Vintage Tama Superstar Appreciation Thread

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I always lived that aquamarine color followed by the cherry and candy apple red.
 

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I picked up this roached 12-13-16-24 setup (no rerings) and have sofar cleaned up all of the hardware, replaced some missing kick lugs and claws.. and put the 8x12 back together.
I’m on the fence as to whether i want to get into trying to repair the gouges in the top of that bass drum, but I do want to remove the bent badges and flatten them
 

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I had an 8x14 Super Mahogany snare drum. It was my first “new” snare drum I bought, that was back in 1983. I sold it around 1986 when I was in college and needed money.

My second Superstar was in white. A 6.5x14 around 1988. They were blowing these out for $200 listing them as the last of the Superstars . Unfortunately I was selling a Tama Granstar Custom in white and the guy noticed my Superstar snare in the corner. He wouldn’t buy the Granstars w/o that snare. So I told him it’s not for sale unless you throw another $400 on the table. So he did. DOH!

I never got a Superstar Kit although I had been drooling on them since 1978 with the catalog that has Cobham on the cover with 3 bass drums.

I’m still looking for that aqua marine kit!
 

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Just sold these a week ago and the guy sent me this photo of them ready for action. 13,14,18,2x24
Doubt I would have let them go if they were instead Super Maple.
 

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A couple months back I was considering this mint monster concert tom kit in Super Mahogany - 13,14,15,16,18,20,22,22 + cymbals + hardware. The price was right. You don't see 18/20 inch floor tom combo's very often. Had to pass on logistics of bringing it back and fitting it in all in one trip. I'm sure the new owner is happy.
 

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I picked up an 80's 6.5 " steel Mastercraft snare yesterday . No internal dampener , but otherwise factory complete for $ 175 . I had one back in the 90's but foolishly traded it . This one stays .

12 ply Superstar 22x14 , if not the best then one of the top two bass drums I've ever owned, and I've had lots .
 

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So the plan was to rehab this kit best as possible and flip it for a profit.. but I always wanted a supermaple kit and sort of changed my plan.. and then fell into this set of matching concert toms which I’m going to have to wait a while to get in my actual hands... but this will be cool.
I suppose I can configure the set as a Phil Collins style (albeit without his signature 20” bassdrum) full CT kit, or set it up as a standard 5 piece, or the 5 piece with some small concert toms for added accents ‍♂

Edit: I backed out of the CT deal. They were odd sizes, 6" through 16". ... But missing the 12 and the 13. They seemed to have a satin finish while mine were glossy, too
 

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This thread is giving me major Superstar GAS. I had (and stupidly sold) a set a few years back, and that was one of the two best sounding kits I've had. The other one being a Cleveland Rogers, which I also stupidly sold.
The bass drum, especially, was in a league of it's own. 2 coated Ambassadors, 2 felt strips, tuned high(!). BOOM!





 

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I’m beginning to feel the pangs of envy ... dang those are freekin stunning!
I LOVE your kits!
So grateful you are willing to share. It means a lot to me, for one.
 

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I’m beginning to feel the pangs of envy ... dang those are freekin stunning!
I LOVE your kits!
So grateful you are willing to share. It means a lot to me, for one.
Thanks for the very kind words buddy! People like you make it all worth sharing.
 

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