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Old 09-20-2010, 10:09 PM
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Default Real difference between a Tama Starclassic Elite & Starclassic Bubinga

I'm going to purchase a Custom Tama Starclassic Bubinga in a lacquer ultraviolet sparkle color soon.
And I was just wondering besides the elites being made in Japan, the bubingas in china.
I also know that it has to do with the finish being in high detail, handcrafted ect.

I talked with the manufacture of Tama and they told me that my custom Bubingas will be made it Japan, not china.

So really whats the difference between an elite and bubinga besides where it is made.
It really is a big price difference
And what can I expect?

Thanks :)

Btw: My color can only be made in the bubinga series, however it will be made in japan.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:29 PM
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Default Re: Real difference between a Tama Starclassic Elite & Starclassic Bubinga

Been meaning to ask the same question, since I own a Starclassic Bubinga Elite kit. I do like how it is built, and they do sound great, but I could never get a straight answer out of anybody what the difference is besides where it's made.

Although mine is a custom color too, maybe that's it. It was a simple custom job too - just gun metal gray without that silly gold band painted around the circumference.

Remember when Made In Japan had a completely different meaning?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:34 PM
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Default Re: Real difference between a Tama Starclassic Elite & Starclassic Bubinga

I really couldn't tell you sonically if there is much of a difference. When I bought my Starclassic Bubinga kit, it was still being manufactured in Japan and I really can't see or hear a difference between the two. Since they're now made in China, all bets are off in terms of how well they are built because I never inspected the inside shells of the China Bubinga drums. Since they did make some changes to the outside appearance of the China drums, there could also be changes to the workmanship inside the shells. My understanding is that there is probably a several hundred dollar difference between the two, but I'm not sure. The Chinese drums being a bit cheaper.

Dennis
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:38 PM
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Default Re: Real difference between a Tama Starclassic Elite & Starclassic Bubinga

Well, these guys are the most picky with regard to reviews like construction, edges, IN ROUND shells, paint, hardware.... ANYTHING...

http://www.musicradar.com/gear/all/d...-245092/review
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:42 AM
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Default Re: Real difference between a Tama Starclassic Elite & Starclassic Bubinga

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Well, these guys are the most picky with regard to reviews like construction, edges, IN ROUND shells, paint, hardware.... ANYTHING...

http://www.musicradar.com/gear/all/d...-245092/review
I am still not getting why Tama thinks having a stripe going around the drum is cool....
But who am I?

Yeah, I read this review some weeks ago, and I'm in the same boat: if they sound good and are built well, who cares where they're made? I guess I can be an elitist since mine are made in Japan, so it's cool everyone else gets theirs from China....;)

I'm so sure it helps me play better!
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