Yamaha guys; opinion on "crossover" 14" tom

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Over the last couple of years, I have assembled a pretty solid Rock Tour Custom set-up but have a "hole" I would like to fill. I have not been able to find a 14" x 12" tom so have been considering an older Stage Custom (similar high tension lugs) as an affordable substitute. From what I know, they are similar construction without the resin outer laminate. I considered a Recording Custom, but one of those would likely cost half again as much or more than the whole kit (I've done a fair amount of horse-trading to bring the total out-of-pocket cost down a bunch), though I do have SD-098 snare.

My thought is that a Stage Custom in a 14" would not have a dramatically different tone and, as a stand-in floor tom, noticably reduced projection. I have a 16" floor tom but am trying to accomplish a smaller foot print alternative for those tighter venues.

Grasshopper here seeking wisdom...
 

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Over the last couple of years, I have assembled a pretty solid Rock Tour Custom set-up but have a "hole" I would like to fill. I have not been able to find a 14" x 12" tom so have been considering an older Stage Custom (similar high tension lugs) as an affordable substitute. From what I know, they are similar construction without the resin outer laminate. I considered a Recording Custom, but one of those would likely cost half again as much or more than the whole kit (I've done a fair amount of horse-trading to bring the total out-of-pocket cost down a bunch), though I do have SD-098 snare.

My thought is that a Stage Custom in a 14" would not have a dramatically different tone and, as a stand-in floor tom, noticably reduced projection. I have a 16" floor tom but am trying to accomplish a smaller foot print alternative for those tighter venues.

Grasshopper here seeking wisdom...
Thumper,

I certainly would consider what you're doing for my Rock Tour Custom kit.

My RTC kit is 10x10, 12x10, 14x14, 16x16. I found a refinished 8x8 Recording Custom tom that I painted black to sort of match my kit. It certainly blends pretty well, but being an 8" the tone is going to be different than a 14". I am keeping my eye open for an authentic 8" RTC drum, but in the meantime, I can play the current 8".

Do you have pictures of your kit that you can post?
 

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If you want an affordable tom, skip the recording custom and get a used Yamaha stage custom tom. Put a Remo pinstripe on the batter and perhaps a clear ambassador on the resonant and nobody will be able to tell the difference. I've owned stage customs and recording customs and to my ears they really sound the same.
 

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If you can get a similar color don't hesitate to add the Stage Custom. I've done something similar, in that i added a SC 16X16 floor and SC 20" Bass to a Birch Custom set (as I could not afford the BCA equivalents) and they truly blend in just fine. I would, however, recommend getting some Pearl feet for the floor tom legs (some of the older SC's do not have YESS mounts on the floors), and you'll be good to go.

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Thanks for the input, gentlemen - very helpful.

Converted... I'll get some pix together one day soon, will have some time this coming month as work will be "light duty" for a few weeks.
 

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Convert...

I'll throw in...

Rock Tour Custom ...Stage White...phenolic resin finish...

12x10 "power" 8 ply
13x11 "power" 8 ply
16x16 "power" 11 ply
22x18 "turbo" 11 ply
6.5 x 14 8 ply matching deep dish snare....

amazing drums...pro grade in every aspect.


Peace, Chas


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