Been doing a fair amount of research in trying to determine how the YRC's stack up over the years. This in the case I decide to splurge on a kit in the very near future.
From what I've found, it seems the nicest vintage 80's kits (Birch/mahogany plys) bring more than the YESS 1990's/early 2000's (100% birch). The newest ones seem to bring even more slightly used. The YRC's don't look to have undergone much of change from early YESS to just a couple years ago....maintaining value better due to keeping the line stable. Sometime in the past few years they got rid of the silver rectangular/oval edged ID badges and now have more rounded/puffy squarish ones. There does seem to be a strong following for vintage 1980's RCs and even Tour Customs. Don't know if that applies to 1990's and early 2000's.
I'm completely confused on year/month letter date codes though. Dating 80's and very early 1990's is easy for YRC's and Tour Customs/RTCs. But somewhere in the early 1990's the date coding for YRC's goes out the window and remain 2 lettered....making a 1990's/2000's determination much harder. My nephew's 1999 Yamaha kit is date coded PPP. No problem there. But how do you nail down date codes for 10-15 years of YESS RC's? I see some in the 2000's with 3 letter codes that make sense. Then there are 2 letter coded YESS drums that don't make sense. For instance, what would be HJ in the YESS era? 1991? Did they leave off the leading letter 'P?' (ie PHJ). A later YRC with a code of QMN easily dates to July 2006. So there must be a transition from early 1990's to later 1990's/2000's when they stayed with 2 letter codes. I don't see how to use them. It probably doesn't matter much as the drums stayed mostly unchanged very little from approx 1992-2006. They moved away from T handle bass drum tension rods sometime in that era.
Value? No doubt condition drives YRC's. Real nice ones can bring 2X the price of "player" or scuffed up quality. But besides that, how important are matching serial numbers....ie having the same year? I'd imagine drum kits with mixed years would not be as desirable....especially if 2 or more years apart. Though in looking at single "sold" drums on Ebay any YRC rack tom seems to have no problem fetching $200+ (and even $300+) if nice. Beat up ones might only be $150 per drum. Didn't know until today that some YRC's were wrapped...and technically those aren't "customs" but recording standards. I'd prefer pretty acquered wood for a stay at home kit.
How about sizing? Standard sized/smaller rack toms would seem to be more desirable to me. They are for other makes of drums. The Xtra/power tom sizes can sometimes be a handful. I don't see a problem though with going up to 14x12, 12x10, and 10x9. As long as they aren't "square" power toms like say the Turbo Tour Customs. I played on a set of those for a few months. It was challenging to get around it with square toms atop a 22x18" kick. At least a 20x18 or 20x16 kick would give you more room for power toms.
Any thoughts or inputs on YRC's would be welcome. 1980's vs. 1990's/2000's? Pricing for a very nice, ungigged 6-7 piece shell pack including 6-1/2 or 8" wood RC snare.....$1000-$1500? Where's the best resale value and/or demand in the years of the RC line?
Edited by Tama CW, 15 March 2018 - 11:31 AM.