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    I have a Tama Imperial Star from Tama's first year production. Steel blue. The bass drum hoops are in bad shape.. rusted a bit at the bottoms. I'm wondering if these sets are worth fixing up beyond the fact it's a good instrument and if anyone know where I can get parts for it.

    I've cleaned all the hardware and shells (Counter magic works great on scuzzy shells) but the hoops look pretty bad still.

    FYI I just ebayed a Rogers Dynasonic for $260 any tips on maint?

    thanks

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    Those were nice sets in their day, I would say it is defiantly worth restoring. Just buy some maple hoops for the bass drum. It will update the look and be an easy fix.

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    Thanks... not sure how maple will look on Blue steel wrap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wr_stix View Post
    Thanks... not sure how maple will look on Blue steel wrap...
    Paint them black or a coordinating blue. Just spray paint them a then clear urethane them. Both can be purchased in a can and the results should look professional. IMO anything looks better than steel bass drum hoops! :

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    I would agree buy some wood hoops, spray paint um black, definately worth putting a little work and money into cleaning it up. You can sell, it or keep it as a back up set.
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    Thanks folks... I will keep the set as it's been a good kit all the years I played a lot and the times I just kept dribbling along. I want to get back to playing regular again and teach my younger son to play. I am interested in a new or used set like something in the Tama starclassic level.

    Ironically I had to sell my Rogers R360 white pearl set with a new (1971) Dynasonic snare to by the Tama's. I see that Rogers are collectible so I wonder what they'd be worth today?

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    oh my gosh that would be so cool if you still had that rogers, i bet it is so much

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    Yeah wr stix, I am sure you are feeling kind like, "coulda woulda shoulda on that one" man what a bummer. I had a Ludwig octa plus kit that I sold in the early eighties and they are pretty collectible too. But not as collectible as those big R Rogers kits.

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    always a good idea to restore vintage mate, they are soooooo worth it.

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    I agree, restore vintage stuff. I've seen some guys clean up chrome real nice. I don't know what they used but it looked almost new. They got rid of the rust and everything. If I find out what it was I'll repost with the info.
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    would love to see those when you get em done man.

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    You could always sand them down and take them to a place that does chroming and get them re-done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wr_stix View Post
    Thanks folks... I will keep the set as it's been a good kit all the years I played a lot and the times I just kept dribbling along. I want to get back to playing regular again and teach my younger son to play. I am interested in a new or used set like something in the Tama starclassic level.

    Ironically I had to sell my Rogers R360 white pearl set with a new (1971) Dynasonic snare to by the Tama's. What are they worth today?
    I have the same set in black. Perfect condition. Try as I may, I have never been able to find out there value.

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    2 words KEEP THEM NUFF SAID

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    Pics! We ned pics!

    • 1966 4-piece Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl
    • 2000 8-piece DW Collector's Grey Swirl
    • 2002 8-piece Pearl Masterworks GB Packer Gold
    • 2008 8-piece Tama B&B Lava Glass Glitter
    • Paiste Signature 12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22
    • Paiste Formula 602 14, 14, 16, 18, 20


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter View Post
    Pics! We ned pics!
    Here is a pic of my 1974 Tama's. The 14" FT is a Yamaha, not part of the kit.
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    Looking good man!
    "Life is backwards. Happiness isn't something you seek, it's something that finds you when you are doing the right thing." - Zone47

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    Looking good man!
    Thank you

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