Help dating older Yamaha recording custom

Rich K.

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I've been asked to try and broker a cool set of Yamaha recording custom. It seems all the links to the Yamaha dating sites don't work anymore.

Trying to confirm date and model number for the listing.

Pretty sure they're late '80s Power Recording customs.

The model number on one of the toms is
TT912 RF (which I'm guessing is 12" 9000 series power recording custom)

The serial number on that drum is PP-7430
 

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Here is how you can find out the age of the Yamaha drums according to Yamaha's Jim Haler:

1980-1989: The first letter in the serial number indicates the year of manufacture; the second letter is the month.
Example: OL = 1988/May, OM= 1988/June. • Indicates research model or first run in production

H I J K L M N O P Q S X Y Z
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 • 10 11 12

1990-Present: Drums are coded with three-letter prefix on the serial numbers. The first two letters indicate year, the third letter indicates the month (1=Jan, 2=February, etc.).
Example: PPI=February 1999(PP=Feb. I=Feb)

1 = H
2 =I
3 = J
4 = K
5 = L
6 = M
7 = N
8 = O
9 = P
10 = X
11 = Y
12 = Z
00 = Q

I've found this to be as accurate as any dating system when it comes to Yamaha drums.
It is spot on with my 90s Maple Customs.

If we pull this logic into the 70s, your drums serial number states September 1979, but I don't know if the same logic applies to 70s drums.
Best guess I have
 
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Sorry, you said Late 80s. I was thinking early 9000s.
Sept 89 sounds right.
 


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