Have any pictures? All of the Japanese manufacturers had been using Luan for their entire shells. The Re-rings were pine or some other softwood. Star started taking the drum business more seriously and stepped up their game. Adding inner plies of Birch to their existing shells using plied Re-rings was a logical next step. That's the part everyone sees and it looks a lot better than the vertical grain luan that everyone associated with cheap, Japanese drums. On top of this the later Imperialstar drums with the zolacoat finish on the inside were all Luan. Now could their be another ply or two of Birch in there? Sure, but from what I have seen the bulk of the shells were made from Luan just dressed up with a Birch ply.An outer ply of luan doesn't signify the shell makeup as "mostly Luan"
Again, I owned a set of these same shells, please see my posts above.
Only one snapshot from long ago, and it only shows the drums set-up onstage with no interior views.Have any pictures?
There is no need to remove the copper wrap. That outer ply on your drum is Luan. I can spot Luan a mile away. I actually just finished a low budget conversion of a MIJ bass drum into a gong drum so I have been looking at it for the past few days.Thank you for your mail and your answer in this feed Ralf. I would like to say thanks to all of you who are writing your thoughts here.
About the wooden layers... I’m not sure I want to take the copper metal wrap of my drums Haha!
They are stunning and very well built and so far I’m glad for all I’ve learned about the kit in the last two days
Hello Ralf, I base my assertion about the Luan in at least the two pictures that I have posted based on my knowledge of wood and vintage USA and MIJ drums.Hello Gentlemen,
Glad that member EvEnStEvEn gave me hint to this thread - thank you. I've already answered BeatMachine's request to my web site's email.
The discussion above contains information, and some of it with crosslinks either to my web site (www.star-drums.de) or to my Star catalog, which is on my web site, too, or can be found here: www.drumarchive.com/Star
I'm glad that Star, or - in this case - the earliest Tama drums, find so much interest. Indeed, they are excellent craftsmanship, beyond the radar of most of us, as they are so rare - and Tama didn't repeat the shell construction lateron at any other series again.
Now, coming to the essential point of the wooden layers. I've talked to local carpenters and most probably, their inner layer is Birch.
In between maybe Mahogany, they stated. But the outer ply ... - I'm really not sure about this. Here are two photos from 'stripped' Royal Star shells, which mates have sent me in the past years. Maybe someone can identify what Star has used there ... ?
I would also be eager to learn, from where member 'thin shell' took the information that the layers in between are definitely Luan?
As this specific shell construction is totally different. From what Star had manufactured before and Tama, after the time of shells with 'Perfect Percussion' badges.
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