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  • Tama Starclassic Birch

    3 30.00%
  • Tama starclassic Birch Bubinga

    6 60.00%
  • Save money and get the Yamaha or Mapex Birch kit

    1 10.00%
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Thread: All you Tama guys, SC Birch or B/B

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    Default All you Tama guys, SC Birch or B/B

    If you have owned both or heard played both in person which do you think is the better sounding kit? Is the type of Birch in the SC the same type used in the B/B? Does the Bubinga make it sound better? I know the difference is probably small but I would like to hear opinions on it.
    Crush Sublime Birch

    Ludwig Classic Maple (IN UTERO)

    Sabian HHX 21" ride and AAX crashes, Zildjian 14" K hybrid hats

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    i've always wanted a Japanese SC Birch. The two that i've played I regret not buying. I've owned a B/B, but I prefer the Birch.
    Too Much Stuff.

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    My biased opinion. B/B without question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    My biased opinion. B/B without question.
    you ever played or heard the SC birch in person?
    Crush Sublime Birch

    Ludwig Classic Maple (IN UTERO)

    Sabian HHX 21" ride and AAX crashes, Zildjian 14" K hybrid hats

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    you ever played or heard the SC birch in person?
    Not the Star Classic but I have had two TAMA Silverstar birch and a Mapex Mbirch kit years ago. I like the sound of birch drums. The bubinga just put the low end punch into it.

    With Star Classics, you get higher end hardware and possibly a nicer finish depending on your taste. Personally you can't lose either way. The B/B is just my opinion from my experiences.
    Last edited by Bish; 11-03-2016 at 05:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Not the Star Classic but I have had two TAMA Silverstar birch and a Mapex Mbirch kit years ago. I like the sound of birch drums. The bubinga just put the low end punch into it.

    With Star Classics, you get higher end hardware and possibly a nicer finish depending on your taste. Personally you can't lose either way. The B/B is just my opinion from my experiences.
    I doubt the grades of Birch are the same but there is probably know way of finding that out
    Crush Sublime Birch

    Ludwig Classic Maple (IN UTERO)

    Sabian HHX 21" ride and AAX crashes, Zildjian 14" K hybrid hats

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    I doubt the grades of Birch are the same but there is probably know way of finding that out
    Have you checked the TAMA website to see of they list the types of birch being used? You know how maple can be several different flavors.

    I surmise the differences if any would so minuscule it's not going to be an issue when you put the kit on stage and mix it with other instruments. Either way, birch makes the cut, IMHO.
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    I voted save your money and get a set of Pearls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl MCX Man View Post
    I voted save your money and get a set of Pearls
    I did not see that one coming
    Crush Sublime Birch

    Ludwig Classic Maple (IN UTERO)

    Sabian HHX 21" ride and AAX crashes, Zildjian 14" K hybrid hats

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    My biased opinion. B/B without question.
    +1000

    Never owned SC Birch, but do own Crestars, and have owned recent Superstar Birch (among a few other kits).

    So far I've yet to find a kit I like the sound of as much as my B/B's.

    In addition, the hardware is nicer on the newer kits IMHO. I don't like the old Black starcast mounts.
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    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    I currently own a MIJ Starclassic Birch, and a Starclassic B/B. In my opinion, I like the B/B a little bit more because it has more lows than the Birch. But the kick on the Birch has more punch. I like the snare of the Birch more than the B/B, because it has more crack. Hope this helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 501208 View Post
    I currently own a MIJ Starclassic Birch, and a Starclassic B/B. In my opinion, I like the B/B a little bit more because it has more lows than the Birch. But the kick on the Birch has more punch. I like the snare of the Birch more than the B/B, because it has more crack. Hope this helped.
    So the most important parts of the kit you prefer the Birch version as opposed to the B/B? Sounds to me like you prefer the birch kit over the b/b.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpatzST View Post
    So the most important parts of the kit you prefer the Birch version as opposed to the B/B? Sounds to me like you prefer the birch kit over the b/b.
    Well I'll be!!!!!!!!!! . Birch snare, and kick. B/B toms.

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    Took a couple lessons with Kenny Aronoff. Talked about tuning, to maximise my SC Birch set compared to the newer B/B. His opinion was heads would make of a difference in sound, then B/B vs birch drums. Didn't think you could hear a difference. He plays the B/B, tho. Have seen him play a vintage birch Superstar......

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    I have played them all from Birch to Maple to bubinga to B/B. Between Birch and B/B, my preference is the 100% birch. When I played them side by side, the two plies of bubinga didn't change the tone as much as some like to believe. They sounded remarkably similar and I could still get great depth from the birch version plus I like the decay of the all Birch Made in Japan versions better. I am more partial to the 100% maple and Birch Starclassic kits. They all sound fantastic and you can't go wrong either way but I wouldn't say that one is better than the other.
    -Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga (10x8, 12x9, 14x12, 16x14, 22x18)
    -Pearl Masters Studio (10x9, 12x9, 13x10, 16x16 & 2 22x18 kicks)
    -Pearl Mixed Series kit (8x7, 10x8, 15x13, 20x14)
    -Brady Jarrah Ply 8x14
    -HHG Purpleheart/Cherry Stave 7x14
    -HHG Red Birch Stave 7x14
    -Pearl Custom Classic 6.5x14
    -Pearl Reference 6.5x14 (20 ply)
    -Pearl Reference 6.5x13 (20 ply)
    -Pearl Masters MCX 5.5x14
    -Pearl Steel (Pre-Sensitone) 6.5x14
    -Yamaha SD4105 (Seamless Brass)
    -Ludwig Supraphonic 5x14
    -Ayotte Stainless Steel 5.5x14
    -Gretsch Full Range Maple 5.5x14
    -Premier (African Mahogany with Beech Re-rings) 8x14
    -Remo Bravo II 5.5x14
    -Meinl Custom Classics Dark
    -Paiste 2002, 602,

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