Vintage MIJ Sets, Including Stencils!

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Does Yamaha count? I believe these are a 1967 D-20 set, but not sure. I bought these last October and love them. 20-12-14-14 in amazing shape.

They tune up or down quite nicely. A great contrast to my newer Yamahas and 1950's 3-ply Gretsch.


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Wow what a cool set of drums. I edited the thread title to include all vintage MIJ kits. What shells are these? Luan as well? What heads are you running?
 

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This "Dorado" (by Gretsch) partial actually has no connection to Gretsch. And are made in Japan by Hoshino Kougyou. They were considered to be on the upper end of Hoshino K's line. As the bass drum and missing snare drum are drilled for ten lugs per side, all toms are eight lugs per side. which is seldom seen
with the mounted toms.
Note the four hole hoop on the 13" resonant side standing in for a missing 8 hole. these were modified with modern 7/8" mounting hardware sometime before I found them.
 
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This is my 67 Norma kit. DFO member @Kenwood was a big help unraveling the origins of this kit. Thank you!

I did a lot of playing around and experimenting with this kit to get it to sound right, even taking it to Precision to get the wonky edges re-done! They did a great job on these thin luan shells. Even though I'm financially way underwater with this kit, it does sound really good now and it's in VGC all-around. It's a 20/13/14/14 with a matching snare 14x5.5" -
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Wow what a cool set of drums. I edited the thread title to include all vintage MIJ kits. What shells are these? Luan as well? What heads are you running?
I believe the shells are birch? They really sound very good - here's a link to a C-200 set that is similar:


Heads I'm using are all Evans - Coated G1s on top of toms and snare, clear G1s on bottom. Emad on BD batter and newer Yamaha stock BD head on front with no hole.
 

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Who doesn't love to show off our MIJ drums?!!! Here's my contribution...

My very firs set of drums was a 4pc Lyra, wrapped in an orange/gold sparkle. I had a beautiful set of Whitehall/Pearl drums, but sold them some years ago to Bermuda! I now have an early 60's Crown 3pc on display and a nice collection of 60's MIJ snare drums!

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Does Yamaha count? I believe these are a 1967 D-20 set, but not sure. I bought these last October and love them. 20-12-14-14 in amazing shape.

They tune up or down quite nicely. A great contrast to my newer Yamahas and 1950's 3-ply Gretsch.


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I always considered Yamaha in a slightly different category than your traditional stencil kit. A few notches above a typical luan MIJ kit to me but maybe I'm off.
 

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I always considered Yamaha in a slightly different category than your traditional stencil kit. A few notches above a typical luan MIJ kit to me but maybe I'm off.
Yeah, Yamaha's were never stencil kits. They weren't cheap copies of Ludwig/Slingerland/Rogers kits. They were original kits and they were made by a very highly respected company that made all kinds of fine instruments. I'm sure they were more expensive than your basic MIJ stencil kit to. So I agree with you on that.

But hey, it's nice to see MIJ Yamaha drums!
 

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My 60's Stewart kit (same as in my AV). I've had a number of vintage MIJ kits over the years, they come and go, but this kit stays. It sounds great. View attachment 493671
Nice looking kit!

I know most stencil kits are basically the same and made in the same 3 factories, but Stewart's seem to have a better reputation than most of the other MIJs out there. Maybe there was just more of them around? They seem to go for a bit more money and most everyone said they sounded pretty good.

I don't know, they just seemed pretty popular.
 

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This is my 67 Norma kit. DFO member @Kenwood was a big help unraveling the origins of this kit. Thank you!

I did a lot of playing around and experimenting with this kit to get it to sound right, even taking it to Precision to get the wonky edges re-done! They did a great job on these thin luan shells. Even though I'm financially way underwater with this kit, it does sound really good now and it's in VGC all-around. It's a 20/13/14/14 with a matching snare 14x5.5" - View attachment 493656 View attachment 493657

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Good looking kit, is there a slight discoloration in that red sparkle wrap between drums? If so, that adds even more mojo to the kit.
 

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Good looking kit, is there a slight discoloration in that red sparkle wrap between drums? If so, that adds even more mojo to the kit.
Good looking out!

The second floor tom is actually a Vibra brand that I rebranded with a Norma badge and it has a red glass wrap while the Norma kit is red sparkle. I got it for next to nothing, so I added it. Not to noticeable, I thought anyway, although you noticed it, so maybe I'm wrong! The Norma bits match nicely.
 

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Good looking out!

The second floor tom is actually a Vibra brand that I rebranded with a Norma badge and it has a red glass wrap while the Norma kit is red sparkle. I got it for next to nothing, so I added it. Not to noticeable, I thought anyway, although you noticed it, so maybe I'm wrong! The Norma bits match nicely.
Oh no I didn’t notice the second floor tom actually. The discoloration I noticed was between the bass drum and the first floor tom in the second picture, could be the lighting. I looove vintage red sparkle/glitter drums, something cool and vintagey about them.
 

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As much as i like old USA drums, i also like to restore cool drums from across the pond. They are copies but a lot of them have plenty of MOJO and sound good. Here are a few that i've had and restored over the yrs.
 

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Orange Sparkle has an Apollo bass drum, rest of kit unknown. Kit was given to me by DWSlingerland45(thanks again!)and needed some serious cleaning. (I had posted about it at the time)
The blue kit is a Pearl Modern Jazz I bought from another DF member(jccabinets!) Both sound great. Not sure why double pics.
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This is a oyster blue Lido Supreme kit by Star that was saved from the dumpster by my seller
they were missing all the resonant side parts on all the drums and were covered in paint flecks and filth.

Sizes are 22"bass 16" floor tom and twin 12" mounted toms
there was no snare but I later found a blue oyster drum that was covered in heavy rust
I changed out every bit of chrome to make a matching snare, right down to the very cool /or gaudy badges depending on your viewpoint .
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