There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there on the Royal Star line. Quite a few generalities that don't seem to apply across the board.
I picked up a very odd kit. It appears to be a unique Royal Star in the standard sizes. I've read the catalogues and know what is supposed to be the shell makeup.
This one doesn't follow suit.
There are no four plies of mahogany. The grain pattern follows through. It's a strange duck for sure.
Note the pictures of the bearing edges. It's definitely an odd one.
I'm familiar with Brazilian Grain kits. They were unusually darker and had some cheap mahogany core plies. Only the earliest ones were lighter and mahogany-free, evidently. This kit is a lighter one like the one in the attached catalogue link. It seems to be a one species build.
Follow this link to a picture of a catalogued kit that represents mine. 1981 and one of the only Tama cats that shows this build of Royals.
Edited by RogerSling, 09 January 2014 - 05:22 PM.