Tama StarClassic Drum Series – Part 2/2

Tama StarClassic Maple - Molten Satin Brown Burst. © Tama Drums

Tama StarClassic Maple – Molten Satin Brown Burst.
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Tama Starclassic Maple

Both rack and floor tom shells are made with 6 maple plies and a total of 5 mm. in thickness. We find also 8 layers of 7 mm. in the bassdrum. One of Tama’s secrets on how they get so much stiffness in shells that thin is the cross-lamination of the wood. In Tama’s StarClassic Maple catalog we can choose between several depht measures on every shell.

The sound is one of the best you’ll get from maple. Good volume, great definition and a correct sustain. The bass drum has a deep “punch” and sounds better with medium-low tuning.

Starclassic Maple drumkits usually come with no snare drum, but you can add it to your hardware pack.

 

Left: Tama StarClassic Performer B/B - Dark Cherry Fade. Right: Tama StarClassic Performer B/B Vintage Marine Pearl. © Tama Drums

Left: Tama StarClassic Performer B/B – Dark Cherry Fade.
Right: Tama StarClassic Performer B/B – Vintage Marine Pearl.
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Tama Starclassic Performer B/B (Birch / Bubinga)

Both rack and floor tom shells are made with 4 plies of birch and 3 inner plies of bubinga, with a total thickness of 6 mm. For the bassdrum, that’s 5 layers of birch and 3 internal of bubinga, that make 8 mm. With this kit, Tama takes advantage of all these years of experience and research with bubinga. The idea is to combine birch’s great attack and bubinga’s deep low tones. Of course, the use of birch allows the price of the Tama Starclassic Performer to be slightly lower than the rest of the StarClassic pack.

Bear in mind that, to keep the price under reasonable limits, Tama offers -not only in the StarClassic Performer- packs with pretty thin shells. For example, it is usual to see 14″x12″ or 16″x14″ floor toms. Their sound is excellent, but you need to be aware of the sound you’re looking for. A Jazz drummer will have no problem with shallow shells, but a Rock drummer will need more depht to obtain more low-end.

The sound of the Tama Starclassic Performer B/B is also excellent, with immediate attack and a good response. It is more of a dry, very defined sound with a tone much darker than the one from maple.

 

Tama StarClassic Bubinga - Silver Snow Racing Stripe. © Tama Drums

Tama StarClassic Bubinga – Silver Snow Racing Stripe.
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Tama Starclassic Bubinga

All StarClassic Bubinga shells are made with 9 plies of bubinga wood. Rack and floor toms are 6 mm. thick and bassdrum is 7 mm. Bubinga wood is slightly more than 50% denser than maple or birch. This gives it some special properties, such as great attack and a very deep sound, specially in low tones. Tama has many years of experience with this african wood, in fact they were the first to put a drumset made only from bubinga on sale.

Tama has been gradually relocating the StarClassic Series production lines from Japan to China, and this has also affected the StarClassic Bubinga. The difference in production cost between the two countries arise to $800 per unit, and even more in the case of the exclusive Bubinga Elite. Again, bear in mind that these drums are sold as shell packs with no snare drum and in sizes that can be very shallow. However, one can choose between a lot of sizes when placing an order.

Tama Starclassic Bubinga drums produce a fat, deep sound with an immediate attack and a dry, definite note. One of the best sounds you can find anywhere.

 

Tama StarClassic Bubinga Omni-Tune - Piano Black © Tama Drums

Tama StarClassic Bubinga Omni-Tune – Piano Black
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Tama Starclassic Bubinga Omni-Tune

In this case, we have 9 plies of bubinga but thickness is 7 mm. and 8 mm for the bassdrum.

The main feature of the StarClassic Bubinga Omni-Tune is a modern upgrade of the Omni-Tune, a tuning system created in 1930 by William David Gladstone. By using a special key, the drummer can tune both drumheads at the same time. Tama has managed to put this system in all drums, including the bassdrum. This is a clever system that allows for a fast and precise tuning in professional environments.

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Carles Goodvalley (200 Posts)

My name is Carles and I am from Barcelona. I play drums since I was 14 but no continuosly or as a professional. For several years, I have been trying to acquire knowledge not only about "how to play" but in various aspects of the drumming world such as materials, techniques, styles, influences, characters and important records, drummers that have left their mark and all kinds of data regarding our instrument. I've played with differents bands and styles, mainly Pop/Rock and Progressive Metal.


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