YAIBA II Drum Kit

Unbeatable Price Incredible Sound Made in Japan

YAIBA II Drum Kit
YAIBA II Groove KitYaiba BopkitYAIBA II Dark Red SP LQYAIBA II Dark Red SP LQ

SOUND

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Bop Kit (BD:18"x14" FT:14"x14" TT:12"x8" SD : 14"x5.5" w/ Rims and Tom Holder)
Groove Kit (BD:22"x18" FT:16"x16" TT:12"x8" TT: 10"x8" SD : 14"x6.5" w/ Rims, w/o Tom Stand)
COLOR
Yaiba Gray SP LQ Yaiba Gray SP LQ Dark Red SP LQ Dark Red SP LQ Ebony LQ Ebony LQ Mat White LQ Mat White LQ
LUG
YAIBA Lug
SHELL
GROOVE KIT : Birch
BOP KIT : Maple
FINISH
Yaiba Gray SP LQ
Dark Red SP LQ
Ebony LQ
Matt White LQ

YAIBA II GROOVE KIT

YAIBA II BOP KIT

It is indeed unmatched pricing drum kit

The New YAIBA models have inherited the great Canopus sound and have also specialized and refined the concept of the original YAIBA – but they sit in a much more affordable price range. This is a “dream come true” for those drummers who have always wanted to easily have the Canopus sound.

In producing these drums, we adopted a different approach for the shell construction, heads and hardware. In addition we switched from nitrocellulose lacquer, the use of which is particularly costly and time consuming, to a different type of lacquer – one used by many other drum makers for their high-end models. This has reduced the time of the drying process, shortened our overall production time and enabled us to significantly reduce the price.

We are also able to provide a wide variety of color choices including new sparkle lacquer finishes.
These factors all combine to give NEW YAIBA a truly unique sound quality.

The New YAIBA Groove Kit and Bop Kit are the result of our research into finding the perfect shell type to suit specific sonic and stylistic requirements. We settled upon birch for the Groove kit and maple for the Bop kit . Our commitment to producing the ideal sound led us to this decision to use different shell types within one series – in this we are confident to say that we have introduced a completely new concept to the drum industry.

With all the revolutionary ideas featured in New YAIBA, it is indeed a drum kit of unmatched price and value.

CANOPUS カノウプス 刃II YAIBAII

Stevie Wonder has his own Canopus drums!

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Stevie Wonder
Everyone at Canopus is really pleased and honored that Stevie visited the Canopus booth at NAMM 2016.
Prior to the show we had sent him, upon request, a Zelkova snare drum – which he really liked.
He came to the Canopus booth to check out our other products.

He played the YAIBA II Groove kit, with his favorite snare drum – the Zelkova. He loved the YAIBA sound, and decided he wanted it for himself.
Words can not explain how excited and honored we are that such a great musician has chosen to use Canopus’ Yaiba drum kit and snare drum!

February 12, 2016

Reviews from Canopus Dealer Around the World

Darryl Bonebrake
I believe that it is the best value in professional handcrafted drums. The Maple Bop kit is a jazz or funk lover’s dream, and the Birch Groove kit cuts through today’s high-energy music with beautiful sounding tone and power (when needed).

Darryl Bonebrake / Music Arts Enterprises
Lone Star Percussion
In a blind test I feel the Groove Kit will stand up to any birch kit out there! Even those costing 2 – 3 times as much. Great low end as well as a superb attack!

The Bop Kit sounds amazing! I don’t think you could find a better set in this price range. The craftsmanship, hardware and lacquer are top notch.

Robert Anderson / Lone Star Percussion, TX USA
Shane Kinney
I think that this is the best sounding kit compared to other kits in this price range.

Shane Kinney / Drum Center of Portsmouth, NH USA
Marvin Khoo
High end drum sounds for a mid range price!
The Yaiba series will serve everyone from a beginner practicing at home, to a pro playing at a music festival well…
Ideal for all players, anywhere, anytime!

Marvin Khoo / MusicGear (Singapore)
Sean / Boston Drum Center, MA USA
It looks and sounds great and the price is very reasonable.

Sean / Boston Drum Center, MA USA

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Zion Afuang (Music Instructor, Keyano Conservatory)
-Yaiba II Bop Kit-
The Canopus Yaiba Bop Kit is a very versatile drumkit. It has a very wide tuning range suitable from jazz to pop rock. The toms and bass drum have a fast response and lasting sustain without too much ringyness. Also they have implemented their newest and more efficient lacquering process, which in turn lowers the price and increases affordability for the consumer. I highly recommend Canopus drums!


