PDP Platinum vs. Tama SCP B/B

shadewind

Junior Member
I have been aiming to get myself a Staclassic Performer B/B kit with sizes 12" and 16" toms and a 24". Unfortunately, there are no such shell packs available so it's probably gonna end up being kind of expensive and the wait quite long.

On the other hand, the local music store where I live has a PDP Platinum kit with 12", 16", 18" toms and a 24" kick. According to the drum guy (which I personally know to be a good and knowledgable guy), he thinks the maple shells would be a bit more allround for me and as it has a bit more mid range to work with when it comes to head choices and so on.

The Tama seems to have a bit more low end I suppose.

In my main band, I play post-hardcore so it's heavy music but heavy in a metal kind of way (think somewhere along the lines of Underoath but a bit more melodic) but I also play loads of different stuff when I record myself in the studio.

So... any opinions?
 

shadewind

Junior Member
That'd be great. But unlike in the US, here in Sweden, music stores are not huge warehouses where they have everything so I don't think that will be possible :(
 

Moldy

Silver Member
I'd totally go for the Starclassics, of the two. Of course, Mapex Saturns are better than the SCP B/B ;)
 

Drum-Head

Silver Member
I don't own but I have played on B/Bs. Your assumption higher up is right - they have more low end than Maple.

In the end it's up to what one prefers, but I like the sound of Bubinga kits more than Maple.
 

shadewind

Junior Member
Is it possible the SCP's will have too much low end for some genres? I'm quite sure I will never play any jazz on them, but everything from hardcore down to acoustic pop.
 

Drum-Head

Silver Member
I can't say for sure, but they have never sounded out of place to me. They'll be perfectly fine in the contexts you mention in my opinion. But again... This is the way I hear them.
 

Moldy

Silver Member
Kenny Aronoff, Rise Against, Hawthorne Heights, Billy Joel, Hatebreed, Prodigy, Deftone, Mastodon, System of a Down...

And that's only the ones I found in the first 20% of the Tama Artists page that use the bubinga model.

EDIT: Oh, and Slipknot
 

swiNg

Senior Member
wich type of drumheads your use and your tuning will make the most significant difference in sound, not wich type of wood.

what do you want for sound?

Thats my 2 cents.
 

shadewind

Junior Member
Well, to be honest, I like a lot of low end and a lot of attack. Right now, I using G2's all over for batter (clear on toms, coated on snare). For bottom heads, I use clear G1's on the toms and a Hazy 300 for the snare. The kick gets an EMAD2 for batter and an EQ3 for front.
 

Moldy

Silver Member
wich type of drumheads your use and your tuning will make the most significant difference in sound, not wich type of wood.

what do you want for sound?

Thats my 2 cents.
Oh, please. That's as speculative as someone saying wood makes ALL the difference. Of course bubinga will sound different from maple which sounds different from birch. And it's a significant difference that a drummer could pick up on. Will an audience member know? Not likely, given how loud everything is blasted anyway. But it makes all the difference to the guy behind the kit and sometimes behind the mixing console.
 

swiNg

Senior Member
i didnt say wood doesnt matter at all, did i? i dont understand your attitude etiher, do i speculate?, thats just my exprience. Sure i have a dw, becouse i like the sound of it more than my former tama starclassic, and the yamha recording i had before that.
But he did ask if wich type off wood would make for a better drum genrewise. and my point is you could play anything with just about any type of shell. thats all. sorry if i offended you. Peace.
 

swiNg

Senior Member
i have no experience with pdp but starclassics are very well built and sound tremendous, and will work in any situation. studio or live. but im referring pdp to be a semi-proffessional line and starclassic as proffessional. How much are u willing to pay? because there are a lot of very nice starclassic b/b, performers and maple on secon-hand market.

Håll till godo och lycka till!

http://www.blocket.se/stockholm/Tama_Starclassic_Birch_Bubinga_26632741.htm?ca=15&w=3


http://www.blocket.se/stockholm/Tama_Starclassic_Maple_limited_edition_26327604.htm?ca=15&w=3


http://www.blocket.se/gavleborg/Tama_Starclassic_Maple_25825211.htm?ca=15&w=3


http://www.blocket.se/malmo/Tama_Starclassic__97_25839667.htm?ca=15&w=3&last=1


http://www.blocket.se/stockholm/Tama_starclassic_prefomer_25117557.htm?ca=15&w=3


http://www.blocket.se/stockholm/TAMA_Starclassic_25807057.htm?ca=15&w=3


http://www.blocket.se/stockholm/Tama_Starclassic_Maple_26308445.htm?ca=15&w=3
 

shadewind

Junior Member
Tack för tipsen ;)

I'm willing to pay as much as necessary to get a kit that I'm satisfied with, but when we get up at 30 000 SEK, it's a bit too much for me. But somewhere around 20 000 sek is fine. My requirements are however that size be 12" 16" and 24".
 

swiNg

Senior Member
well, it´s a delightful problem, pdp actually seems like a pretty good deal. But i have no experience of them at all, just what i read about it.

I honestly don´t think there will be that much of a difference for you whatever you choose. Its seems like a win/win situation. hence, the tama is more expensive.
 

shadewind

Junior Member
well, it´s a delightful problem, pdp actually seems like a pretty good deal. But i have no experience of them at all, just what i read about it.

I honestly don´t think there will be that much of a difference for you whatever you choose. Its seems like a win/win situation. hence, the tama is more expensive.
But you're saying the Tama is the better kit (and thus more expensive)? Because I'd rather have a 12" 16" 24" kit that I love than a 12" 16" 18" 24" kit that I think is okay.
 

swiNg

Senior Member
couldnt really tell if its "better", you really should check it out in a store and compare them buildwise.
All i can tell that tama is a proffessional kit and very well built. strong hardware, my experience is that the bearing edges always where consistent, i have owned two performers/maples myself.

But im pretty shure that it will hold its value way better than the platinum.
 
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