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So, when Simon Phillips asks to borrow my kit for a session I don’t say no. We borrowed the second 24x18” bass drum from a friend of mine since I only have one.

Starclassic Maple Cherry Black 10”12”13”14” toms, 15”16”18” floor toms, 20” Gong drum & 24” bass drums x 2. Star Walnut 6.5x14” snare.

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So, the Gong bass is home. Was fooling around with it today. Set up with a Remo Hazy T1 head.

22” bass 12”16”18” toms 20” Gong bass 7x14” Starphonic Copper
How are you enjoying the new copper? I got mine about a month ago and it's been all over my sessions since then.

Still awaiting my new B/W kit...:toothy7:
 

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How are you enjoying the new copper? I got mine about a month ago and it's been all over my sessions since then.

Still awaiting my new B/W kit...:toothy7:
So you are recording it a lot? How is it translating?

I am seriously diggin’ it. It has such a full bodied sound. Even tuned medium high it still retains a massive “sizzly” thump when struck dead center, kinda like it’s low tuned but sings with a higher pitch closer to the edges. It feels a bit like two drums in one. Sweet!

I also love the sensitivity and articulation of ghost notes. Very buttery and sweet under the stick. It reminds me a lot of a 1920’s heavy Brass Ludwig.

First gig on Friday with it.

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So you are recording it a lot? How is it translating?

I am seriously diggin’ it. It has such a full bodied sound. Even tuned medium high it still retains a massive “sizzly” thump when struck dead center, kinda like it’s low tuned but sings with a higher pitch closer to the edges. It feels a bit like two drums in one. Sweet!

I also love the sensitivity and articulation of ghost notes. Very buttery and sweet under the stick. It reminds me a lot of a 1920’s heavy Brass Ludwig.

First gig on Friday with it.
Yeah, I've been using it on a country record I'm producing, so lots of train beats and pooped-out, mushy tuning (the exact opposite of how I generally like a snare tuned...), but it's been perfect for that. Now that the drums for it are done, I'll get it back up in a more realistic range see how that works, but even tuned that low it's just a really good feeling drum. It's also COMPLETELY different than my copper Starclassic, so no overlap between the two.
 

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Hoping these aren't a gateway drug. Bought this Club JAM demo kit as part of Dale's Tama Day sale, and Igot the Tama Classic hardware pack to match. They sound WAY better than a $279 drum kit has a right to, they look great, and they are extremely lightweight and compact. Switching to real heads makes them sound like a real kit. I suspect I'll use them for all the non-concert/listening gigs I play, and maybe even more.

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Since the photos were taken I did change the snare batter. Big difference.
 
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Hoping these aren't a gateway drug. Bought this Club JAM demo kit as part of Dale's Tama Day sale, and Igot the Tama Classic hardware pack to match. They sound WAY better than a $279 drum kit has a right to, they look great, and they are extremely lightweight and compact. Switching to real heads makes them sound like a real kit. I suspect I'll use them for all the non-concert/listening gigs I play, and maybe even more.

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Since the photos were taken I did change the snare batter. Big difference.
Wow, that’s a real cutie I must say. I’ve never laid sticks on one of those but it sure looks biz. Enjoy it Mark! (And when are you coming back to Iceland my friend?)
 

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Wow, that’s a real cutie I must say. I’ve never laid sticks on one of those but it sure looks biz. Enjoy it Mark! (And when are you coming back to Iceland my friend?)
You'd be surprised how often I think of coming back. I think I'll wait until your yellow Star kit arrives! Ha ha. I've been reading all about the Westfjords and even have this web page open on my browser. I have a couple friends who want to come with me, too. I really want to do an extended stay, and I'm hoping I can find a way to make that happen.
 

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You'd be surprised how often I think of coming back. I think I'll wait until your yellow Star kit arrives! Ha ha. I've been reading all about the Westfjords and even have this web page open on my browser. I have a couple friends who want to come with me, too. I really want to do an extended stay, and I'm hoping I can find a way to make that happen.
Would be a treat to have you over padre.

Mi casa su casa!
Mi yellow batteria su yellow batteria! ;-)
 

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I’m glad to be able to post on the Tama thread! I just picked up this Tama Granstar II kit at a pawn shop for $150! 8 ply Japanese Birch shells and they sound great! Great tone, body, sustain that I like, and so much punch. The kick drum is a real beast. Very happy with this addition! I’ll post more pics as I get them home, clean them and set them up.
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Here are a few more pics since I got them home. I just need to add a Powerstroke Blqck dot to the kit and I’m done. I love the sound of these drums. I have the 13” tuned high and it just sings.
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Last night in a tent in the countryside. Playing a birthday party.

My “ONE” kit: One bass drum, One snare drum, one cymbal, one hihat :)
First time playing on gravel. It went well.

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I’m glad to be able to post on the Tama thread! I just picked up this Tama Granstar II kit at a pawn shop for $150! 8 ply Japanese Birch shells and they sound great! Great tone, body, sustain that I like, and so much punch. The kick drum is a real beast. Very happy with this addition! I’ll post more pics as I get them home, clean them and set them up.View attachment 403695
Wow! Great find!
 

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I love the single ended ones.. My fav lug.
I like those single ended shark tooth lugs as well. I have always been partial to long lugs on kits. I have always loved the Pearl BLX/MLX/Session Elite, Premier, Yamaha Recording Custom, etc. kits that sport the long lugs and I was immediately drawn to this kit when I saw it. I’m just glad I was able to work out a deal this good on them.
 

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Hey... I finally get to add something to the Tama thread! What can you guys tell me about the time line on this snare? I know that the aluminum model was not available in the first few years, what year did Tama introduce the "beer can" shell? And I also know that the orgional badge had "made in Japan" inscribed on the tag it's self, mine has the decal inside the drum. Just looking for any dating info you guys might be able to provide.

I'm digging it so far. No idea how long I will hang on to it, but the deal was too good to pass and I though it might be a good backup to my INDe aluminum in my current show. I could see the Starphonic line really growing on me!


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