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I was wanting a smaller sized kit to record and practice on and found this locally for a good price. I had the Yamaha hardware added. It's a 16x20, 8x10, 9x12, & 12x14. Toms are the thin-ish Finetone shells and the kick is a Naturaltone. Can't say enough nice things about it. I'm personally very into the sizes and the shell combo works great. Just thought I'd add another Eames experience in case anyone is curious about these.

It really has it's own thing going but for the sake of easy comparison I'd equate the toms to being similar to earlier Yamaha RCs with more openness. Still focused but seem to breathe a bit better. They're right there with my favorite toms I've played(Tama Superstars, Yamaha RCs & Beech, Sonor Teardrop, & Rogers). The kick is incredible as well. I have a pretty heavy foot and have to consciously hold back with vintage 14x20 kicks. Maybe it's the thicker 9+mm shell or the depth but I can lay into this without it choking out.

If anyone is on the fence about these I couldn't recommend them enough to anyone that is looking for focused drums that respond to dynamics & have character. Also when I was reading about these I noticed a lot of people saying they're heavy and the Finetone shells are very far from it and may actually be some of the lighter shells I've had. The kick is the same weight as my 14x22 Rogers which has a bunch of Swivomatic stuff on it.
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I have some Eames snares, all gems. Congrats on the new kit.
 

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I had an Eames 18" floor tom with Yamaha hardware and diecast rims about a year ago. It was an absolute beast of a drum. It weighed a ton and sounded amazing.

Congrats on your new kit.
 

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Eames is local to me. Never had a full kit...just a pair of snares...really good stuff.
It seems to have a strong Northeastern connection(I realize they're made there). I got it off of a Berkeley grad that had moved to Nashville and he said his teacher there had played Eames.
 

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I have an Eames kit that I had made for me in 1992, 8x10, 9x12, 14x14, 15x15 and 16x22. I moved to them from my Recording Customs. I had them use Tour Custom hardware. Fantastic sounding drums! I just rehabbed the whole kit during the Covid lockdown and they look better than ever now. This is an old photo, lol.

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Eames are great drums. Spotted these in suburban Detroit (Grosse Pointe Blank, anyone?). Smokin’ deal.

 
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Mark @ Eames built these shells for me a year ago…all my other sets are sad.
 

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Eames are so underrated. I got to play one extensively on the road in the late 90s and loved that kit. The snare was a 15ply Master model and the kit was Naturaltone and was so musical. Maybe the best sounding birch shells out there that I've played.
 

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I was wanting a smaller sized kit to record and practice on and found this locally for a good price. I had the Yamaha hardware added. It's a 16x20, 8x10, 9x12, & 12x14. Toms are the thin-ish Finetone shells and the kick is a Naturaltone. Can't say enough nice things about it. I'm personally very into the sizes and the shell combo works great. Just thought I'd add another Eames experience in case anyone is curious about these.

It really has it's own thing going but for the sake of easy comparison I'd equate the toms to being similar to earlier Yamaha RCs with more openness. Still focused but seem to breathe a bit better. They're right there with my favorite toms I've played(Tama Superstars, Yamaha RCs & Beech, Sonor Teardrop, & Rogers). The kick is incredible as well. I have a pretty heavy foot and have to consciously hold back with vintage 14x20 kicks. Maybe it's the thicker 9+mm shell or the depth but I can lay into this without it choking out.

If anyone is on the fence about these I couldn't recommend them enough to anyone that is looking for focused drums that respond to dynamics & have character. Also when I was reading about these I noticed a lot of people saying they're heavy and the Finetone shells are very far from it and may actually be some of the lighter shells I've had. The kick is the same weight as my 14x22 Rogers which has a bunch of Swivomatic stuff on it.
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Eames are pretty great! I have a 22-18-15-13-10 that is an absolute beast. The 13 will tune down to where most drummers have a 16 tuned low and sound great without flabbing out. It's remarkable. I can actually gig with the 10 tuned to 12 range and the 13 as a floor tom, when I want to bring a smaller kit. The 18 can sound like a low-tuned timpani and the 15 is the perfect versatile drum that can sound like a 16 or 14, easily. Quite a fun kit to play.

Regarding people saying they're heavy, yeah, I wouldn't disagree. It's just that you have the Finetone (tom) shells, which are light compared to something like my Naturaltone kit.
 

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Regarding people saying they're heavy, yeah, I wouldn't disagree. It's just that you have the Finetone (tom) shells, which are light compared to something like my Naturaltone kit.

My Eames are a fraction of the weight of my Gretsch RN2 kit. THAT thing is heavy!
 

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My Eames are a fraction of the weight of my Gretsch RN2 kit. THAT thing is heavy!
Maybe so. I haven't taken my RN2 off the floor since setting it up, so I don't remember!

I remember the Phonic kit being about the same amount of effort to move around (the kicks!) as the Eames.
 


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