Reviews

Down Beat Magazine
Down Beat Magazine (November ,2014)

Canopus, a Japanese drum company that has been around for decades, is known for its superior craftsmanship and offerings in the high-end market. The company's New YAIBA line intends to take that knowledge and, with some minor modifications, come up with a series of drums in the mid-tier price range.

Down Beat Magazine
Down Beat Magazine (November ,2014)
Down Beat Magazine
Modern Drummer Review
Modern Drummer Magazine (December ,2014)

We reviewed the original Yaiba Bop and Rock series drumsets from Canopus in the August 2010 and May 2011 issues and were thoroughly impressed with their clear, musical, versatile sounds and ultraprecise construction. The series was conceived to offer a more affordable option than the company’s flagship lines, without sacrificing strength and performance.

Modern Drummer Review
Modern Drummer Magazine (December ,2014)
Modern Drummer Review
Modern Drummer Review
no so modern drummer
no so modern drummer

I've known about Canopus's high quality drums for a long time, having played one of their unique Zelkova wood one piece barrel shaped snare drums in my drum shop in the 2000s, and sold their accessories. I heard my first Canopus drum set at a NAMM show around 2006. The very small bass drum on that kit sounded huge and attracted a lot of attention.

no so modern drummer
no so modern drummer
I've known about Canopus's high quality drums for a long time, having played one of their unique Zelkova wood one piece barrel shaped snare drums in my drum shop in the 2000s, and sold their accessories. I heard my first Canopus drum set at a NAMM show around 2006. The very small bass drum on that kit sounded huge and attracted a lot of attention.

I had high expectations of these Yaiba drums before they even came out of the box. The Yaiba line has been around for three or four years and this is their new revised kit – revised for lower price but not lower quality. Both sets list for $1500 which is quite a price drop from the original Yaiba kits.

Canopus's drums and sets have never been cheap because they don’t make any cheap drums. This new Yaiba set is their first set that I think puts their sets within reach of the amateur or working drummer who wants to afford a very high quality drum set at a mid-line price. To achieve this price point on an already existing line, Canopus says that they adopted a different approach to the shell construction, heads and hardware from the original Yaiba kits. They also switched from nitrocellulose lacquer to a standard type of lacquer that reduced the time of the drying process and shortened their overall production time and cost. The new models also come in many color choices – Yaiba gray sparkle lacquer, dark red sparkle lacquer, ebony lacquer, and matte white lacquer.

The word Yaiba means 'Japanese Sword' by the way.

Yaiba Groove Kit


The Groove Kit sizes are very standard five piece sizes ; 18x 22 bass, 8×10 and 8x 12 toms, 16×16 floor tom, and a 6.5 x 14 snare drum. The shells of the Groove Kit are birch and have a nice punchy attack with a healthy underlying low end. This kit is aimed at the rock, funk, pop, fusion and modern country player who needs a kit that can deliver substantial volume with great tone.

My impressions upon inspecting them:

Snare:

Big, fat and rich sound with lots of snap and high end cut
Nice deep snare beds
Canopus vintage snare wires sound great, bearing edges great – tuned right up, very rich fat sound, great snare response from very edge to center
Snare throw off is a Canopus proprietary p85 type that works great and has “Canopus” molded into the side of it, a nice touch the snare drum sounded great at all snare wire tensions; loose, medium , and did not choke out when tightened heavily
The double lug design on the snare is very attractive and clever

Toms:


Very full sounding with lots of distinct cut
Easy to find the sweet spot when tuning
RIMS type holders on the rack toms
Tom mount? The only negative about the whole kit for me – no tom holder on the bass drum or double tom stand. I realize there are a lot of drummers who mount their toms on stands, but a holder on the bass drum for two rack toms is the norm. No mount puts the consumer and dealer in the position of having to have one installed or providing a holder of some kind.

