Yamaha RC/RA restoration.
After a tip from friend Dave Egan, I bought this kit from The Drum and Percussion Co-Op in Sydney. Turns out they were ex-hire drums from Sydney’s famous Sound Level rehearsal studios. There were actually two kits, one in a Steve Gadd type layup – 10/12/14/16/22 in deep shell sizes; and the other which was 12/13/16/22 in standard depths. These were very early 9000 series shells. Two drums had RA badges and two had RC’s. The serial number information which I got from this site put them at 1982 and 1984.
Cleaning them up was a marathon job. They were filthy and all the heads were wrecked. However the Yamaha hardware did not disappoint and there wasn’t a single issue that wasn’t solved with polish and lubrication. The bass drum hoops were another story. They had valleys in them from all the kick pedals over the years. I filled the rear hoop many times before it could be was sprayed.
This kit sounded great and really got me interested in birch drums.
But they leave in much better shape: