YAMAHA bass drum ID help

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I bought a bass drum today off CL. I have a same size fibes that could use the rods/claws and heads...may try and sell the rest...but what is it.

Made in China, metal hoops, 24" and the model ID on the badge starts DD. I know that its a low level...just curious which level. Thanks
 

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Not enough info to ID it. No idea what "DD" is unless you misread the "BD" that normally starts off all bass drum model numbers. I've seen high end yamaha BD's that were later replaced with metal hoops. So that's not enough to consider them low end. And the high end early Yamaha kits (1977-1980) were often made in Taiwan, Republic of China....700 and 900 series.

The older Yamaha's used numbers to ID them, 300, 500, 600 (more entry levels) and then 700, 800, 900 (pro-lines). But, even the 5000 series kits are well constructed and sound darn good imo. A bass drum ID from the 5000 series would be stamped as.... BD524GA for example.
 
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https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/d/allston-yamaha-24-bass-drum/6915982259.html

Is this the one you bought? A friend of mine in the Boston area asked me about this one a few days ago. I told him it was probably a 5000 or 7000 series. The 7000 has a better shell. But it's probably a 5000. And $40 is kinda cheap for one of these. Luan/sometimes Beech shell on the 5000. The 7000 used a mix of birch/luan/camelia/agathis over the years.
 

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https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/d/allston-yamaha-24-bass-drum/6915982259.html

Is this the one you bought? A friend of mine in the Boston area asked me about this one a few days ago. I told him it was probably a 5000 or 7000 series. The 7000 has a better shell. But it's probably a 5000. And $40 is kinda cheap for one of these. Luan/sometimes Beech shell on the 5000. The 7000 used a mix of birch/luan/camelia/agathis over the years.
yeah that's the one...for me the parts were worth it...may try and flip the lugs and mount...
 

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The mount is used on all the older Yamaha's. But those lugs are mostly used on the 5000/7000 and there aren't too many of those being "restored." In fact most people strip these drums for the legs, mounts, tension rods and claws. If it's a 7000 shell that's collectible to me. The 5000 not so much.
 

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So the lugs are 5000/7000 ramp like style (not tail light)...how do you tell the difference between the 5K and 7K shell?
 

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The badge will tell you if it's a 5000 or a 7000 series. The Model number should either be BD-524 or BD-724 depending on the series. The numbers may or may not be followed by 1 or 2 letters. The serial number should be 2 letters which gives the year and month of manufacture.
 


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