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Old 01-27-2015, 03:34 PM
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Default New Tama StarClassic Bubinga setup

Hi Guys,

Thought I'd share my "new" kit with you guys! Tama StarClassic Bubinga, 2008 (Japanese) model.

14 X 12 Rack Tom, 18 X 16 Floor Tom, 22 X 18 Kick Drum.
I'm also using a Pearl Steve Ferrone (Brass 14 X 6) at the moment, great snare.

I'd been looking for a new kit for some time and was just curious to try out this kit really. Once I started putting my mind to it, I realised that Bubinga was a wood that would really work for my style and application.

The big sizes were off putting at first but once I inspected/tuned them, I realised the shells thickness makes for a fundamentally higher pitched natural note, so I tune the reso head close to that note, then tune the batter head for the appropriate attack.

This way, I get the big toms to have a nice, bright attack (a good quality of Bubinga I've found is this attack), with a tone/pitch that can still be heard/cut through a mix AND get all the meaty low-end from the big size/Bubinga wood.

To top it off, the kick drum is simply outstanding! Nice punch with a sustain that is easy to adjust, and low end that'll put hair on your chest and rumble your guts!

So far, great drums and I couldn't be happier!

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Old 01-27-2015, 04:07 PM
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Nice! I've never heard a bubinga kit in person, but the sound clips I've heard sound incredible.

Good find!
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Old 01-27-2015, 04:20 PM
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Nice setup !

The band I'm in plays loud R&B and rock & roll. The drums are always without microphones and amplification.
I was thinking that the Tama Bubinga might be just the thing I need.


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Old 01-27-2015, 05:13 PM
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@Hollywood

I'd imagine a Bubinga kit would suit your needs very well. The low end they project gives the drums fantastic room presence and the volume and brightness of the attack will make sure what you're playing is pronounced effectively unmicced.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:09 PM
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Congratulations! I've always thought Tama drums, especially their higher end lines, were beautiful. Your set is no exception. Anyway you could provide a better picture of the finish?
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:04 PM
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I've attached some better photos taken by Graham Russell Drums for the online advert. Great shop and great guys running it, anyone UK based on here should check them out.

The Black-Nickel hardware is pretty sweet also!
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:08 AM
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That Starcast tom mount isn't from 2008. Looks like the new version. Fantastic kit. I'm sold on Tama bubinga drums
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Im not a big Tama guy,for whatever reason,but That is one sweet kit.My Goodness......
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:25 AM
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I've always wanted to try a Starclassic bubinga, I've heard nothing but good things about them. That's one classy kit.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:27 AM
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Sweet kit. I've always loved the Tama Starclassics, which is why I have a Starclassic maple as my main kit. Super solid, high quality... and they sound superb. Enjoy that gorgeous kit.
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Beautiful kit..super classy.
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:28 AM
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@steadypocket

Do you know what year the mount looks like? The inside of the shells are stamped with 2008/09. My understanding is that this Starclassic badge is the 08/09 version also.

Glad you guys like! I'm loving it, very inspiring to play!

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Nice kit congratulation. I've always been a big fan of Tama bubinga and the SC performers also. I just think they sound real rich, lots of deep tone. Happy drumming.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:26 PM
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@steadypocket

Do you know what year the mount looks like? The inside of the shells are stamped with 2008/09. My understanding is that this Starclassic badge is the 08/09 version also.

Glad you guys like! I'm loving it, very inspiring to play!
I could have been mistaken but I thought the newer tom mounts were introduced just a year or two after your kit's manufacture. Perhaps one of the Tama experts on DW can chime in.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:00 PM
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Default Re: New Tama StarClassic Bubinga setup

Hi again folks,

I've attached an .mp3 recording made with two low quality mics I have recording mostly room sound.

The playing is a little awkward and sloppy at times too....

Let me know what you guys think of the sound!
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File Type: mp3 Tama Starclassic Bubinga Test.mp3 (4.81 MB, 57 views)
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