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?uesto 07-04-2012 09:15 PM

New Yamaha Stage Custom in Honey Amber
 
Still need to change the heads. Took it straight from work to a gig. Sounded awesome though! I'm still waiting on the 16" floor tom. I'll post a picture with all the sizes set up when I get it.

Pictured is:

Drums:
  • 8"x10" Rack Tom
  • 14"x14" Floor Tom
  • 17"x20" Bass Drum
  • 5"x14" 1976 Ludwig Acrolite

Cymbals
  • 15" Zildjian K Istanbul Hi-Hat Top over 15" Vintage A Hi-Hat Bottom
  • 18" Zildjian A Custom Projection Crash
  • 21" Zildjian K Custom Special Dry Ride
  • 20" Zildjian A Custom Ride

http://i50.tinypic.com/5pl9jb.jpg

http://i49.tinypic.com/wcle1u.jpg

http://i48.tinypic.com/1zlfaec.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/23wkuba.jpg

opentune 07-04-2012 10:21 PM

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sweet looking setup, love the finish!
(i wonder why Yamaha has a 20x17 deep bass instead of 20x16 or 20x14...17 seems an 'odd' number)

?uesto 07-04-2012 11:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by opentune (Post 1020548)
sweet looking setup, love the finish!
(i wonder why Yamaha has a 20x17 deep bass instead of 20x16 or 20x14...17 seems an 'odd' number)

Totally agree. 16x20 is ideal, but I wouldn't cut it down or anything. Yamaha does 15x20 on the Club Custom. I think that's great!

Sonor, on the other hand does 17.5x20. That's even more dumb than 17x20, in my opinion.

?uesto 07-05-2012 03:42 AM

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Decided to go crazy after I finished my paper. Even though I can't play drums in my apartment, setting them up in new ways is always fun too. So I pulled out all the stops tonight: (I decided to go for the Jojo set-up with the small tom after the floor tom after everything else was put where it was)

Drums
  • 5"x14" '76 Acrolite
  • 5.5"x14" Custom Maple Snare (Old Mapex Shell)
  • 17"x20" Bass Drum
  • 9"x12" Rack Tom
  • 14"x14" Floor Tom
  • 8"x10" Rack Tom

Cymbals
  • Zildjian 14" K Custom Special Dry Top over New Beat Bottom
  • Zildjian 18" A Custom Projection Crash
  • Zildjian 10" K Splash
  • Zildjian 21" K Custom Special Dry Ride
  • Zildjian 13" Remix Jingle Hi Hat Top over New Beat Bottom
  • Zildjian 20" A Custom Ride
  • Zildjian 18" Vintage Avedis Crash (Modified)

Percussion
  • LP Salsa Cowbell
  • Tycoon Lip Block with "KISS ME" Written
  • LP Salsa Cowbell with "I GOT A FEVER" Written

HiRes
http://i46.tinypic.com/29da9ow.jpg

Artstar 07-05-2012 03:54 AM

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Nice drums man. Love that finish !

wildbill 07-05-2012 04:03 AM

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Nice!

I wish that finish would have been available when I got mine. I like it much better than the Natural Wood. Naturally, it came out right after I got them - ha ha.

I also would have preferred a shallower depth (14") on my 20" bass. 17" is OK, but it seems an odd way to go.
Yamaha is strange that way. My 18" bass drums are 15" deep.

Anyways - an all around nice looking setup. Have you tried putting the 10" tom in the 'normal' position? Or does that just not sit right with you.

?uesto 07-05-2012 04:22 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wildbill (Post 1020675)
Nice!

I wish that finish would have been available when I got mine. I like it much better than the Natural Wood. Naturally, it came out right after I got them - ha ha.

I also would have preferred a shallower depth (14") on my 20" bass. 17" is OK, but it seems an odd way to go.
Yamaha is strange that way. My 18" bass drums are 15" deep.

Anyways - an all around nice looking setup. Have you tried putting the 10" tom in the 'normal' position? Or does that just not sit right with you.

Thanks! That's usually how things happen. But the way of the world will come back around in your favor eventually. It always does. =]

The first three pictures at the top of the thread feature the 10" in the 'normal' position. I don't think I'd ever do this for a gig. Maybe I'd mess around with that kind of set-up in a rehearsal room or something, but I like a standard one-up, one-down or one-up, two-down set up. I can't wait for the 16".

wildbill 07-05-2012 04:39 AM

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Oops - my mistake. I thought you got the 5 piece kit with 10" and 12" mounted toms, and that it was the 12" in the first 3 pics, with a funny lens on your camera or something - ha ha.

I've only ever seen Stage Customs being sold new as 5 piece around here. Except for the 4 piece Bop kit with 18" kick of course.

Did you buy it piece by piece, or set up as a kit that way?

?uesto 07-05-2012 04:49 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wildbill (Post 1020683)
Oops - my mistake. I thought you got the 5 piece kit with 10" and 12" mounted toms, and that it was the 12" in the first 3 pics, with a funny lens on your camera or something - ha ha.

