Tama 80’s Bell Brass replica

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Just put this together, a Tama 1980’s Bell Brass replica. Duluth shell that I treated to pre-age it. Nice patina and it dries the sound just a bit. Parts came from a 1984 Mastercraft steel shell drum.
Sounds amazing and better than I dared to hope. Killer drum.

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So....... it's not a Tama drum and you put a Tama badge on it. I'm not the drum police, just wondering why.
 

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Super job!!! They DO make a great shell at Duluth! The patina looks great! Good looking replica!
 
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That is fantastic! What an attention to detail. Very impressed.
 

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So....... it's not a Tama drum and you put a Tama badge on it. I'm not the drum police, just wondering why.
It’s a tribute/replica drum. Been wanting one in this exact configuration since the 90’s. These days, the originals sell for north of $7000 so most likely I’m never going to own one. There is just something about how it sounds with all the parts combined; the shell and this particular hardware.

The drum is willingly not “correct” in that it has an Imperialstar badge instead of Superstar badge (all the originals have a Superstar badge) and it has a sticker on the inside stating it’s a Duluth shell and assembled by me in 2021. It will also be engraved inside with that same info. So, it’s not going to be passed as an original after my day.
 

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What is the sound difference to you between the Gretsch BB?
It’s very close in richness, character and overall sound. I’d say this one is a bit more robust and crunchy. It’s closer sounding to the original and I think it has to do with the snare mechanism and how the snares respond.
 

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Duluth is 3.4mm thick and I believe Tama is 3.0mm.
 


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