Is 1981 vintage?

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Nice kit! I thought vintage was 70's or earlier. But I don't know, maybe that is vintage for kids born in the 90's or later.
 

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My 1981 Tama Superstar. I am the original owner and gig with this any time we get a show without a backline.
According to this formula, anything that's from 2000 or older is already considered vintage. I glanced through other articles on the subject and they all seem to agree. Some say 25 years old or more. Your Tama's are 39 years old so they definitely fall under the vintage category:

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Welcome to the forum. There's also a running Tama Superstar only thread you can post your kit along with all the others of the past several years. Great kit there. That certainly wasn't the "norm" in 1981. Nicely done.

Yes, the iconic Tama Superstars (1976-1986) are vintage imo.....basically 40 yrs old. Tama took over the 1980's.....and Superstars were the flagship model. Fewer and fewer unmolested, one owner kits out there. The flippers get their hands on these and most part them out. Good thing you got yours in 1981 (std sizes).....before everyone was demanding power (Xtra) sizes.

Tama's introduction of the Superstar in 1976/77 were 4 ply with re-rings. Certainly copying the Slingerland and Rogers of the earlier 70's. And then by 1978 they switched to 6 ply shells and no re-rings .....sort of copying the same shift that Slingerland, Rogers, and Ludwig all did around the 1977-1979 time frame. And we'd call those USA made drums "vintage" now as well.

My state hands out "classic" license plates for cars only 20 yrs old. That meant something back in 1990-1995 then the classic muscle cars were exceeding 20 yrs. These days, hard to figure a 2000 Pontiac Firebird as "vintage."

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In the case of your TAMAS I'd say vintage .
 

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I would say that a Tama kit from 1981 is vintage, but I wouldn't say that a Ludwig kit from 1981 is. My reasoning is that in 1981 Tama was still getting established in the USA and thus there were not nearly as many kits around, whereas Ludwig had been already been building drums here for around 60 years. When I think of vintage drums I don't just think of age, I think of rarity as well. That doesn't really fit the dictionary definition of vintage, but I think it could work for drums. It could be just me.
 

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That kit is amazing..... My take on your question is this. It depends on your viewpoint and brand of drums I believe. I'm not sure Ludwig Enthusiasts / Collectors or Gretsch and Rogers guys would consider the early 80:s vintage BUT since your Tamas are almost the beginning of the line I'd say absolutely they are ... I believe they didn' t even appear till 78-79 although I may be off on that date. Welcome, and let's see some more pictures of that set-up please!
 

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Per the Tama catalogs, 1977 is the first year one sees Superstars. Finishes offered were super maple (natural), walnut, and platina wrap. If there's a '76 catalog I haven't run across it. Custom mahogany was offered in 1978 but didn't last long, being soon replaced by the more glossy Super Mahogany. By 1980 you could also get sunburst, aqua-marine....which also didn't last that long as choices. Cherry wine was introduced in the 1982/83 catalog.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. The snare is a 5 1/2 14 Ludwig. No idea of the age.

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I also add a 14" prototype Roto that I bought from the Valley Drum Shop in the early 70's. When I bought it they told me the only other people who had them were Danny Seraphine and whoever was playing percussion for Santana at the time.

 

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And one more pic from when they were new. I lived in a house five other guys and sometimes girlfriends where we made up three different bands that played in the living room at all hours of the day and night.

 

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8,10 toms and 18,20 floor toms is awesome. Or is that 20/22 inch bass drums with 18 floor tom? Either way, very cool.
 

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Oh no! Really? 1981 is now Vintage?
Please say it ain't so. :(
Anyway, that's a nice kit Chris. You should be proud. -b

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