Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Review and Pics

areFish

Silver Member
July 29, 2011 Update: See post number 19

This is a review of a 5 piece Yamaha Stage Custom Birch drum set. I ordered this kit in Dark Silver Metallic from a dot com, on February 22 and it delivered on March 8, 2010. The purchase price was $999.00 (since lowered to $899.00), which included a Yamaha HW-780 drum hardware pack and shipping. Yamaha describes this kit as great for the beginner and the working professional. The bass, tom and snare shells are all 100% birch wood. The package includes the following:
20x17 Bass, 7-ply, 7mm
14x14 Floor Tom, 6-ply, 6mm
12x9 Mounted Tom, 6-ply, 6mm
10x8 Mounted Tom, 6-ply, 6mm
14x5.5 Snare Drum, 6-ply, 6mm
FP-7210 Bass Drum Pedal
SS-740A Snare Drum Stand (single braced)
2, CS-755 Medium Weight Boom Stands (single braced)
HS-740A Hi-Hat Stand (single braced)

The hi-hat, snare and boom stands are stable and a moderate weight. They are not on the heavy side and don’t feel like they can be knocked over too easy as well. The hi-hat stand uses a tension adjustment with notches on a progressive ladder. You turn the adjustment in small increments by the click to add or decrease tension. The tension adjustment is made of plastic, which from a longevity standpoint may cause concern. The snare stand also has one plastic part, the drum lock adjuster, which makes its operation very smooth. The rest of these stands and other hardware appear to be pretty much bullet proof. Yamaha includes memory locks for most of its hardware. This is helpful when setting things up after a transport. The mounted toms and boom arms can easily be set up exactly how they were previously positioned without the need for tweaking things. All the wing nuts in the lightning bolt shape is a nice touch too.

I wasn’t happy with the included bass drum pedal. To me it seemed light. I wasn’t able to adjust it to a feel I was comfortable with. I didn’t give it time to get used to it and replaced it with another model.

The tom tom mounting system is extremely versatile and makes it easy to position the toms in the desired position. They also have a heavy duty appearance that looks great above the bass drum. This mount has a spare hole that will accommodate other hardware. The design of this system also allows you to off-set the mounted toms on a cymbal stand without the purchase of any additional hardware. The mounting parts fixed to the toms are secured by two bolts through the birch shell. Per Yamaha, this is affixed at the nodal point, which allows the drums to vibrate freely for maximum sustain.

Out of the box, I replaced the heads so I'm not sure how the stock heads sounded. I found the drums to be fairly easy to tune. The drum sizes of this fusion kit may be smaller than some other configurations, however it does not have a small sound.

The sound, look and price point of this drum set make it a 5-star kit in my opinion.







 
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Andy

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Nice looking kit my aquatic friend. I'm a life long fan of Yamaha stands.
 

pearlygates

Gold Member
Yamaha did a great job on the finish of these drums. With the metallic under the sheen, I was fooled. I didn't pay any attention when I changed drum heads.
haha! Yeah.. there really isn't too much Yamaha's doing that isn't top shelf! The SCBs are amazing birch drums for the money! I am seriously considering another one.!
I would probably consider the dark silver metallic.. seeing your kit, they look really sweet in that color!
 

konaboy

Pioneer Member
haha! Yeah.. there really isn't too much Yamaha's doing that isn't top shelf! The SCBs are amazing birch drums for the money! I am seriously considering another one.!
I would probably consider the dark silver metallic.. seeing your kit, they look really sweet in that color!
Saw the Dark Silver Metallic kit in person, our church purchased one for our new satalite location. It looks sharp!
 

pearlygates

Gold Member
I had a pretty sweet set up in Natural wood finish. I ended up having to sell it because my daughter was in a bad financial bind and I needed to raise some cash for her FAST.

I really am thinking about getting another SCB. Thanks for posting pix of this finish!
I am really digging it! Great set up too!!
 

konaboy

Pioneer Member
I had a pretty sweet set up in Natural wood finish. I ended up having to sell it because my daughter was in a bad financial bind and I needed to raise some cash for her FAST.

I really am thinking about getting another SCB. Thanks for posting pix of this finish!
I am really digging it! Great set up too!!
Midwest percussion has them for $599 for a shell pack
 

konaboy

Pioneer Member
I saw that! I will hafta wait til around the last week in June for my next kit. Cash is still tight around these parts.
Believe me I'm very familiar with the tight cash, had my hours cut back at work and only been working part time hours for almost 6 months now
 

areFish

Silver Member
Review Update: The Yamaha Stage Custom Birch still remains in my opinion a great drum set and should be heavily considered when shopping for a drum kit in this price range. The flawless lacquer finishes on these kits is a nice touch and prone to compliments. I have owned this kit now for almost a year and a half. I've gone through 4 sets of batter heads and two sets of resonant heads on the toms. The tom batters I have tried have been Evans G2 clear, G plus coated, EC2 SST clear and back to G2 clear. The only tom reso heads I have used are G1 clear. The heads I did not like on this kit were the EC2 SSTs. They killed too much resonance to my ears, especially the 10" tom. The kick drum heads I have used are Evans EMAD2 clear, Remo Powerstroke Pro clear and EMAD clear for the batter. The two EMAD variations were my favorite. Kick reso included the EMAD reso and stock. Both do the job well.

Yamaha utilizes their YESS mount system for this kit. I really like the look of the YESS mount system. It is highly functional allowing you to position the rack toms in almost an infinite number of positions. It is easy to get the toms just where you want them and they hold well. I've never had to re-adjust a mount due to slippage. The YESS mount coupled with the 3-hole receiver is very versatile. The 3-hole receiver can be easily removed from the kick drum mount and placed in a cymbal stand allowing off-set tom mounting at no additional cost.

The tom mounts are drilled into the toms shell using two bolts. These are drilled into the shell at the nodal point, which is the least vibrating part of the drum shell. What happens when the tom is mounted is all the weight of the drum is focused on those two bolts or those two bolts and the ball clamp hex rod if the hex rod is mounted flush with the shell. The weight of the drum as it hangs from the ball clamp causes the tom to choke (more pronounced for the 10" tom) and it changes the tuning of the drum causing some wonky overtones. I'm not sure if this could be problem solved by tuning the drum while mounted. I like tuning on a flat soft surface to quite the opposite drum head while I tune so I haven't tried tuning while mounted.

In order to keep this kit sounding good, this kit has required some time investment by me to make it happen. The pitch at each tuning rod both top and bottom needs to be about spot on to avoid unpleasant overtones. Once this perfect balance is achieved you need to enjoy it while you can due to the propensity of the drums to de-tune. Lug locks or tight screws are probably in order here, but I haven't tried any.

The 14 x 14 all birch FT does not tune deep enough for my liking. Attempts to tune it low causes the lugs to buzz. Removing the lugs and packing them with a soft material might problem solve this. This drum was delivered with a small nick in the batter side bearing edge that appears to have been filled with wood filler. That is the only such bearing edge flaw I have ever noticed on this kit.

The 20 x 17 kick drum and toms do not project as loud as I would like. This shouldn't be an issue in mic'd situations however my perception is the kick and toms could be louder.



 
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steverok

Silver Member
I came to the same conclusion about the YESS system, and ended up installing a R.I.M.S. hoop on my 14" hanging tom. That one works much better now. I don't have much of a problem with the 10", but the 12" tuning does change when I mount it. I live with it, and it's not too bad. Mine seem to hold their tune quite well, but mine use the old lugs with the long chrome stripes. I bought mine used as a kick-around gig set, and for that, they do a great job, especially after I invested some extra time and money.
 
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