Vintage (80's) Tama Superstar questions...

Tama CW

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Doesn't the 84 at the beginning of the serial number mean it was made in 1984? I know that's how the imperialstars were numbered. (I have both 83s and pre-serial, 75ish I believe. )
Yes. 82, 83 and 84 are like that. I've never seen an 85-xxxx or 86-xxxx. And don't ever recall seeing yrs used before 82-xxxx either. The first few years (76-79) seem to be 5 digits (9XXXX for example). Then they increased to 6 digits (beginning with a 1XXXXX) during the 79-81 period. In 1985-86 it became 8 digits (1XXXXXXX). So 3 basic time periods on the badges, pre-year (76-81), year (82,83,84), and post year (85-86).

This is only based on what I've seen studying badges on line and drums I've owned or seen in person. There may be other nuances I'm missing. The straight "T" on the badge dates it in the 1976-1984 period or so. By 1985-1986 they are tilted "T's". 1984 or very early 1985 seems to be transition.
 
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Question on the Freedom lugs, are the lugs for the 6.5" shelled snares the same as the lugs used on the 8" shells? Just longer tension rods?
 

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Question on the Freedom lugs, are the lugs for the 6.5" shelled snares the same as the lugs used on the 8" shells? Just longer tension rods?
Although freedom lugs appeared in the "Post-Superstar-Era", it´s pretty much the way you expected.
Best comparison can be found here, where different depth shown:
Tama 1988 Snare Drum catalogue, page 16-17

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Cherry Wine Artstar Freedom Lug AW216. Extended wires + rollers. Triple flanged mighty hoops. Original snare wires and tension tape. I'm surprised these were only offered in B, W, CW, and Chrome.

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