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  1. Registered User

    Join Date
    Nov 2005


    You'll discover that fundamentally the 7000 became the 8000 in the end. Also worth pointing out that all Yam metal snares of this era, whether steel or brass, wwere seamless spun shells, and therefore a cut above many others. The brass drums are particularly reminiscent of a Black Beauty in tone.

  2. chick chick

    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Dallas Tx


    i have a 12x8 tom in White wrap. it has the same shell and lugs as your new drum set.

    ive tuned it and played with it a couple of times. and it sounds really good.

    i want to find a bass drum and floor tom one day..

    Nice set
    Session SMX Vintage fade.

    Vision VSX Orange Sparkle

    Zildjian Armand Cymbals

  3. Registered User

    Join Date
    Apr 2019


    For Posterity sake The TT-712 GA is a 12 inch mounted (rack) tom from the later 1980s , 7000 series Yamaha drums. The early 7000 series were Camilla and Philippine mahogany shells (1970s) the later versions were Birch and Philippine Mahogany. Yamaha used Philippine Mahogany through the long offering of its stage custom series up until it changed the shell material to Asian birch (Sakura) in 2017, which has a janka hardness of 995

    Many people poo on Philippine Mahogany out of complete ignorance. Its a hard wood , from the poplar line, named Light Red Meranti, Dark Red Meranti, White Meranti, Yellow Meranti, and Balau, with a Janka hardness of 1050 which is much higher than regular poplar (around 400 to 500). because of its hardness its a much better structural wood for drums than common poplar.

    Most drum manufacturers still used Philippine Mahogany today, they just change the name to poplar or identify it has hardwood.

    The 5000 series drums, later called Stage series and afterword Stage Custom, all came with Philippine Mahogany shells. Those kits have been played successfully for decades, with excellent sound, so those who poo on Philippine Mahogany are simple minded folk who attach themselves to very sort of internet lead deception.

    I don't think I have ever played a bad sounding set of Yamaha drums, given they have decent drum heads applied.
    Last edited by TJH; 05-20-2019 at 11:43 AM.

  4. Registered User

    Join Date
    Apr 2019


    For you non historical Folks
    In the USA Yamaha offered the following kits
    Early 70s - YD-700
    Late 70s - YD-9000 (Birch) and YD-7000 camilla/meranti

    Early 80s
    YD-9000 (Recording), all Birch, YD-8000 (Tour)- Birch & Meranti 5000 (Stage). Meranti - All sold into the 90s with variations of deep toms added
    The YD9000 was named the Recording Custom, the YD-8000 the Tour custom and the YD-5000 the Stage custom

    1995-6 - Various sources within Yamaha quote those two dates, for release of the updated and now badged, Stage custom this release had high tension lugs and externally attached bass drum spurs. It sold in kits with 20 or 22 bass drums. The shells are now Meranti and falkata or falcata...

    2001This kit was later split into three versions
    Stage Custom Standard now Birch Meranti and Falkata
    Stage custom Advantage same shells as the standard
    Later in the late 2000s they changed the lugs to dual lugs, and added a fiber quick change lug the kit now named Stage Custom Nouveau
    In 2011 Yamaha released the Stage custom All birch shells, and modified that offering in 2016, which is the kit they offer today.

  5. Registered User

    Join Date
    Apr 2019


    The yamaha 7000 was not Birch Luan shells ... the 1978 catalog clearly indicates Camilla and Philippine Mahogany (white or Yellow Meranti). Many mistake Maranti with pine, they are not the same. Meranti has a Janka hardness of 1050 which is the same as Birch and Maple, while Pine has a Janka hardness of 350 or less making it a softwood


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