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Old 03-17-2015, 10:31 PM
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Default how old is my Yamaha 9000 Floortom?

Hi folks,

Im new to this forum. Hoping to find some Yamaha 9000 experts who can help me out.

I recently bought this old `Made in Taiwan` 18x16" 9000 series floortom - it was converted to a bassdrum so there are some extra holes but came with all the original parts to reconvert it (except tension rods).

I tried to find out when it was built from the serial number but did not get to see through fully how these numbers work.
The Badge reads: Model FT-918E , Ser. No. PL 5002

The floortom has the more rounded bearing edge, the high tension lugs still have springs & felts in them. From what I know these seem to be the early period of Recording Customs (?)

So can it be this Tom is from the late 70s or early 80s ? Can anyone estimate a more definite year of built based on the serial number?

Thanks.


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Old 03-18-2015, 12:56 AM
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:28 AM
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That would imply a build date of May 1989 (the link only provides the dating of serial numbers from 1980, and its is PL). It looks older that that...

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Old 03-18-2015, 04:57 AM
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Default Re: how old is my Yamaha 9000 Floortom?

Looks like 1979. Birch shell.

I have the same kit with smaller single-lugs instead of those long ones. If you consider letting it go PM me, that floor tom would fit in with my 9000 kit.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:19 AM
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Default Re: how old is my Yamaha 9000 Floortom?

Thanks for your answers.
For me it looks older than 1989 as well.

So the long high-tension lug was already in use by 1979 ?
In other threads I read it wasnt used until the early 80s but I cant say how reliable that information is.
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Dating Yamaha Drums

1980-1989: The first letter in the serial number indicates the year of manufacture; the second letter is the month.
Example: OL = 1988/May, OM= 1988/June. • Indicates research model or first run in production
H I J K L M N O P Q S X Y Z
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 • 10 11 12

Indeed
P = 1989
L = May

Relatively late, but not impossible if i'm not mistaken.

Its a Yamaha Standard Recording. They came without the hand rubbed interior black finish the Recording Custom is known for. It came with the option of a wrap or a clear coating (slightly more matte then the coating on a 9000)
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:24 PM
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I read in this thread that Yamaha switched to the 45 bearing edge in 1986 (right?)
This would rule out 1989 as a year of built for my tom.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...570#post898570

Does anyone know for how long Yamaha drums were produced in Taiwan ?
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I read in this thread that Yamaha switched to the 45 bearing edge in 1986 (right?)
This would rule out 1989 as a year of built for my tom.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...570#post898570

Does anyone know for how long Yamaha drums were produced in Taiwan ?
I'm pretty certain that the "made in Taiwan" Yamaha's were made in the early 80's (81-82) and only for a short period of time.... I've got a couple contacts at yamaha I can ask, to hopefully get a more definitive answer....
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Dating Yamaha Drums

1980-1989: The first letter in the serial number indicates the year of manufacture; the second letter is the month.
Example: OL = 1988/May, OM= 1988/June. Indicates research model or first run in production
H I J K L M N O P Q S X Y Z
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 10 11 12

Indeed
P = 1989
L = May

Relatively late, but not impossible if i'm not mistaken.

Its a Yamaha Standard Recording. They came without the hand rubbed interior black finish the Recording Custom is known for. It came with the option of a wrap or a clear coating (slightly more matte then the coating on a 9000)
From the bearing edge and Made in Taiwan it's much earlier than that, very late 70s or early 80s is more like it.

I've got a Taiwanese 18" 9000 floor tom that I converted into a bass drum and it's alovely sounding thing.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:17 PM
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I'm pretty certain that the "made in Taiwan" Yamaha's were made in the early 80's (81-82) and only for a short period of time.... I've got a couple contacts at yamaha I can ask, to hopefully get a more definitive answer....
thanks, that would be great as I may not contact the Yamaha US support from my location.
I just sent an inquiry to Yamaha Europe about this as well. Lets see if they can help.

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I've got a Taiwanese 18" 9000 floor tom that I converted into a bass drum and it's alovely sounding thing.
Yeah. Played mine a bit as a kick drum as well. Great sound for an 18"
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