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    Tama Starclassic Walnut Birch Kit - Talk me out of it!

    Man I hear you totally.. These are extremely underrated drums which most just throw in the lower end category.. but when you really examine what is going on.. This is Tama's lighter weight series which punches so far above it's weight. .
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    When Are Drum Shells Too Thin?

    . IMO.. Yes.. Perfect example is that Portland percussion video you posted.. They end up choking at higher tunings IMO. Even the Keller 10 ply I bet would sound better as it is just a hair over 6mm . .. Have you heard the original Yamaha Maple Customs...
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    yeah I know this.. but this has nothing to do with my point.. Read Fobz comment above.. you will start to get it
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    Expensive Bop Kit Poll

    . Those Starclassic W/B definitely seem to favor lower frequencies..
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    LOL.. Of course that is the obvious with the industry.. and you just partially supported my observation so I do appreciate that .
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    New Brooklyn’s….silver sealer?

    Let's put it behind a curtain next to this sucker.. see which one you can decipher.. I'll take this at a huge discount:
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    . I wanted feedback from places that have been selling this stuff since the 80's. .. The new Yamaha China pro level stuff sounds better than the Sakae stuff IMO.. but that is a separate issue from desirability. . the desirability level is not as high as it once was for the...
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    Not for places I do business with. .. not wacky at all.
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    I know they make a quality product and people order it and studios use it.. However there is no fiery desire for the pro level stuff compared to 80's/90's.. even into the early 2000's.. and to make sure my spidey sense is in tune.. I called 3 older drum shops .. they...
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    That means everything.. and I see Stage Custom all over.. I don't see the others.. and there is definitely no fire for Yamaha pro drums like there used to be. . It just is not there.
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    sure it is.. but observation is crystal clear to me. .. Look around.. feel it out on the forums.. You know it when you go in a drum shop and what people are talking about. . This equipment was in demand big time and people had to have it..
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    New Brooklyn’s….silver sealer?

    Gretsch is a majority gum shell and all those plies are hidden on the inside.. 4 gum, 2 maple. exterior/interior are maple which afaik is the most influential ply .. the interior.. . Pearl is a maple shell with 2 interior gum. 4 maple, 2 gum.
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    Nah.. I disagree totally.. They are not doing nearly as well and there is no hard desire like there was previous. . Nobody freaks out over current Yamaha pro drums.. 80's to 90's .. People freaked out and had to have them. I was one of them. The Tour was VERY...
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    New Brooklyn’s….silver sealer?

    Different shell construction . . and they definitely did NOT do a good job with that Pearl.. I have heard those things absolutely KILL it .
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    What kind of Yammies are these?

    . I love seeing these older Yamaha's... The years of Yamaha being so cool and having incredible lug options.. All they had to do was leave the look alone more or less but they could upgrade the shells and suspension. It is obvious to me their upper lines are struggling...
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    Yamaha from China stopped shipping?

    Yamaha upper level are made in Xiaoshan district next to Hangzhou.. Yamaha Stage and Rydeen made by a contractor company in some other part of China. . Tour made by Reliance in Taiwan ,.
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    You could check with Hendrix out of Houston.. They don't list spotted gum but they have such a variety that I bet they could find it locally.. They build Thin stave and probably the best pricing I have seen anywhere.. Here are some vids. . the first half of each vid is cranked up...
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    Aren't they ply only ? .. These guys do Spotted Gum Stave : https://www.redrockdrums.com.au/timber
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    Inexpensive Bop Kit Poll

    Yeah I can see the potential with those.. but the first dude should of ditched that snare stand for the tom IMO.. You would of heard it open up. Third guy I don't know what he was thinking with those Hydraulics LOL .
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    Is Premier back?

    This is a different catalog not shown before.. That is why I just posted it so you could see the Elite here : http://www.drumarchive.com/premier/Premier2008Drumset.pdf
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