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Old 11-02-2012, 09:13 PM
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I just pulled out of storage my old Yamaha drum set. I bought it 20 or so years ago. Went to the Yamaha Vault and typed in the Model and nothing came up. Here are the model #'s.
TT-512D
BD-522D
TT-513D
FT-516D
SD-550MD

Serial Number on all drums is - HP

They are white. Wondering what the history is on them? Not sure I want to sell them. Might keep them for my daughter, but would like to know value as well? I can take pictures upon request. They are in decent shape, just dirty.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:07 PM
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Any chance of a pic?


I have English and Japanese catalogues from the late 60's to mid 90's and can't find those model numbers. Closest I have found all have a 'G' as last letter; i.e. BD-522G for the 5000 series and Stage 2 kits.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:28 PM
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I had a somewhat similar set that was mis-matched, but sold to me as a new set. This was over 30 years ago though.

It had TT-713D and TT-714D mounted toms, SD-750 snare, and the bass drum and floor tom had the same numbers as yours - BD-522D and FT-516D. All in piano black wrap (except the chrome snare).

It's my understanding that at that time, there were 5000, 7000, and 9000 series. Higher numbering indicated better quality. The 9000's later became recording customs. At some point there was also an 8000 series.
The 7000 series mounted toms I had were finished differently on the insides - much nicer than the finish of the 5000's. Different wood too, I think.
What other differences there were, I don't know. The hardware looks the same.

They're decent drums, but not worth a lot these days. You might be able to get $300 to $400 for them - if you're lucky.

You can get new kits now in similar, or better, quality for about the $500 to $800 range.


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Old 11-02-2012, 10:31 PM
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This may help?

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=51142
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:35 PM
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My set had that early style, small ball, swivel type tom mount, like in the first picture of that thread. Not sure when they switched over to the ball type mount they're using now.

Also, apparently, they might not sell for much at all. The OP would probably be better off keeping them for his daughter, like he said.


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Old 11-03-2012, 12:31 AM
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It's my understanding that at that time, there were 5000, 7000, and 9000 series. Higher numbering indicated better quality. The 9000's later became recording customs. At some point there was also an 8000 series.
The 7000 series mounted toms I had were finished differently on the insides - much nicer than the finish of the 5000's. Different wood too, I think

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Yes, the 9000's became the recording customs.

The 8000 became the Tour Series (not to be confused with the current Tour series).


The 5000 became the Stage series, and later morphed into the short lived Power V series (V of course being the roman numeral for 5).

I agree, the value is in the few hundred dollar range. the OP would be much better keeping them for his kid than trying to sell them.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:32 AM
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According to post #9 in the linked thread, the 7000 series was at that time, the Club Custom.
Not sure about that though.
It's good to get some info on that old set I had though. I wasn't really too concerned about the specifics back then.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:38 AM
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Your drum information is on this website. Stage series. Yamaha had drums made in Japan and England. Drums made their were very well made.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com

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Old 11-03-2012, 07:16 AM
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I thought the Power V where the things Premier made for them. I used to have a 13" tom for awhile and didn't understand the made in England on the label until I read about the Premier arrangement on a forum.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:40 AM
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I thought the Power V where the things Premier made for them. I used to have a 13" tom for awhile and didn't understand the made in England on the label until I read about the Premier arrangement on a forum.
They were; there are also RC9000 that are made in England.



After checking my catalogues, (I will admit, most of my early 90's stuff is in Japanese and I do not read the language) it appears the kit Surndogg has is the 5000 series, marketed as 'Stage' series in the early 80's, eventually becoming the 'Stage 2' when they marketed 'Power Stage' as a seperate line.

I'm not sure about the US, but they don't sell for large amounts here in the UK.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:56 PM
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I thought the Power V where the things Premier made for them. I used to have a 13" tom for awhile and didn't understand the made in England on the label until I read about the Premier arrangement on a forum.
I didn't mean to imply the Power V was the exact same kit as the 5000, just meant they were both made to be the Yamaha intro/intermediate kit, designed to compete with the Pearl Export and the Tama Rockstar.

All much like the stage series, the Power V series could never quite compete with the Export or Rockstar in getting any significant market share (I believe the Power V was hampered by a higher price tag) which is why they all faded away.

It wasn't until the first version of the Stage Custom came out that Yamaha gained significant market share in the lower priced drum market. After the Stage Custom came out, Pearl and Tama spent the next several years playing catch up.
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Your drum information is on this website. Stage series. Yamaha had drums made in Japan and England. Drums made their were very well made.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/yama..._sets_complete

Link doesn't work.

I was looking forward to browsing it too. Oh well.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:14 AM
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Try the link again, it should work now.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:31 PM
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Thanks.

After browsing a bit, it looks like I got the set I was talking about in the late 70's, rather than the early 80's.

Time flies - LOL.

EDIT: my SD-750 snare drum from that set still looks almost like brand new. I think chroming was done a lot better back then, than the stuff I see now:
http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/imag...catalog_19.jpg


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...I just pulled out of storage my old Yamaha drum set....
...They are white....

Do they look a bit like this?: http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/imag..._catalog_8.jpg
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:37 AM
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Yes, that is the same kit as mine...
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Yes, that is the same kit as mine...
Do they have any value?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:12 AM
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I have a catalogue with those drums from 1986 they are stage series drums. They were their lowest priced kit. I have another Cat. from 87 they were called stage 2 and there is a lower priced kit called road series. Looks like they upgraded the tom holders and snare drum on the stage 2s. Both kits are made from mahogany with an inner ply of beech. Probably not worth a whole lot. But they should be good drums if you have good heads on them.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:54 PM
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Do they have any value?

Some - not much.

Unless you find someone looking specifically for that kind of kit, you might be better off keeping them.

Brand new Stage Customs are usually non-sale priced at around $649 for a 5 piece shell pack.

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The 7000 series Tom Toms were 9 plys, Agathis + Philippine Mahongany. The source of this information was Yamaha's 1981 Catalog. I too own and perform on a 7000 series drumset.
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Hi.
I just pulled out of storage my old Yamaha drum set. I bought it 20 or so years ago. Went to the Yamaha Vault and typed in the Model and nothing came up. Here are the model #'s.
TT-512D
BD-522D
TT-513D
FT-516D
SD-550MD

Serial Number on all drums is - HP

They are white. Wondering what the history is on them? Not sure I want to sell them. Might keep them for my daughter, but would like to know value as well? I can take pictures upon request. They are in decent shape, just dirty.
The 5000 series was an all Mahogany shell. Probably Philippine Mahongany. Nice, warm sounding drums.I'd ballpark value at $200-300. Great drums to give to your daughter.
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Yamaha Stage Series by the numbers.

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Hi.
I just pulled out of storage my old Yamaha drum set. I bought it 20 or so years ago. Went to the Yamaha Vault and typed in the Model and nothing came up. Here are the model #'s.
TT-512D
BD-522D
TT-513D
FT-516D
SD-550MD

Serial Number on all drums is - HP

They are white. Wondering what the history is on them? Not sure I want to sell them. Might keep them for my daughter, but would like to know value as well? I can take pictures upon request. They are in decent shape, just dirty.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:57 PM
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Your drum information is on this website. Stage series. Yamaha had drums made in Japan and England. Drums made their were very well made.

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com
Thanks for the link.

I was able to find my old Ludwig set:



I wish they still made this setup, I'd buy another one today.
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The 7000 series Tom Toms were 9 plys, Agathis + Philippine Mahongany. The source of this information was Yamaha's 1981 Catalog. I too own and perform on a 7000 series drumset.
Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you've noticed by now that this thread is over a year old.
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