If the rod connects to the bottom of the tom holder and sits on the bottom of the shell (it is probably adjustable for shell size), that support rod was an option. Most of the time these were found on 22" or especially 24" bass drums, usually in conjunction with the big square dimensioned toms (how anyone played these is a mystery - seems you would have to be 7' tall to reach them). The idea was to provide additional structural support for those big toms, though i don't recall anyone ever relating about or having problems with heavy toms damaging the bass at the mount.hefty said:Interesting. Mine does not have a reinforcing rod. Got a pic of yours?I have a small bop kit of these 18/12/14 but they are a black lacquer, not a wrap. I have a question for you guys who have these kits, Does your bass drum have a shell reinforcing rod like the Rogers Big R kits do? Mine does and I can't seem to figure out why you'd need that in an 18" bass drum.... it's very solidly built and the 12 weighs nothing... any thoughts?
What color are they? I had a set on the same sizes that sounded amazing but weren't kept up too well and i eventually returned them. They sounded great with coated Ambs but even better( in my opinion) with Ebony Emperors.Tmart said:I just picked up a set of '82 8000's a couple months ago. 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24. Pretty beat up, but I agree with the opinions I've heard--I love these drums! I put coated Ambassadors over clears on the toms. Lots of snap and warm presence. They do have some kind of magic that does make them fun to play!
Cool. They just wanted that option. Lacquer would be the Tour Custom series, right? Great sounding drums.DWSlingerland45 said:I have a small bop kit of these 18/12/14 but they are a black lacquer, not a wrap. I have a question for you guys who have these kits, Does your bass drum have a shell reinforcing rod like the Rogers Big R kits do? Mine does and I can't seem to figure out why you'd need that in an 18" bass drum.... it's very solidly built and the 12 weighs nothing... any thoughts?
Heres my 8000, yes the pinstripes work very well on all the batter heads including the bd.I finally finished an intensive clean up on some Yamaha 8000s I got recently from a DFO member. Black wrap, 1982, 14x22, 8x12, 9x13, 16x16". The 8000's are kind of a brother of the 9000's or Recording Customs, but instead of all birch these are a birch and mahogany. The snare I got separately for super cheap-- it's a seamless steel also from the 80's. Surprisingly good sound out of it.
I've never had or played RCs but these drums are fantastic. I know some prefer 8000s to RC even. I'm still getting to know them and went with pinstripes on the toms as per what I gather RCs often like and they work great on these as well. Actually like the pinstripes on these better than the Ambassador X's I tried initially (although they were somewhat used...). Diggin' my new drums! I haven't had a new set of drums in several years.... Anyway, enjoy,
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Five years later and I still want another Yamaha 8000 set. I have an amazing 7000 Series kit so I’m still digging that Yamaha old school vibe. Even this 7000 Series kit I currently have can hand and/or surpass just about any kit. Yamaha makes some great drums.One of my all-time favorite sets! I miss the sets i had and will probably add another set in the future. These are some amazing sounding drums!
I can't tell from that pic.