83/84 Tama Imperialstar Kit.

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The only power sizes you could get with that kit were 12x13 and 11x12. Only other sizes in the catalog were standard 9x13 and 8x12. The other power tom sizes were 9x8, 9x10, 13x14, 14x15.

Those are 1985-1986 Tama Imperialstars based on the badge. 9 ply luan shell with a Zola coating on the interior. The upgraded Omni-lock double tom mount (lever arms) first appears in 1984.

I'm surprised the kick didn't come as a 16x22 as that's the power size that normally came with the power toms.
 

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The only power sizes you could get with that kit were 12x13 and 11x12. Only other sizes in the catalog were standard 9x13 and 8x12. The other power tom sizes were 9x8, 9x10, 13x14, 14x15.

Those are 1985-1986 Tama Imperialstars based on the badge. 9 ply luan shell with a Zola coating on the interior. The upgraded Omni-lock double tom mount (lever arms) first appears in 1984.

I'm surprised the kick didn't come as a 16x22 as that's the power size that normally came with the power toms.

Awesome! Thank you for the info.
 

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The bass drum and floor tom appear to be standard sizes of 14x22 and 16x16. The mounted toms are definitely "power" sizes! Possibly 10x12 and 11x13. I hope the OP checks back in with the sizes!

-Mark
I'll check the bass size tonight. I believe it's actually 14x22, but I'm not really sure.
 

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The only power sizes you could get with that kit were 12x13 and 11x12. Only other sizes in the catalog were standard 9x13 and 8x12. The other power tom sizes were 9x8, 9x10, 13x14, 14x15.

Those are 1985-1986 Tama Imperialstars based on the badge. 9 ply luan shell with a Zola coating on the interior. The upgraded Omni-lock double tom mount (lever arms) first appears in 1984.

I'm surprised the kick didn't come as a 16x22 as that's the power size that normally came with the power toms.
Hi TCW!

You are probably correct with those sizes. I hope the OP can check and let us know.

-Mark
 

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I have an Imperialstar kit from 1984 I believe, has the weird lugs, in standard depth toms. 14x22-13-14-16 in Midnight Blue, and yeah they sound great, and are really light.
 

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Sick kit and sick power toms! I'm sure that kit sounds incredible and is a blast to play. Old Imperialstars are some of the nicest vintage kits for the money and they seem to be incapable of being destroyed.
 

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I have a straight shell, zola coat, Imperialstar that I love. They are killer kits that sound way better than the going rate usually is for vintage drums. Good gigging kits you can take around and not be around to beat up.
 

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That tom mount post is killer
Yes. One of the best and easiest ever that Tama made. It's still my preferred Tama mount of all time. The Omni-Lock with a monster 1-1/8" wide tube.

I picked up a mint set of '83 Imps in black from a member here 2 years ago, 9x10, 11x12, 12x13, 13x14, 16x18, and 16x22. I did my best to turn it into a "bop" kit
with 10/12 mounted toms over a 14" "floor" tom. But it didn't quite work with the "hanging" 14". I ended up selling the 14 as a hanging floor tom for a friend's recording Tama "bop" kit
The 18 went to a huge double kick 80's Swingstar kit in black. And the 10,12,13 were picked up by Jason Bittner at $67 each. They were all mint. I suspect he was going to cut them down into regular sizes
and make them fit into a tribute kit he was building.
 

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I recently snagged an ‘80s-vintage Imperialstar kit in the dark red finish. It came with period correct hardware (snare, hi hat, and two straight cymbal stands). Even though I’m a Ludwig lover, this was the first kit I ever coveted as a kid, albeit in the metallic white finish. I plan to keep them forever.
 

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I recently snagged an ‘80s-vintage Imperialstar kit in the dark red finish. It came with period correct hardware (snare, hi hat, and two straight cymbal stands). Even though I’m a Ludwig lover, this was the first kit I ever coveted as a kid, albeit in the metallic white finish. I plan to keep them forever.
They are very nice drums.
 


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