I've only ever seen Stage Customs being sold new as 5 piece around here. Except for the 4 piece Bop kit with 18" kick of course.

Did you buy it piece by piece, or set up as a kit that way?

I bought the 5 piece with 10RT, 12RT, 14RT, 20BD, and the snare drum (traded the snare drum back for store credit) and then I ordered a 16" Floor Tom which is on the way. Should be here next week. I do different set-ups for the different bands or venues I play in, so I need options..

wildbill 07-05-2012 05:38 AM

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Oops again.

Somehow I missed the 10" tom in the 5th pic. Just used to seeing the 'traditional' way of setting up a kit with 2 mounted toms, I guess.

Getting the 16" floor tom should have you covered on all bases, and give you lots of setup options.

?uesto 07-05-2012 06:08 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wildbill (Post 1020693)
Oops again.

Somehow I missed the 10" tom in the 5th pic. Just used to seeing the 'traditional' way of setting up a kit with 2 mounted toms, I guess.

Getting the 16" floor tom should have you covered on all bases, and give you lots of setup options.

Definitely! And because these drums are so inexpensive, I can eventually get an 8" tom, 13" tom, or a 24" kick, if I so choose if I start playing music that calls for it...

Adam B 07-06-2012 04:34 PM

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Nice!

Your using the same config as me, with the Acrolite. I bought my stage custom birch last Jan with the same sizes in the natural finish.

Great sounding drums and really affordable.

I love how the new finish looks. Very classy.

Xero Talent 07-06-2012 05:23 PM

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Beautiful drums, love my Stage Customs too.

JClutchD 07-10-2012 08:11 PM

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That kit looks great man! Lovin' the setup too. Congrats!

jofizzm 07-10-2012 09:57 PM

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That's a beautiful finish man. I still think the sapphire blue they offer is the stage customs is one of the best finishes Yamaha offers, but you're sure is purrdy...

harryconway 07-11-2012 01:29 AM

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Beautiful kit. Me - I love honey amber. And Yamaha birch drums.

?uesto 09-01-2012 05:35 PM

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16" Floor Tom finally came in. Just need to pick up a 14" Coated Ambassador later and I'll be set for my next few gigs.

HiRes
http://i46.tinypic.com/2mquhih.jpg

wy yung 09-01-2012 06:42 PM

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Honey amber is such a lovely finish.

ordinaryH 09-02-2012 12:38 AM

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?uesto: beautiful kit. The acrolite looks so good with the honey amber finish. Sweet!

mike d 09-02-2012 01:23 AM

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Love that finish.
But, I really need to see more cowbell.

GRUNTERSDAD 09-02-2012 01:36 AM

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Not sure how I missed this thread, but gorgeous drums. Very nice.

?uesto 09-02-2012 03:59 AM

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Thanks everyone.

When I ordered these drums, my boss put in an order for the natural finish by mistake, which in my opinion is not that great looking on the Stage Customs. The grain looks so cheap and unnatural. So when they got into the shop, I told him he messed up, and to avoid having to order again, he tried to convince me to take those, but I explained to him how much of a difference there was in the finishes. When these came in, he totally took back his attempts to get me keep the original ones.

mike d 09-02-2012 04:47 AM

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I'm a Tama guy, but I have so much respect for Yamaha as a company. They just put out such great products at great prices.
Those drums look sweet, and if Yamaha is the company I think they are, they probably sound even sweeter!

jofizzm 09-02-2012 05:43 AM

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Side note, I want me the hell out of one of those pork pie rugs.

larryace 09-02-2012 06:19 AM

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Nice drums, nice finish.

Your 1976 Acro has a baseball bat muffler?

rdb 09-02-2012 01:09 PM

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The kit looks great, but I couldn't help noticing your feet on the throne. Yikes, that must have been a little sketchy.

?uesto 09-03-2012 05:14 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jofizzm (Post 1042067)
Side note, I want me the hell out of one of those pork pie rugs.

Hahaha.. Bill Detamore, (owner of Pork Pie) wrote "Love the rug." on one of the pictures of it on Facebook.

Quote:

Originally Posted by larryace (Post 1042070)
Nice drums, nice finish.

Your 1976 Acro has a baseball bat muffler?

I installed that myself.. Not my proudest moment.

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdb (Post 1042129)
The kit looks great, but I couldn't help noticing your feet on the throne. Yikes, that must have been a little sketchy.

It's not too bad. The throne locks in two places, plus I can hold on to the rail above the sliding glass door. I wouldn't put the drums or my camera at risk. I've done much dumber stuff... lol

I do it again in this next one. ;)


Got everything re-headed. Can't wait to play these, maybe when the neighbors are at work. Anyone want to guess who my favorite drummer is?

HiRes
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major_panic 09-03-2012 01:38 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ?uesto (Post 1042401)
Got everything re-headed. Can't wait to play these, maybe when the neighbors are at work. Anyone want to guess who my favorite drummer is?

