80's Yamaha Drums - Opinions Please

tripp2k

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Not sure if the 80s qualify as vintage so thought I'd start here.

I have 2 drumsets available locally to me, one I intend to purchase for my son.

1) Tour Series (8000 series) in bright red MIJ. Looks to be in nice bedroom use condition. 5 piece and seems to include the series 8 lug snare and some throw-away cymbals and hardware. $425

2) Power V in black with long lugs made in UK with signs of use. 4 piece with no snare but does include some Zildjian A cymbals and throw-away hardware. $625

Any opinions on which of these you would choose? Although I will need to pickup some cymbals for the first option, I'm focusing on the drum shells.
 

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Tour series was a pro line all the way and that’s a great bargain at that price. The Power V was mid line that was decent but certainly not pro. I believe they were made in the Premier factory for Yamaha.
 

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I would go for the Tour. I had a mid-80's Tour Custom. They were amazing.

BUT -- cymbals are so expensive nowadays. How many are you talking about on the power V kit and are they any good? If there's several GOOD cymbals there, it might need to be reconsidered if you need any new cymbals.
 

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Tour Series rules. Great sounding drums with lots of headroom if you want to be loud. I have a set I can't part with even though I'm playing a different kit these days. I think $425 is a great deal.
 

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Buy them both. Sell off the Power V, with the junk cymbals. I sold Yamaha drums in the 80's. The Tour series drums were/are excellent shells.
 

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I sold drums in a music store during the 80s as well, and Tour Series is the way to go. Even though I'm a true Yamaha fan, I always hated the Power V drums. They feel cheap and far below the exceptional standards we expect from Yamaha. The Power V tom sound was more like cardboard than nice wooden shells.

As has been suggested, buy the Tour Series and add in USED Zildjian A cymbals and good hardware. That will yield a lifetime drum set.

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Tour 8000 series. The Power V's have a limited resale market and are not easy to sell. The 8000's still have a decent following. And even the throw away cymbals and hardware are worth $125....you're getting 5 drums for $300. Even the most distressed 8000's bring $60-$75 per shell. Nice ones can fetch $125-$175/shell. In my mind they carry the same market weight as Tama Superstars of the 1980's. They have a lower fundamental tone than the Recording Customs and were made more for live acoustic settings. Anton Fig used a cobalt blue tour custom on David Letterman for years.

The snare drum if original should be either a color matched wood snare - or the SD 750/765 or SD295/296 snare drums. A red wood snare is pretty desirable and a $150-$250 drum on it's own. If the kit is in lacquer finish that's a tour custom, even more desirable (1985-1990). The tour series drums were wraps (1981-1990). Both have the same shells but the lacquers bring more money and have a better following. A "bed room" set of these sounds killer. The 1980's Yamaha hardware to go with such a kit is very available (red or silver label 800 series stands). In the early days of the Tour Series (1981-1984) they came with single braced 700 hardware....still rugged gear though.
 
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Pretty unanimous, I guess. I'd also take the Tours before the Power V's.
You didn't mention sizes though.
 

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Majority rule! I'll inspect the Tour series later this week. Not sure if it is wrap or laquer but, as is always the case, I'll post some pics when I get them. I'll pick up some used A's locally to mate with them and the son will be ready to roll.

Thanks everyone!
 

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You are buying these for your son?

The only kit I ever regretted selling was a Tour Custom kit.
I was originally going to give him my BCAN/Ks kit but, in the end, I couldn't do it. He's still a young semi-adult hanging around other semi-adults. He will get these where I have first right of refusal should he decide to dump them.
 

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I was originally going to give him my BCAN/Ks kit but, in the end, I couldn't do it. He's still a young semi-adult hanging around other semi-adults. He will get these where I have first right of refusal should he decide to dump them.
It's kind of like getting a first car for your kid. You won't give him your personal daily driver, but you'll get him something that's a decent runner that he might bump or scrape while gaining driving experience.
 

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