Bass Drum:

Very deep and powerful, punchy
Nice adjustable ratchet spurs
The die cast claws have rubber gaskets that make them line up with the lugs easily and to keep them from gouging the wood hoop, which is finished in the same lacquer finish on the outside

Hardware and Appointments:

No generic hardware on the drums
All proprietary made specifically for or by Canopus
Nice sculpted badge
The logo on the bass drum is very classy
Came stock with Remo UT clear ambassador heads on toms, nice Power Stroke III heads on the bass. Coated anbassador on the snare
Beautiful finish. Great looking gun metal glitter type finish called Yaiba Gray. “Very Sparkly' as Rain Man would say
Canopus' Bolt Tight leather washers included on each tension rod on all drums. Two leather washers with a metal washer in between keeps the tension rod from loosening and also isolates the hoop and bringing out the low end of the shell they work

Performance:

The Yaiba Groove can be summed up in one concise phrase this is a very, very, very, very nice sounding and versatile drum set. This is a high level pro kit at a mid-line price. I would recommend this kit to anyone who is looking to step up to a nice five piece work horse kit with a finish that looks expensive.


Yaiba Bop Kit


The Yaiba Bop set sizes are traditional as well 14 x 18 bass, 8 x 12 and 14 x 14 toms, and a 5.5 x 14 snare. The shells are maple and have the warm and pleasing sound that maple is known for. This kit is aimed at the jazz or small group player, but the bass drum can be tuned quite low and is more full sounding than the average 18” bass drum. It could be substituted for a 20” bass drum easily.

My impressions upon inspecting them:

Snare:

One word; snappy! Most plywood snares sound boxy to me, but this one had a nice bright attack with lots of body and no midrange boxiness.
Snare response is exceptional from the edge of the head to the middle.
Snare wire tension sounded great at loose, medium and tight settings.
Tuning it was easy

Toms:

Warm and big. Nice round notes at high and low tunings.
Plenty of attack and lots of sustains. Nice blend between the two.
Single bass drum mount for the rack tom with ball and socket arm. Yay! Thank you very much.
Rims type suspension mount for the mounted tom.

Bass Drum:

This is the biggest reason to buy this drum set. Canopus’s 18” bass drums are known for their big, deep sound. I don’t know what they are doing to achieve this, but they are in a class by themselves.
Fitted with ratchet spurs and with matching paint on the hoops.

Appointments and Features:

I already mentioned the bass mounted tom holder.
The red glitter paint finish on this kit is stunning. They call it Dark Red Sparkle. Very classy. Nobody would kick this finish out of bed.
The workmanship on all the hardware and the chrome plating is top notch. There are no compromises in the construction and machining of this instrument.
The heads on this set are all Remo Ambassador coated medium weight heads.

Performance:

The Yaiba Bop set has a great sonority. When we play a small drum set tuned open with no muffling, we want the drums to blend pleasantly in a chord. The Yaiba Bop set, if tuned correctly, achieves this. I tried the toms and bass at very high, medium and low tunings. A very pleasing and sustaining blend was present at all tunings. The dynamic range is wide. No choking out at high volume and nice whispering tones w pianissimo strokes. Definitely a beautiful sounding jazz set that can double as a small setting pop or funk set.

My overall impression and rating of the Yaiba line is a solid ten out of ten. From a construction, features, performance, and visual standpoint, Canopus has delivered a superior top shelf professional instrument in two configurations at a price that is attractive.

Comments

IMEP Yaiba Drum Kit
IMEP • Paris College of Music

Unboxing, tuning and playing the Yaiba is a wonderfull experience. The looks, the colors and the
finishing are amazing, students at IMEP • Paris College of Music are very lucky !
I tried different ways for tuning the sets, and each brought a great result : an excellent drum set !

Howard Ogg
Howard Ogg

"The Yaiba Groove kit from Canopus is a beautifully crafted, all birch shell drum kit that has the warmth and attack that performs well under any venue and any genre of music. It sounds great, feels great, it is THE best drum kit I have ever played." I get compliments all the time from other artist and sound engineers how well this drum kit sounds. Dutch Opperman from Altitude Lighting said about the Canopus Yaiba Groove kit, " This drum kit is a great sounding drum kit, it really punches through the mix and has a great warmth to it." I am very pleased with the Yaiba Groove Drum Kit. Thank you Canopus for making such an outstanding drum kit. I LOVE THIS DRUM KIT!!!!

Eliot Zigmund
Eliot Zigmund

The new drums were great last night, pretty much out of the box. I did a concert with guitarist John Abercrombie, beautiful clear sound to the kit, really lightweight for set up and knock down. This is my new NYC drum set.

Adell Shavers
Adell Shavers

I have worked in Retail 20 years and have seen alot of drum ideas as well as worked in the production of Music and I have never seen a company that pays such detail as in Sound as Canopus the various snare strands to produce different results the innovation of boring out a shell with such success.

