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Old 07-15-2008, 05:23 AM
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Default Birth of my new Tama B/B Rig (updated pics)

After so many years of playing what I "had" to play I broke down and struggled this rad Tama to life. It sounds lush and vivid, with amazing attack and range. Simply the most amazing sounding kit Ive ever owned. Just started building it in Feb and have been continuing to round out my snare collection for it as well now..
Ive added a matching pearl carbon vapor conga setup to the left side under the chimes as well since these pics.

Rig Specs:
Tama StarClassic Bubinga/Birch hybrid
Stardust Fade

Toms:
8" X 7"
8" X 10"
9" X 12"

Floor Toms:
14" X 16"
16" X 16"

Bass Drum:
18" X 22"

Snares:
DW 4X14 Custom Copper
Pearl 3.5 X 14 Maple/Brass and 5.5" Steel Free floating
Also will be adding either a Gretsch 120th anniv or equivilant soon

Pedals:
DW5000 Dlb Pedal and HH

Cymbals:
15" K Zildjian Hybrid Crash
17" K Zildjian Hybrid Crash
19" K Zildjian Hybrid Crash
20" K Zildjian Hybrid Ride
14" K Zildjian Hybrid HH
13" K Zildjian Dry HH
8" A custom Splash
10" A Custom Splash
12" A Custom Splash
14"/ 18" Wuhan or Zildjian Hybrid China Types

Percussion:
Factory metal CrossCrasherz 10" and 12"
Treeworks Double row chimes
Pearl Primero 10" and 11" Congas

In the Stick bag:
Promark hot rods
Vic Firth rute 202's
Vic Firth Dave Weckl Signatures
Brushes
Mallets
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:31 AM
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Default Re: Birth of my new Tama B/B Rig

what a beautiful kit, especially those cymbals. You must be proud.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:35 AM
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Wow

I would love to play your kit. I like the 3 up 2 down config

Congrats
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:39 AM
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Yea I tell ya, its like a feeling only understood when its really heard. wish the pics could express this, Epic....

My second kit I ever owned in the 80's was a Tama Imperial star (pearl white). I just came back to it. This hybrid is so colorful. The shells have so much character all I have on them are Evan G2 Genera clears and a Evans EMAD 2 on the kick, man talk about lo end moist color...whew. Props Tama, blew me away...
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:57 AM
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Thanks for the cool replys fellas, it truly is my labor of love, very proud papa...8)
K hybrids have an awesome scope!..
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:09 AM
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Default Re: Birth of my new Tama B/B Rig

You have every reason to be very proud of this kit. I love that finish!

What are your thoughts on the hybrid ride? Are you able to get a good ping out of it as well as some good crashability?
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:20 AM
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That is pro quality through and through: drums, cymbals, hardware, throne, percussion. It warms my heart to see someone take such pride in all aspects of his gear. Of course, there are many on this forum who fit that description. But I have seen a B/B kit at my local shop and the interior is just as remarkable as the finish. I would be hesitant to hide that with coated heads.

I, too tend to add something as often as possible to my kit...even if it's just sticks, washers, or toms, or snares, or cymbals. The list never ends and I will never be done. Enjoy that kit for a lifetime. It seems you love your gear and it should love you back.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:36 AM
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Ive had my eye on some of the new Hammerax stuff, simple unique and cool, they had alot at NAMM last year, i scored these Factory metals at NAMM last year before they had hit, Im glad they took the bend out of them that the previous models had. Been thinking about a hammerax/factory metal stack bashers combo. But there will always be something new like you said. The Hybrid ride has a great ping, with a few more characteristics between the lathed and polished section almost the "Tang" if you will...8).
Tryed putting them up against the 2002's and some sabians and they just didnt hold the same colors and flame yet quiet texture. As far as the crashing goes its cool, although I generally move up the 19" crash when I want wash or fill, I tryed to move my ride 45 to the floor and up quite a bit, this tended current config tended to feel more comfortable lower on this kit.....
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:58 AM
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that's an awesome set! lucky you!!!
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:51 PM
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That looks like the perfect setup, kudos
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:26 PM
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That is one sweet kit, dude. I had a 4-piece in the same finish very briefly. They have a cool sound. The cymbal set-up is top-notch, too. Congrats!
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:49 PM
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That's a real stunner you've put together, it looks amazing!

What's more dominant in the sound, the birch or the bubinga?
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:07 PM
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Nice kit dude, especially the cymbals, congrats!
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:50 PM
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I would say the Bubinga is definitely the more prominent of the two, very charismatic sound, but the birch gives it a bright attack. The kit is never boomy, or to loud. It will respond if requested though. Bubinga is just lush. The combo of the both, perfect alchemy..
I would be curious of anyone playing pure bubinga if they need to go coated to brighten it at all.. at least from a non-miced perspective. I am yet to get this under a good mic set.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:37 AM
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Wow! I've seen that finish and your pictures don't do it justice.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:21 AM
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Looks like it would be brilliant to play, the rims just make the drums look great! Nice hybrids as well.

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Old 07-19-2008, 01:26 AM
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Default Re: Birth of my new Tama B/B Rig

Sweet kit.. I have the same but different sizes and finish.. I have the lava glass glitter and for snares i have the same dw collectors series copper but 5.5 x 14. It sounds sweet... I love the sound of the kit.. Congrats.
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:43 AM
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That's sick man. You shouldn't do that to us. Ok, actually you should.

I wan't that kit, looks so damn nice. And then it's Tama and Zildjian K too...Have fun with it!

Edit: Your band gotta sound good, the guitarist has a lot of Karma points, and with you banging on that thing...!
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:10 AM
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Well...what a set-up!
Got this "wow"-effect when looking at it. That would make a perfect exhibit at a music fair! =)
How do you like the tuning range of those B/B drums? I`ve got problems to reach a higher pitch with my 12" Superstar Custom. I don`t know whether I just got a bad shell or those Tama Superstar 12" toms generally have this problem.

Can you tell me about your B/B? Is it tuneable up to a very high pitch without losing clarity and tone?

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Can I have it? That is one beautiful set there! Well done my friend.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:24 AM
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i love ur set up. nice ride cymbal! ;)
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:53 PM
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Thanks for all the killer compliments fellas, Ill see if I can get some more current ones soon with all the add-ons Ive done since these (these were taken like 3 months ago). As far as the tuning on the 12", I havnt really over driven them alot, having the 7" and the 10 gives me all that range i need, I just tune them true to the shell. I havnt noticed any limits on this but again i havnt over driven the shells at all, they sing when there tuned true, without any unwanted ring, I dont need any muffle or rings except for the kick which is a evans EMAD 2, when tuned to the shell they have perfect resonance and tone..
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:21 PM
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Default Re: Birth of my new Tama B/B Rig (updated pics)

Some updated pics..
Sorry about the quality, studio was pretty poorly lit...
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