„¢ at Winter NAMM 2008, Yamaha Drums will undoubtedly be hearing that query frequently.

Adding to their history of legendary hardware innovations, Yamaha Drums adapted the same hex shape that is synonymous with their tom arms and applied it to a newly-designed Hex Rack Systemâ„¢. These hex-shaped pipes also provide superior strength over the rounded pipes that dominate the market. With its matte chrome finish, a complete Hex Rack Systemâ„¢ makes a stunning visual statement under stage lights.

Furthering the product’s groundbreaking innovation, Yamaha also developed a brilliant method for attaching toms, cymbals and accessories to the hex pipes. A two-piece combination gives drummers innumerable possibilities and infinite flexibility in setting up their kits: the Arm Clamp and Synthetic Open Sphere. The Sphere can be quickly and easily attached anywhere on the hex pipe with a Pacman-style spring, allowing the Arm Clamp to be easily secured onto it.

The use of this Sphere and Arm Clamp together is twofold. First, it allows for the Arm Clamp, when loosened, to provide additional adjustability as it spins on the Sphere. As the Arm Clamp is tightened, the Sphere grips the pipe at the six hex points and eliminates slippage.

“The use of hex-shaped tubing and rotating Arm Clamps is an industry first, and represents our commitment to pushing the envelope on drum set hardware,” said Dave Jewell, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums, Pro Audio & Combo Division. “We are trying to make things easier and more reliable for drummers. That’s why we’re here.”

Jim Haler, product manager, Yamaha Drums, added that “‘Hexessories’ [Hex Rack Systemâ„¢ accessories] will also be available, and provide limitless possibilities for creating unique and customized rigs.”

The Hex Rack Systemâ„¢ delivers a reliable, strong, easy-to-use and visually stunning rack in one innovative package. This combination ensures that the new rack will be a major hit in the music product industry.

The HXR3L and HXR2L Hex Rack Systemsâ„¢ are expected to ship in March 2008.

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