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  1. donzo74

    Why does my 1990s Yamaha Recording Custom 8x8 YESS tom have a 1980s serial #?

    With this drum, the badges and YESS mount are the dead giveaway that this is a late 90's drum. An 80's drum would have the mount bolted flush to the shell and a hole going all the way through the shell. Plus, the vent would be in one badge and the other badge would have a cutout for the vent...
  2. donzo74

    Why does my 1990s Yamaha Recording Custom 8x8 YESS tom have a 1980s serial #?

    I've had Tour Customs, Recording Customs, MCA, BCA and RTC sets and lots of snares from the mid-80's through mid-2000's and I have found that the Yamaha serial number code works for dating all of those lines.
  3. donzo74

    Why does my 1990s Yamaha Recording Custom 8x8 YESS tom have a 1980s serial #?

    Just because it has a 2 letter prefix serial number doesn't mean it's from the 80's. I have Absolute toms from '01 with a 2 digit prefix. You have to take it in the context of when the models were made, the features, the badges, etc. For your drum, "N" is the year, so that would be '97, which...
  4. donzo74

    I don’t know which one I like better!

    Nice find! I have the double chain version of this pedal. The bent plate is nice if your playing on an uneven floor or over a transition between carpet and floor or a seam between two pieces of a riser. The pedal will always rest on the spot under the heel plate and not on a high spot somewhere...
  5. donzo74

    What's your latest purchase?

    I have a set of these with the long, high-tension lugs. They are 6ply, 7.5mm thick 100% birch shells. Mine are Sequoia Red with clear lacquer inside. They are loud drums and project well. They are on the heavy side with the long lugs and thick shells but they are very well built and sturdy.
  6. donzo74

    Cymbal Set Ups-do you go High/Low or Low/High?

    I set mine up Low/High, as well. I'm right handed and use 2 crashes. My main is a 17" and that would go on my left to right of the HH and the left of the rack tom. I want both hands to have the best access to that one for rolls and chokes. My 16" secondary crash is to the right of the ride and...
  7. donzo74

    Show off your Yamahas!

    Cool man, I'm fairly new myself. Sweet kits! Tour Customs have always been one of my favorite lines (had a black set back in the day) and I love the 1 up, 2 down black Club Customs. Thanks for posting!
  8. donzo74

    Show off your Yamahas!

    I see you had a "Hold my beer..." moment while reading this thread. Awesome collection man! Those RC's...🤤
  9. donzo74

    Looking at the future...

    Yes, one of my bands has lost almost all shows due to venues closing, sadly permanently, and the remaining places canceling us and going with smaller solo, duo or trio acts. No bookings for that group until November. Another group I played in has folded because we had a few bookings, one this...
  10. donzo74

    What ultimately made you decide on the brand of drums you play?

    Yamaha is well known for making quality, professional-grade products and great sounding instruments and they are my favorite drums for many reasons. My first set was a Yamaha Power Road in '87. Entry-level, but still could be made to sound good. I marched in H.S. and a couple of years in college...
  11. donzo74

    Show off your Yamahas!

    A random thought popped into my brain last weekend. "Build a set around your favorite snare." Well, my fav is still my black Yamaha SD-098, 14x8 Recording Custom but I have no need for any other sets so I really didn't give it another thought. A few days later, I went to a local store for heads...
  12. donzo74

    Traditional Grip v Matched Grip

    I play most everything traditional these days. I started off playing matched and went to tradish in high school for drum line and I just like the feel of the mechanics of the motion. It was strange at first but then something clicked and it just made sense and felt right. The only time I play...
  13. donzo74

    Vinnie or Jeff?

    Based on the intro feel, the strong locking bass drum on the chorus groove and the fill @ 3:30, I'd wager "Lady on the Phone" was played by Vinnie.
  14. donzo74

    Evans UV2 Heads......serious game changer.

    I put UV1 heads on the BCA kit at church over a year ago and I'm just starting to wear through the coating on the 12" tom. They project and they have lots of attack but still with a smooth roundness and sustain. I put UV1s on my MCA kit with the same results. They seem to have more presence than...
  15. donzo74

    Neil Peart's Ludwigs

    He was still using the dual 24's at that time, too. My first Rush concert was Presto in 1990 and this was the kit. I'll never forget how awesome it was to finally see Rush live for the first time!
  16. donzo74

    Neil Peart's Ludwigs

    This article has a lot of info on all of his hits: Here's the one you are looking for... The tour to support 1987’s Hold Your Fire saw another changing of the guard, kit wise. Sparing no expense, Peart lined up several...
  17. donzo74

    Adjusting the time for other players

    I don't believe that Uncle Larry is talking about tempo fluctuation. The way I read it, it seems like the intent of the question is, if someone completely drops a beat or comes in at the wrong time or rushes or drags to the point that they are not longer playing in the same relation to beat '1'...
  18. donzo74

    Drum Tuning Bible

    Timmdrum, to each their own and if you can get a good snare sound threading like that, I applaud you, sir! However, you did say that you don't like using cord, so you may not have tried threading using this guy's method. I am someone who prefers using braided cord for attaching snares so I have...
  19. donzo74

    On what albums do you think every single song is excellent?

    Here are a few albums I always thought were great from start to finish: Rush - Moving Pictures Led Zeppelin - Zeppelin 4 Boston - Boston Steely Dan - Aja Dio - Holy Diver Gino Vanelli - Nightwalker Whitesnake - Whitesnake Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All
  20. donzo74

    Anyone still using hanging floor toms?

    My Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit has all hanging toms, including the 14x12 and 16x14. I generally use that kit as a four piece with a 12x10, 16x14 & 22x18 BD. Sounds great for rock and the hanging toms make setup a breeze.