These are an amazing drum kit. From Carter Beauford, to Steve Gadd, these drums have been played by some of the best in the industry and upon hearing and playing them, it's easy to understand why. Beautifully made, exquisite sounding and versatile in so many different musical contexts. Sadly however, these drums have now been discontinued since Yamaha moved their production out of Japan. From the Yamaha website; "For over 30 years, the Recording Custom has set a benchmark for excellence. Possibly the most recorded drum in history, it has enjoyed an unparalleled history of success and innovation. Although trends come and go, the Recording Custom, with its birch shells and pristine interior and exterior finish, delivers a sound the seems "pre-EQ-ed", perfect for studio or multi-miking in any situation. Unmiked, it will hold its own-with power and tone to spare."
My dad bought these in 1987 and bought the Hot Red version. He also had a 10" rack tom built for them and has used them since. He gave them to me about 5 years ago and I've been using them since. Great drums, great sound, great reputation. What more could you ask for?