There has been a lot of progress in terms of what features manufacturers are offering on "entry" level kits. Some have all maple or birch shells which would have been unheard of ten years ago. Your stage custom was made in 98? Sell it for a few hundred bucks, I'd say.what would be the cost of a drumkit i have new? it is a yamaha 98 stage custom i believe and we got it for $700 used with hardware and im told that a $499 kit is a step up. so im just wondering what my kit is realy worth so i can have a good view of the market.