Is this a vintage Tama snare?

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My guess is that it's an early Kawai, made by Tama. I found this snare on ebay a while back and some interesting tidbits were revealed when the Tama groups were asked about it's origin. They even said that Kawai made the Tama Techstar kits.
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If it were by some chance a Kawai, it would have had to have first been altered to be like a Tama Mastercraft with the exra holes for the roller guides on each side.
Then after doing that, someone would have had to have plugged all the holes and went back to the basic Kawai look. That seems a bit unlikely.
 
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This new Kawai evidence changes everything, your Honor .... I thought they made fishing reels ....
 
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If I could digress for just a brief second…

Did anybody else feel a tiny bit closer to needing a walker with tennis balls on its feet when the possibility of a Tama drum being vintage entered one’s mind?

Haven’t felt this old since I started hearing drum machines on the oldies station.

Carry on
 

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tennis balls on its feet ? What a great idea !!
 

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If I could digress for just a brief second…

Did anybody else feel a tiny bit closer to needing a walker with tennis balls on its feet when the possibility of a Tama drum being vintage entered one’s mind?

Haven’t felt this old since I started hearing drum machines on the oldies station.

Carry on

Not just any old drums. But Tama Superstar / Mastercrafts which along with Yamaha's 900/9000 recording series drums of the later 70's to mid-1980's.....rasied the ante for the entire drum market.
Those model lines are now 45 years old....and they still hold up well against the best made drums of today.

In the mid-1980's I considered the old Radio Kings and 1940's Ludwigs to be quite vintage....and they were at that time 45 yrs old. I bought my 1946 Ludwig standard snare in 1984....it was "only" 38 at the time....
and yet seemed "real old" to me. My Superstars that I bought new in 1984 are now 38 yrs old as well. Life marches on.
 

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I'm going to vote for neither a Tama or Kawai (never heard of those before) because the hardware is all in the wrong location compared to catalog (and reverb examples) and they didn't sell birdseye maple (which this is) just maple. Plus the rerings are the wrong size compared to Tama of that time. And bolts holding on the butt are different, so I'm thinking a Tama steel snare that donated its parts to a custom birdseye shell.
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