I have been using the Tama Classic series tom stand since they came out , and there is really no issues to report whatsoever . No choking , lightweight , easy to position . Just a no brainer folks . It also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg .
I have come full circle back to Gretsch last year after owning a variety of different brands .
I was like the OP in that Tama was never on my radar until recently , not that noted Tama FanBoy Murat has not tried . Finally I started with a new band that required me to buy a drum set with some...
Seppo at TRS Custom Drums is the authorized Gretsch repair Depot for Canada and he is 5 minutes drive from my house . I have seen him repair far worse issues with finishes on Gretsch kits than the OP has experienced.
Recently he had a walnut lacquer kit come in that looked like the person had...
Best bet would be to look for a used kit - maybe a Tama Starclassic maple or Birch/Bubinga or Walnut/Birch ; another option would be the Gretsch Renown . There are a ton of these different kits out there and they made wrap versions of the Tama if you insist on a wrap .
The Dimensions are my favourite b8 alloy cymbal Paiste has ever made . I had a full set of them back when they were current . Not exactly sure why I sold them because I really liked them . I have been buying a few lately to make amends .
I came late to the game with the JC stick . I loved it for my Big Band gigs . I donated two large shopping bags if lightly used Regal Tip sticks just before Regal Tip went dark to a local high school . Wish I had kept them , oh well the kids appreciate them .
Still working on Gary Chester’s New Breed, what a great book and system . It really makes me think and concentrate . Maybe the most challenging thing I have found to date other than studying polyrhythms with Peter Magadini .
There are times I miss the days when I owned just one drum kit . When I first joined Harry Cangany’s DCI forum I had one drum set . I was shocked and awed that so many drummers owned more than one kit . I became one of those drummers with multiple kits . There are days when I just feel like...