Tama, Superstar, what can you tell me about this drum?

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I know not much about Tama. This is a local deal, seller is a guitar player, he bought these drums for his home studio, his regular drummer bought a used set also. The drummers set and the hardware from the superstars are staying in the studio, the superstar shells are going. 10, 12, 14, 22, 14 snare. Can you guys tell me anything from this Picture? Like age, shell wood, desirable, cost in good used condition, what is a fair deal?
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Appears to be the first run of the revamped Superstar series that had Birch/Poplar shells before going to an all birch shell. They sound good, look good and we’re built well. I’ve seen them sell from $300-500 depending on conditions number of drums. All birch hyperdrive versions seem to go for a bit more. They should sound great with good heads under mics. I had a set some years back that sang with clear Remo Emps.
 

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...they're not the great Superstars. I wouldn't get to excited. In my opinion 10"/12"/14"/22" isn't an ideal combination either, at least without a matching 16". Especially when that 22" is probably 18" deep and there's a 50% chance that 14" is an 11" or 12" deep mounted tom.
 

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...they're not the great Superstars. I wouldn't get to excited. In my opinion 10"/12"/14"/22" isn't an ideal combination either, at least without a matching 16". Especially when that 22" is probably 18" deep and there's a 50% chance that 14" is an 11" or 12" deep mounted tom.
Yep, it is a 22x18 with 14x12... but in spite of that (some like it and some don’t), these are well built and great sounding drums. There are many 22x18 kicks that sound great even though it is bigger than the almighty 22x14 and that 14x12 has plenty of low end for recording. A 16” should be too hard or too expensive to find either. It may not be the most exciting kit but it is still a good one.
 

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The mixed ply Birch Performers went from around 1996-2000. Then the switch to all birch on the next version from 2000-2006. That last version has the sliding tom base plate on the bass drum.
 
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The mixed ply Birch Performers went from around 1996-2000. Then the switch to all birch on the next version from 2000-2006. That last version has the sliding tom base plate on the bass drum. Here's the badge on my 2005 Performers. Mine were extremely nice in 10,12,13,14,16,22 + snare..... and I paid $600 for them (local pickup). $650-$800 seems more the going rate. The 14x11 is standard size for these. The early version might be a light brown badge. These certainly sound as good as the old superstars.

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This is a Starclassic... the OP has a Birch/Poplar Superstar... actually may be a Superstar Custom with a lacquer finish.
 
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You're right. I saw the drums and just assumed they "looked like" starclassics. Your price range above on the first superstar re-runs is what I've seen. You can buy a nice complete kit used with full hardware and Meinl cymbals for $500-$600. In my mind they are light, flimsy drums. They just feel sort of cheap. But they sound pretty darn good with the rights and "right" player.
 

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Thanks for the reply's and education guys. I'm going to pass on them, I was hoping they were something a little more special.
Really, thanks for taking your time to help me decide.
 

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I just bought this 7 piece Superstar classic new for $830. The bass drum bangs hard and the rest sounds good to. You can pick up the 5 piece for $500 new with a warranty. I own kits that cost 4 to 10 times that much and I’m having every bit as much fun playing the Tama’s.
 

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