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Old 07-06-2007, 02:15 PM
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Default Tama Superstar EFX Hyper Drives

Here's my new Tama Superstar EFX Hyper Drive 6 piece kit in White Satin Haze. Anybody else out there have a set of these? This is the third Tama kit I've owned any by far the best sounding.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:49 PM
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Wow, what a nice looking kit. I've always loved the look of high tension lugs.

Very nice, congrats.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:55 PM
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That's a great looking set of drums. Does Hyper Drive refer to the sizes? And what are the sizes (including depth) of your drums?
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:57 PM
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short toms are lovely. I wish I had a kit with them...
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:26 PM
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great looking kit :) i dont like the finish though i love the kit :) toms a'la vinnie colaiuta :) lovely
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:30 PM
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Wow, what a kit!! I have to say that the white wrap looks awesome, especially with the black chromed hardware.
But I own a Basix Custom kit with those short toms and I find it quite hard to get a clean low-pitched sound out of the toms. How do you find the tuning range of the Superstar`s?

Beautiful kit.

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Old 07-06-2007, 06:21 PM
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Great set man, I've looked at those on the Tama Website a lot.

I know a lot of people are going to tell you to change the heads, and I bet you already are planning on doing that. So do it :).

How long have you been drumming and what's your style?
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Old 07-07-2007, 03:52 AM
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Thanks to everyon for your comments. I'll try to answer all your questions.
I believe the term "Hyper Drive" refers to the shorter tom depth as indicated on Tama's website. The specs on my kit are:
Mounted Toms
10" x 6.5"
12" x 7"
Floor Toms
14" x 12"
16" x 14"
Snare
14" x 5.5"
Bass
22" x 18"
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Tama Titan & Road Pro
Iron Cobra Power Glide Double Pedal
Cymbals
14" Z Mastersound High Hats
16" A Paper Thin Crash
18" A Thin Crash
18" ZHT Rock Crash
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LP Roch Ridge Rider cowbell
LP medium Jam Block
Humes & Berg Enduro Pro drum cases

As for the way the toms sound:
They are at a slightly higher pitch than the previous Tama kits I had in the past,(late 70's Imperial Stars & early 90's Rockstar Pros). I start the tuning with the larger floor tom and then work my way backwards to the smallest tom. I tune by ear, and try to have 1/3 to 1/2 step tone difference between them, keeping in mind that each drum has it's "sweet spot". The head tension is not "real loose" nor "overly tight". I will say that this set "came into tune" faster and easier than any of the 5 kits I've had in the past.

As for my experience and style:
I'm 55 years old, (that's where the name "The Fossil" comes in). I've been playing drums since 1967. I have played Big Band Swing, Top 40 Rock, Country, and Jazz. The band I'm in now is called "Frankie and The Fossils". We play Classic Rock & Blues from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.
The other band members tell me that these drums "cut through the mix like a knife" and the bass drum is a real cannon.
Our web site is "under construction" right now, but feel free to give it a look. www.frankieandthefossils.com
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:30 AM
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Beautifull kit. I really like the finish and the shallow toms are definitally a different step for Tama.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:03 AM
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my friend and go-to guitar player is looking over my shoulder right now and when I opened this link he exclaimed "WOW! an Orange head on a marshall 4x12!!" I was sitting here thinking "no, that's a wrapped tama and a bunch of pretty zildjians..."

Guitar players...

Nice kit. I've always liked the look of short stack toms, but never really appreciated the sound. I'm sure my opinion would change if I had a chance to own (and tune) a short stack kit of my own. It seems like every time I go to a music store none of the drums are tuned well at all... which is too bad.
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:02 PM
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my friend and go-to guitar player is looking over my shoulder right now and when I opened this link he exclaimed "WOW! an Orange head on a marshall 4x12!!" I was sitting here thinking "no, that's a wrapped tama and a bunch of pretty zildjians..."

Guitar players...
We have all been there......

lol



Nice kit.

Has anyone seen the new Mapex Hyper-Drive kits?

They are pretty cool, but you cant get cool wraps like this Tama though...
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Old 07-07-2007, 03:33 PM
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Nice kit! I own a Tama Supertar Hyperdrive, but in the Custom SL series. I love the shallow rack toms. I can't wait to get an add-on 18" floor for mine. Can't wait to see your head choice.
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Old 07-07-2007, 07:01 PM
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shallow toms are the bizzle.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:50 PM
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that is a beast of a kit....
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:06 AM
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WOW thats a sweet kit looks great bet is sounds as good as it looks if not better. Now all you have to do is get that bass up off the floor!
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:01 AM
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WOW thats a sweet kit looks great bet is sounds as good as it looks if not better. Now all you have to do is get that bass up off the floor!
It looks to be just the carpet. If you look at the other stands they are kinda sunk in too. Also the legs seem to be out at the same place as mine (have the same kit currently on not hyperdrive) and mine is up off the ground.
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:30 PM
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Default Re: Tama Superstar EFX Hyper Drives

Yea I have a Tama superstar too and it really does cut through anything haha, I appreciate the wrap, its very shiny haha
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:23 PM
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It looks to be just the carpet. If you look at the other stands they are kinda sunk in too. Also the legs seem to be out at the same place as mine (have the same kit currently on not hyperdrive) and mine is up off the ground.
Yes, it's just the carpet. I got the scrap piece from my aunt when she re carpeted her family room. It's kind of a medium shag, but the color was right because........

For as long as I have been playing in bands, I've always set my kit up on a rug for two reasons, one, to protect it from moving around, and two, exact stand placement every time.
If you look real close at the rug you might be able to see "reference marks". After I get each stand where I want it, I take a magic marker and trace around the outline of each stand leg on the carpet. What you end up with is a whole bunch of little "horseshoe" black marks on the rug. Each stand is numbered 1 through 5, or however many stands you have, (bases & top tubes) and the the marks on the carpet are numbered to match the stand that goes in that spot.
This makes setting the kit up the same way every time a lot easier, especially in low lighting. I even draw marks around the bass spur tips and the floor tom legs. Just roll out the rug and match the numbers. I've been doing it this way for years, works great.

As for the batter heads: I will probably switch to a coated head in the near future and keep the stock ones for emergency backups. I'm debating between Remo & Evans right now. Any ideas would be welcome, keeping in mind the type of music we play, Classic Rock & Blues, (Led Zep, ZZ Top, Cream, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Gary Morris, Wishbone Ash, and Ted Nugent, to name a few).
Again, thanks for the input.
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