Darryl Bonebrake
Darryl Bonebrake / Music Arts Enterprises

I believe that it is the best value in professional handcrafted drums. The Maple Bop kit is a jazz or funk lover's dream, and the Birch Groove kit cuts through today's high-energy music with beautiful sounding tone and power (when needed).

Lone Star Percussion
Robert Anderson / Lone Star Percussion, TX USA


In a blind test I feel the Groove Kit will stand up to any birch kit out there! Even those costing 2 - 3 times as much. Great low end as well as a superb attack!


The Bop Kit sounds amazing! I don’t think you could find a better set in this price range. The craftsmanship, hardware and lacquer are top notch.

Bence Bolygo
Bence Bolygo

The yaiba as the name implies is a master sword instrument. Due to Canopus's intensive research and development program they have created a standard series kit to their portfolio that is versitile for all situations and stands up to being played in any genre from pop to jazz to rock. Canopus based these kit designs on the key components of classic vintage drums going as far as analysing the wood grain and developing a unique bearing edge for each drum to get the best tonality/ resonance physically possible. The tolerance and precision of craftsmanship is second to know to 0.1 of a mm.

These drums in my opinion sing as individuals and serves as the best creative extension of your brain to real tones making inspiring music. Every Time I or anyone whom comes to our facilities plays this kit find the same reality that the yaiba kits, hold a portal between you brain and music that one has never other wise experienced. Making it the only serious choice in today's market if you truly believe in your sound and playing.

Overall 10/10.

Tutty Moreno
Tutty Moreno

In my long relationship with Canopus -since the very first time, when I went to the small old factory and was introduced to Zelkova snare (Canopus' only original product by then, circa 1988) - I've never had the slightest doubt about the quality that came from the ideas (and ideals) of Shinichi Usuda-san, founder and president of the company.

When the first R.F.M. Maple came up, I had the honor of being the first foreign drummer to test it and obtain it. That's a set that I will keep with me for my whole life. The new Yaiba series keeps the high Canopus level standards and was specifically designed to provision the needs of the difficult economic times the whole planet now endures. It is perfect for the kind of music I make (samba-jazz), but it is also perfect for any musical situation. As I use to say: Canopus, no doubt, is the future today.

Edward Barroetabene
Edward Barroetabene

This Yaiba Bop kit gives you more of what you expect from a Drums of this size, works perfectly if you change the tuning in different styles, is like a chameleon". Jazz, Latin, Funk, Pop, limitless..

Alex Monsoliu
Alex Monsoliu / Jamboree Jazz Club/ Sound engineer

My job is rewarding when the sound of a drum kit responds to all harmonics at any type of dynamic, this makes it very easy and comfortable to use.

Ilan
Ilan / Terra Blues

The music at Terra Blues NYC is only served one way; authentic. With its rich sounding snare and deep, punchy bass drum, the Canopus drum kit delivers any blues shuffle beat with bonafide results.

Sean / Boston Drum Center, MA USA
Sean / Boston Drum Center, MA USA

It looks and sounds great and the price is very reasonable.

Stewart Jean
Stewart Jean / Musicians Institute Hollywood, Program Chair

As Chair for the Drum Program at Musicians Institute I must be sure to provide only the highest quality equipment to our students. I have found that quality in the new Yaiba series from Canopus. They are the best drums in their class.

Peter Retzlaff
Peter Retzlaff / The Collective School of Music, Faculty

The YAIBA drums are a great addition to the Canopus drum line. Both the jazz and groove drums look and sound great, and they are priced very competitively. I highly recommend these drums to anyone who wants great drums at a great price.

Shane Kinney
Shane Kinney / Drum Center of Portsmouth, NH USA

I think that this is the best sounding kit compared to other kits in this price range.

Marvin Khoo
Marvin Khoo / Music Gear, Singapore

The finishing on the New Yaiba is very nice for an econimical drum set.

Terry Garguilo
Terry Garguilo

The best kit I have played. rock club. theater. or auditorium the great look and sound never let you down. top shelf drums.

Jotan Afanador (Aventura)
Jotan Afanador (Aventura)

The Sword kit is my all around compact drum kit. Cutting through all styles and music situations from vintage to todayʼs modern music with such power and a dynamic range.
Its Great look and sound are definitely, without a doubt, a master piece. Such a pride!