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    Here is a kit I just got for my son, (well he is paying for part of it)

    Yamaha Beech Custom, Made in Japan

    6 pc set:
    10x8 - WTT810 0M-5643
    12x9 - WTT812 0M-5643
    14x11 - WTT814 0M-0134
    16x13 - WTT816 0M-5657
    22x18 - WBD822 0M-5688

    Running a pork pie snare, DW5000 single chain kick, junk throne, Pearl H900 hi-hat stand and not good cymbals, 1 is 1 step up from a garbage lid lol.

    Neil Peart 10" paragon splash
    Wuhan china crash
    ZBT ride
    Paiste 302 rebrand to Percussion Plus
    Paiste 302 hi-hats rebrand to Percussion Plus
    other crash is no-name garbage can sounding

    Definitely needing to upgrade the cymbals for sure, but...money lol.

    Not sure what the year is but guessing late 90's to early 2000s? Got an excellent deal on the shell kit so it seamed a worthy upgrade for my 8yr old son.

    Any info would be great on these! thanks!

    This is a terrible iPhone recording of him playing them for the first time at lunch. He was pretty excited couldn't hardly play.
    https://soundcloud.com/user-36429101/doublebass





    Last edited by blowery; 08-22-2017 at 03:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blowery View Post
    Got an excellent deal on the shell kit so it seamed a worthy upgrade for my 8yr old son.
    8 year old son gets a kit like this? Wow! Way to go dad!

    Here's where the Yamaha Beech Custom kit falls within the Yamaha professional line drum kits from wiki:

    Yamaha Professional Line Drum Kits

    Yamaha Maple Custom

    The elder of Yamaha's Maple drums lines. The company's professed Flagship Maple Drum kit, featuring 100% Maple wood, and the "Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System" (YESS) which mounts the drum at its nodal point, a technique developed by Noble and Cooley. Maple is perhaps the most widely used wood in drum construction, rivaled only by Birch. Maple is desirable for producing a warm tone, full sustain, and outstanding projection. Toms are 7 plies thick, while the bass drums are 10, making it exceedingly heavy in the opinion of some reviewers. The series is easily recognized by the pairing of square brass lugs and steel hoops, the only of Yamaha's lines to do so.

    Yamaha Recording Custom

    The longest-running series Yamaha makes, in production for some 30 years now. A professional series of drum kits which is known as Yamaha's Flagship Birch Drum kit, featuring 100% Birch wood and YESS mounts. Birch is punchy with a low fundamental tone and short decay. Also features a large, high-mass lug that extends the length of the shell. The series features a small, rectangular badge with rounded corners.

    Yamaha Absolute Series

    Founded on the idea of creating a Maple and Birch hybrid kit (such as a Maple bass drum with Birch toms), the Absolute series debuted in the late 1990s offering a full Maple and Birch line with six identical finishes and low-mass, teardrop-shaped lugs. The series has now grown to 30 colors and finishes.

    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute

    One of two series of drum kits designed for the Absolute series of the late 1990s. The shells are 100% Maple wood and include YESS mounts. There are two major revisions from the original Maple Custom line. First, the hoops and the lugs have a consistent appearance (early MCA kits featured brass badges, while today's are chrome in line with the rest of the kit). Second, the shells are thinner (MCA bass drums are 7 plies opposed to the Maple Custom's 10, and MCA toms are 6 plies versus the Maple Custom's 7). With all other factors equal, a thinner shell will resonate longer. However, the thicker shell will have greater projection, volume, and structural integrity. Many custom drum companies install a reinforcement hoop inside shells thinner than 6 plies.

    Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute

    Identical in finish and construction to the MCA, with the exception of using Birch instead of Maple. Birch tends to have a more focused tone and higher pitch. It differs from the Recording Custom in its use of smaller mass lugs, which do not constrict the drum's resonance.

    Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute

    After the success of the MCA and BCA lines, Yamaha revamped its Beech custom line to similar specifications. Like the MCA and BCA, 30+ colors and finishes are available, and the drums come standard with YESS mounts and low mass lugs. Beech has a low fundamental like Birch, but has the projection of Maple.

    Yamaha Absolute Nouveau Series

    The offspring of the original Maple and Birch Custom Absolute series, the Nouveau designation signals a change in lug design, which for the Nouveau line does not require the removal of the tension rods in order to separate the head from the shell. Although first introduced in the Absolute Nouveau series, Yamaha has incorporated the design into its semi-professional offerings, creating the Stage Custom Nouveau. Yamaha offers the new lug design on all of its professional Absolute series, which are denoted ** Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau, ** Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau, and ** Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute Nouveau.

    Yamaha Oak Custom

    Yamaha has not only recently experimented with Beech wood, but Oak as well. The Oak custom line is not considered to be part of the Absolute series, and offers a narrower range of color and finish options (4), as well as shell sizes. Crafted from 100% Oak wood and equipped with YESS mounts, Oak is loud, powerful, and carries plenty of attack. They are less expensive than the Absolute series counterparts, but are more costly than either the Rydeen or Stage Custom lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    8 year old son gets a kit like this? Wow! Way to go dad!

