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  1. Registered User

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    Default Need some help identifying a vintage Yamaha kit *pics*

    Hello!

    I just picked up this nice vintage (i think?) Yamaha kit and wanted to see if anyone on here had any info on it. From my brief research, it seems to be the 7000 series drums (YD7000 according to the Japanese Yamaha site). I have no idea what that means though, as I'm a n00b and know nothing about older drums. At first I thought it was a lower end older kit but when I took off the batter head to look at the wood I was quite surprised. The wood looks to be a darker color with a slight finish, possibly stained? The wrap is red with a sparkle upon close inspection. I'll just list the information I have on it and post pictures and let you all post =)

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    14"x24" BD-724GA
    5.5"x14" SD-050MD (10 lug)
    8"x12" TT-712GA
    9"x13" TT-713GA
    10"x14" TT-714GA
    12"x15" TT-715GA
    16"x16" FT-716GA
    16"x18" FT-716GA









    thanks in advance for any info!
    Last edited by camelian; 06-24-2008 at 01:14 AM.

  2. Drummer wannabe

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    It looks like stained maple to me. Nice catch!
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    22x20 16x14 12x8 14x6.5
    Saluda Cymbals

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    Yam 7000 drums were a mahogany (ie luan)/birch mix, rather similar to the mix of the Pearl DLX. I THINK it's the same shell construction as the 8000 series, but with the lower end hardware. Those huge stands are 9000 series.

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    Ah ok. So was I correct in identifying it as the "7000 series"? Is that its official name? Also, any ideas as to the market value for it? Thanks for the info!

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    It was, though think it also had a name in the same way that the 9000 was the Recording Custom. It may have been the Stage series (but i may be confusing this with the 5000 drums!)

    To be honest it's worth what someone will pay for it but they are nice sounding drums.

  6. Yamaha / Sabian

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    Holy crap, you have my drum kit!!!!! Same finish as well judging from the pics! I thought I was the only one that owned a kit like this. I got the same except not as many toms, I got a 12x8, 13x9, 16x16, 22x14, 14x5.5 aluminium snare.



    They're from the late 70's/early 80's, they later became the (old) Tour Customs and they were of course a pre-cursor to the 9000 (recording custom). Great sounding drums, this is my first drum kit I got 2nd hand when I was 14, love it to bits

    You sure you got the right sizes?? Looks like you have a 10 there... post more pictures!
    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau (Blue Sparkle)
    Yamaha Oak Custom (Amber Sunburst)
    Yamaha YD-7000 Series Circa '81 (Re-wrapped in Gold Sparkle)
    Yamaha C-200 Circa '68 (Re-wrapped in Turquoise Oyster)
    Premier/Autocrat Early 60's Re-wrap 26/14/16
    Sabian HHX Cymbals

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    The old Tour Customs were the 8000 series I believe. Not sure about the 7000 series, but that looks like high-quality mahagony, very nice!

  8. Yamaha / Sabian

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    I often wondered that too but then I saw recently in a drum mag a Yamaha time line, and the 7000 series were a feature in the years 74-82 (I think) and it said it was later turned into the tour custom. It only listed the 5000 (stage custom), 7000 and 9000 (rec custom).

    I know the 8000's exist (somewhere) but i'm not sure where they fit exactly, although apparently the 7000's were of higher quality. I think the 8000's used the same lugs as the 9000 drums too, I remember someone on here having one in a natural finish.
    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau (Blue Sparkle)
    Yamaha Oak Custom (Amber Sunburst)
    Yamaha YD-7000 Series Circa '81 (Re-wrapped in Gold Sparkle)
    Yamaha C-200 Circa '68 (Re-wrapped in Turquoise Oyster)
    Premier/Autocrat Early 60's Re-wrap 26/14/16
    Sabian HHX Cymbals

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    The order, in 1983/4 ish at any rate from the last catalogue I have was 5000, 7000, 8000 and 9000RC. They all co-existed but the 5 and 7 series drums disappeared shortly after this point.

    7000 series drums are NOT a pre cursor to the 9000 series, the shells are different. 7000 shells are actually (from the catalogue) a wood called agathis ( a conifer from NZ. Used for guitar manufacturer as cheap but looked and sounded reasonably good) and Phillipine mahogany compared to the birch or birch/camelia mix of the contemporary 9000 drums and the two series co-existed for most of the 7000 series run. The 7000 was the semi-pro series of drums , though they still sound very good indeed.

    All 5000/7000/9000 metal snares are/were steel rather than ally, you may want to check yours with a magnet.

    8000 and 9000 lugs are completely different, the 8000 lugs being single as opposed to the 9000 hi tension lug. However some Yam endorsees had 9000 drums with 8000 lugs, Dave Mattacks had one and I think there are others too. Equally some endorsees, Andy Newmark for one and DM again often used 8000 drums in preference to the 9000 drums.

    The Rock Tour Custom, which replaced the 9000 has a similar lug to the RC drums, but there are detail differences.

    The 7000 & 8000 shells are similar, the 8000 just had better hardware and as I say the series did co-exist for a few years.
    Last edited by mpthomson; 07-02-2008 at 03:17 AM.

  10. Yamaha / Sabian

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    Wow thanks mp. Don't suppose you could scan the catalogues?
    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau (Blue Sparkle)
    Yamaha Oak Custom (Amber Sunburst)
    Yamaha YD-7000 Series Circa '81 (Re-wrapped in Gold Sparkle)
    Yamaha C-200 Circa '68 (Re-wrapped in Turquoise Oyster)
    Premier/Autocrat Early 60's Re-wrap 26/14/16
    Sabian HHX Cymbals

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    I can give you a website that has scans of the 1981 catalogue (which has the 5/7/9 series drums and woods etc and also the 1986 catalogue.

    www.drumarchive.com and click on 'Yamaha', obvously! Lol!

    Be careful, you'll spend hours on it!!

  12. Yamaha / Sabian

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    Oh man no way! I've wanted these catalogues for SO long! I've pestered Yamaha about my 7000 series for a while but they couldn't give me as much information as you just did, these catalogues will be an interesting read, thanks!!
    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau (Blue Sparkle)
    Yamaha Oak Custom (Amber Sunburst)
    Yamaha YD-7000 Series Circa '81 (Re-wrapped in Gold Sparkle)
    Yamaha C-200 Circa '68 (Re-wrapped in Turquoise Oyster)
    Premier/Autocrat Early 60's Re-wrap 26/14/16
    Sabian HHX Cymbals

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