HiRes
http://i46.tinypic.com/2d1scpj.jpg

Do you play traditional grip, but holding the sticks waaaaay back, pretty much at the base? Just like a certain... K.C.?

GRUNTERSDAD 09-03-2012 02:18 PM

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Let's see. Floor toms slanted away.....that would have to be???

wy yung 09-03-2012 02:27 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD (Post 1042515)
Let's see. Floor toms slanted away.....that would have to be???


He's gonna have to sell this Yamaha kit and buy a Gretsch Brooklyn kit. :-)

?uesto 09-03-2012 05:26 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by major_panic (Post 1042505)
Do you play traditional grip, but holding the sticks waaaaay back, pretty much at the base? Just like a certain... K.C.?

I've tried practicing and even jamming live that way, but I don't have enough control of the stick. I do like playin traditional grip sometimes, but my left hand is a little further up on the stick. I did start holding the stick in my right hand like him though. It's very comfortable and I can pull off a lot more.

Quote:

Originally Posted by wy yung (Post 1042517)
He's gonna have to sell this Yamaha kit and buy a Gretsch Brooklyn kit. :-)

Funny you should say that. Two of my favorite drummers are Carlock and Questlove (see username), but I didn't go with Yamaha because they played Yamaha. I got it because they were the best drums and the best price for the configuration I wanted. Not long after I put my order in for the kit, Keith went to Gretsch and Quest went to Ludwig. All the guys at work were joking, saying I need to cancel my order now. Haha

wildbill 10-28-2012 02:43 AM

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Are you going to leave your tom mounts upside down like you have them in the last pics?
Looks like you've got them nice and flat mounted like that.

I'd have a rough time playing your kit. The jumps from snare to mounted tom, and mounted tom to floor tom are a lot larger than I'm used to. I'd probably be hitting sticks on rims a lot - ha ha.

Drumolator 10-28-2012 04:07 AM

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That is a nice drum set... drums and cymbals. Peace and goodwill.

?uesto 10-31-2012 12:16 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wildbill (Post 1062397)
Are you going to leave your tom mounts upside down like you have them in the last pics?
Looks like you've got them nice and flat mounted like that.

I'd have a rough time playing your kit. The jumps from snare to mounted tom, and mounted tom to floor tom are a lot larger than I'm used to. I'd probably be hitting sticks on rims a lot - ha ha.

No, definitely not. It's tough to play like that. I usually keep the snare drum parallel with the ground and the rack tom rim about an inch away from that of the snare, slanted up and away from me. Not too much, but enough to where I can keep my posture straight and everything is easy and comfortable.

nhzoso 10-31-2012 12:43 AM

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Very nice, saw one same color last week in store..Looks even better in person. I had a stage custom but it was an older one with the mixed woods..great kit but not exactly what I wanted.. I would love to have an all Birch model though..

BTW I 2nd the rug..I gotta get me one of them : )

scorch whammin 10-31-2012 02:18 AM

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Very nice looking kit!....and that's probably my favorite finish on SC's...when you consider all that comes standard on them now, they're definitely a lot of bang for the buck...congrats...

?uesto 11-08-2012 08:06 AM

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Here's two I took tonight.. I love two racks and two floors.

http://i47.tinypic.com/344fshu.jpg
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wildbill 11-11-2012 05:34 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ?uesto (Post 1066493)
Here's two I took tonight.. I love two racks and two floors.

http://i47.tinypic.com/344fshu.jpg
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Did you try the stock bass drum resonant head for a while before you put the ported one on?
Mine has a large amount of kickback on the pedal even though I don't have it tuned real tight.
I think there must be some really tight tolerances on these drums, or the air vent isn't large enough or something.
Seems like air can't escape, build up pressure and pushes back on the pedal. That's what it feels like anyways. I'm getting pretty used to it though.

?uesto 11-12-2012 01:53 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wildbill (Post 1067621)
Did you try the stock bass drum resonant head for a while before you put the ported one on?
Mine has a large amount of kickback on the pedal even though I don't have it tuned real tight.
I think there must be some really tight tolerances on these drums, or the air vent isn't large enough or something.
Seems like air can't escape, build up pressure and pushes back on the pedal. That's what it feels like anyways. I'm getting pretty used to it though.

It felt fine with both heads. I needed some more punch and clarity since I was playing unmic'd a lot. It doesn't feel much different now, as far as I can tell. I've only played one gig since changing it though and I wasn't paying much attention. I'll feel it out next time I can take the drums out and really play them.

I also dig the white head on the wood grain. :)

wildbill 11-12-2012 05:26 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ?uesto (Post 1067883)

.... I also dig the white head on the wood grain. :)


Ha ha - the wood looks a little orange on my computer. That - with the black stock resonant head, is great for Halloween.

Looks like the bass matches the other heads on your drums now. A more 'unified' look.


I like the black resonant head on the Cranberry Red kit, but am not so sure about the one on the Natural Wood kit.



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