YAMAHA Manu Katche Jr. kit MIJ

va87

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I have an opportunity to purchase one of these kits in great condition. BD, 2 toms, snare, BD riser, tom mount, FT legs. $500.
It is the MIJ version, wrapped in the brushed aluminum looking wrap.
A few questions:
Weren't these made in Sakae factory in Osaka?
Any idea of the vintage of these drums?

Any thoughts/opinions/comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
Joe
 

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I have one and love it! I do use Tight screw lugs on the toms and bass drum so I can tune lower without the key rods loosening. Not exactly sure on the year, I bought mine in mid 2000's.
 

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Seems a bit pricey to me, but then again, these MIJ ones also don’t pop up that frequently, from what I’ve seen.

I’ve got a Sakae PAC-D — basically the same thing, but cherry/mahogany shells. I love it. Very fun lots to play on. If the seller would negotiate on the asking price, I would try that.
 

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I have one and can say nothing but good things about it. The floor tom is the best of the bunch. Tunebot settings (138 Hz.batter lugs 185 Hz.reso lugs = 2nd octave A. Gives you a nice rumble. (164 Hz. Batter lugs 220 Hz. Reso lugs renders a bop sound. The Bass drum is the most finicky. I use an Aquarian SK1 batter tunebot settings 110 Hz. Smooth white reso set at 116 Hz. No port. The Sakae made shells are flawless as well as the bearing edges.
 

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I had the purple one. I think that was a Japanese model but I don’t remember. Sold it eventually but it was fine for a while. The bd riser ended up being more of a pain than just using an 18. And the rack and snare were pretty useless to me. So yeah, I sold it :)

People love these kits tho, so what do I know ?
 

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Don't know much about them, but I've been seeing this one listed on Facebook Marketplace for $550 lately.

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If they had a shallower bass drum, with regular bass drum hoops, I'd be all over it. I found the bass drum difficult to control (too much bounce).
 

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I used to have one in electric blue wrap - which was fugly! I stripped it and "rewrapped" in black galaxy glitter vinyl wrap (it was a phase back then for me!).
Yes, MIJ. Yes, by Sakae. Yes - great quality and great sound - 10 rack, 13FT, 16x16 bass, and 5x12 snare. I wanted a more traditional jazz setup (12/14/18) although it was a great little kit. I scored it for $100 in a dirty garage in Stockton on a business road trip, cleaned it up and sold it for a bit more. The bonus was I kept the 2 cymbal stands, a HH stand, a bass pedal and a broken, throne, too!

Ironically, one of my fave little kits now is my Gretsch SSB tangerine which is 12, 13FT & 16 bass!
 

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