Awesome collection Frank. Not to derail the subject of shell thicknes and resonance but do you know what Chester Thompson was using in his instructional videotape? They look Phonics with Scandi birch but I can't tell.
In keeping with the fine tradition of analyzing scientific theoretical philosophy that this forum does, I found a heavy dose of information on shell design we all can discuss. Truth told I'd love to have a set of rosewood thick shell Phonics.
Nothing too exotic but some ways to use Yamaha hardware:
By taking their tiered cymbal attachment and connecting into a straight stand, I cobbled this together.
Using a multi-clamp and the cowbell holder off a cymbal stand allows the positioning I like.
Turning the 3 holed receiver like this...
Jeff Porcaro was a big proponent of using a Black beauty in the studio from what I've read. Perhaps an email to his tech Ross Garfield the "Drum Doctor" may yield some some results?
I'm also curious as to which snare Bermuda preferred in the studio and any songs recorded with that particular model.
I don't know if the drum factory will be going out of business, they seem to backed by a large corporation. From the videos I've seen of their new factory the drum making staff is surprisingly small.
I always imagined Yamaha drums to be a large mount of workers on an automotive plant sized...