    Here's where the Yamaha Beech Custom kit falls within the Yamaha professional line drum kits from wiki:

    Yamaha Professional Line Drum Kits

    Yamaha Maple Custom

    The elder of Yamaha's Maple drums lines. The company's professed Flagship Maple Drum kit, featuring 100% Maple wood, and the "Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System" (YESS) which mounts the drum at its nodal point, a technique developed by Noble and Cooley. Maple is perhaps the most widely used wood in drum construction, rivaled only by Birch. Maple is desirable for producing a warm tone, full sustain, and outstanding projection. Toms are 7 plies thick, while the bass drums are 10, making it exceedingly heavy in the opinion of some reviewers. The series is easily recognized by the pairing of square brass lugs and steel hoops, the only of Yamaha's lines to do so.

    Yamaha Recording Custom

    The longest-running series Yamaha makes, in production for some 30 years now. A professional series of drum kits which is known as Yamaha's Flagship Birch Drum kit, featuring 100% Birch wood and YESS mounts. Birch is punchy with a low fundamental tone and short decay. Also features a large, high-mass lug that extends the length of the shell. The series features a small, rectangular badge with rounded corners.

    Yamaha Absolute Series

    Founded on the idea of creating a Maple and Birch hybrid kit (such as a Maple bass drum with Birch toms), the Absolute series debuted in the late 1990s offering a full Maple and Birch line with six identical finishes and low-mass, teardrop-shaped lugs. The series has now grown to 30 colors and finishes.

    Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute

    One of two series of drum kits designed for the Absolute series of the late 1990s. The shells are 100% Maple wood and include YESS mounts. There are two major revisions from the original Maple Custom line. First, the hoops and the lugs have a consistent appearance (early MCA kits featured brass badges, while today's are chrome in line with the rest of the kit). Second, the shells are thinner (MCA bass drums are 7 plies opposed to the Maple Custom's 10, and MCA toms are 6 plies versus the Maple Custom's 7). With all other factors equal, a thinner shell will resonate longer. However, the thicker shell will have greater projection, volume, and structural integrity. Many custom drum companies install a reinforcement hoop inside shells thinner than 6 plies.

    Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute

    Identical in finish and construction to the MCA, with the exception of using Birch instead of Maple. Birch tends to have a more focused tone and higher pitch. It differs from the Recording Custom in its use of smaller mass lugs, which do not constrict the drum's resonance.

    Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute

    After the success of the MCA and BCA lines, Yamaha revamped its Beech custom line to similar specifications. Like the MCA and BCA, 30+ colors and finishes are available, and the drums come standard with YESS mounts and low mass lugs. Beech has a low fundamental like Birch, but has the projection of Maple.

    Yamaha Absolute Nouveau Series

    The offspring of the original Maple and Birch Custom Absolute series, the Nouveau designation signals a change in lug design, which for the Nouveau line does not require the removal of the tension rods in order to separate the head from the shell. Although first introduced in the Absolute Nouveau series, Yamaha has incorporated the design into its semi-professional offerings, creating the Stage Custom Nouveau. Yamaha offers the new lug design on all of its professional Absolute series, which are denoted ** Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau, ** Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau, and ** Yamaha Beech Custom Absolute Nouveau.

    Yamaha Oak Custom

    Yamaha has not only recently experimented with Beech wood, but Oak as well. The Oak custom line is not considered to be part of the Absolute series, and offers a narrower range of color and finish options (4), as well as shell sizes. Crafted from 100% Oak wood and equipped with YESS mounts, Oak is loud, powerful, and carries plenty of attack. They are less expensive than the Absolute series counterparts, but are more costly than either the Rydeen or Stage Custom lines.

    Thanks for the info! Seems hard to find info on these first Beech series. The guy we bought them from bought them new, I'm not sure the year.
    They sound great for sure, quite the upgrade

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    Dad?
    Signature here

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    The list late8 had posted doesn't actually include this specific kit.

    These Beech Customs were made in the late 90's, almost all came in this 6 piece config. There were only a few different colors, yellow, purple and this red and maybe a bright blue.

    They were a mid level kit, between the stage customs and absolute series at the time.

    Nice kit though, hard to beat yess mounts, Yamaha quality and Japanese made to boot!

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    Dang that's dad of the year stuff right there!

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    Very nice, the only kit I really regret selling was a Sonor Beech kit that just sounded fantastic. Beech is such an under rated wood for drums IMO. I would take off those ec2's and put on some coated Ambassadors or G1's..
    Ludwig Classic Maple 22x16,10x8,12x9,16x16
    Sabian HHX Legacy

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    wow Dad!!! Way to go~!
    Can't say I wouldn't do the same for my kid because I will haha
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 9pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 7pc PDP Concept Maple Classic | 5pc Sonor International | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone | 4pc Sonor Martini | 65 Snare drums and growing!

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    I recently bought a Beech Absolute (the series after this one) from 2001. Love it!!!

    Regarding when your kit was made:
    http://faq.yamaha.com/us/en/article/...sets/806/4177/

    That means OM = May 1999.

    And one of the last years of the Beech Custom as in 2001 the Beech Custom Absolute was introduced.

    The Beech Customs were a pro level kit priced out a bit too low. Thats why Yamaha chose to add it to the Absolute line later.
    Last edited by musiqman; 03-22-2018 at 01:55 PM.

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    P.s. the Dad of the year award goes to you!

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