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  1. #26

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    As you might know from the Show Us Your Drums thread, we went with the Brushed Metallic Black w/ Black Hardware. One it was all they had in stock, and two we like the look.

    That's a sweet finish on yours. For my son, I was glad we got wrapped drums. Don't want him worrying too much about them (he's almost 14), particularly with his 5 year old sister playing them occasionally.

    Personally I loved the stained and lacquered finishes, they just make the drums looks special, like a nice guitar finish.
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    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

  2. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Redneck View Post
    The only difference is the finishes. The Customs are all lacquer finishes.

    I took my Superstars with the stock heads, right from Bellone's and put them right on stage at one of the biggest C&W clubs in Toronto. The Tech told me it was the best sounding kit he had in 6 months and Emmerson Drive played there the weekend before us.
    NR, the other thing that is really nice about the short tom depth that was a pleasant surprise is how easy tom placement is. They can sit almost flat, whereas mine have to be fairly tall and titled because of BD mount and tom depth.
    Jesse

    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

  3. #28

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    can anybody put in order of expensive>cheap the tama models?

  4. #29

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    Imperialstar
    Superstar
    Starclassic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Redneck View Post
    Imperialstar
    Superstar
    Starclassic
    thnx!!!

  6. #31

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    Okay in my quest to avoid buying a new set but getting a nice 2nd set I've found a few things. One is this Tama Swingstar 4 piece for $280.

    http://www.daddys.com/used/?itemnumber=TAM7499

    Thoughts?
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    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

  7. #32

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    Nice little kit.

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  9. #34

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    For $280, how could you go wrong?
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    Well in comparison, they also have a Mapex Mars Pro for $299 and it's a 5 piece shell kit. Although it's looking better in terms of actually getting something new, seems that the Mapex might be a "higher end" kit than the Swingstar.

    I think I had a Swingstar around 1990 that I used as a 2nd kit. If memory serves it was about $700 with hardware, and I left it set up to practice and my Crestar's stayed packed for shows. Does that sound like the right vintage, or maybe they were Rockstar's? I do remember that there were definitely lower end than my Crestar kit.
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    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    Just looked on the Tama Catalog site and from the catalogs it looks like it must have been a Rockstar. Swingstar's were gone by then.
    Jesse

    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    I miss my Rockstar kit, it was the first brand new kit i bought back in 99' and i rocked them hard until May of 08.

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  13. #38

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    That was a nice blue color, too, Beave!
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    Yep, the good ole' Midnight Blue. I really wish i would have just kept this kit, i bought the Mapex though and i dont have room to have them both set up so i decided to sell it.
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    Since my kit is now complete, here's the bubes.


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    Don't have these now, but I played I Superstar in Mahogony finish from 88-92(12,13,16,22) then sold them (huge mistake) and bought a Grandstar in Dark Blue (10,12,13,14,16,22) that I had until around 2000, when I went with another brand. Both these kits sounded amazing. I kept the pedal that came with the Grandstar and still use it.
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    Bish, did you win lotto or something? You have so many nice kits. Those are sweet! Check out those shiny cymbals!

    SR, I'm still rocking Tama Crestars from 1987. They are a little beat up in the finish, and I contemplated selling them and getting a new Mapex kit, but others helped me see the error of my ways. Now I'm just hoping to add a Mapex kit as a 2nd kit.
    Jesse

    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    So as many know I had a bit of a mid-life crisis with my drums over the last week or two. Neglecting to look at the badges, I couldn't remember if they were Granstar Customs or Crestars. I figured out they were Crestars from the badge, but the catalog photos showing a white wood snare threw me off. Some chalked it up to varying configs back in those days.

    Well, lo and behold, Fedr comments on a pic in my profile and what do I notice for the first time ever? A white wood snare. Apparently it was the original snare for the kit. I must have replaced it with a metal snare at some point. I'm guessing that when I sold my Rockstar's I had as a practice kit, I sold them with the Crestar snare, and kept the Rockstar metal snare. Or the white snare got damaged, but I don't recall that.

    Oh well, I was probably left with the lesser of the 2 snares, and I'm playing a 5.5x14 Metalworks right now anyway.

    On the note of the metalworks, I like it a lot, but I'm leaning towards a wood snare. Can someone give me the rundown. Given that I'm looking to get a Mapex 2nd kit, I can always use the snare for that, but I'm contemplating getting another wood snare as well. What's the biggest difference between wood and metal?

    I know the generic, wood is warmer, metal is louder, I'm looking for something more specific.
    Jesse

    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Since my kit is now complete, here's the bubes.


    Bish, I bet you thought no one would notice that there's Remo Pinstripes upside down on the 10" and 12" toms. What's up with that?
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    Just thought that was something weird with the hoops on that set. I noticed it looked strange as well.
    Jesse

    1986 Tama Crestar - Lacquered Piano White
    2016 Roland TD-25K
    2015 Tama Starclassic B/B - Indigo Blue Sparkle

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkennedy View Post
    Bish, I bet you thought no one would notice that there's Remo Pinstripes upside down on the 10" and 12" toms. What's up with that?
    Good EYE!!!!

    Yes, they are there. That's how I play them. You should hear them thud.

    I think out of the box alot and that one was something I was trying. I really like the sound I get from that effect.
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    I am a fan off tama. Great sounding kits! I don't have one tho lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEPULTURA View Post
    I am a fan off tama. Great sounding kits! I don't have one tho lol
    Welcome to Drum Chat, SEPULTURA!

    There's always time to "get" one.
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    Bish,

    Those simply fantastic!

    I love the way you have the toms set up. That is how I set up a 5 piece as well. It is so easy to move between the snare and the toms.
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    nice kit!!!

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