Picked this snare up recently, first Brady I've owned
What I do know:
5.5" x 14
5.5mm thick shell
Black lacquer finish on the outer shell, painted black inside.
Shell composition, year, estimated value?
Model AS876 in 1991, model number changed to CW326 in 1992 through 1994, CW326L in 1995.
Appeared in Japanese catalogs only.
Outer plies are cordia, inner plies are birch.
The Roller Action throwoff and butt end were available on certain Japanese snare drum models well into the 90's, not so here...
I recently purchased a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute, 10, 12, 14, 22, w/5.5 x 14" snare, Vintage Natural finish, excellent condition for $1500 shipped. Older version with absolute lugs and Dyna Hoops.
I think at least $2500 shipped to the right buyer is possible, especially with the 18" and 20"...
Mr. Deems passed away in 1998, here is his obituary from a British tabloid:
While not on the popularity level with Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, he was a fairly well known jazz drummer who appeared in a few films...
The maple vs. birch Superstar discussion comes up on another forum devoted exclusively to Tama drums, from an expert (not me)
" That catalogue is generally considered to be stretching the truth :)
The only maple Tamas prior to Artstar I BEM were a snare called the MEGA8 Maple, which were old...