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Old 07-13-2018, 09:44 AM
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Hi everybody, my first post here. I just bougt an old Tama snare, but need some hjelp to identify it some more. It is a 14x5 Superstar with parallel strainer system, so I would think it is a King Beat. The shell is 6mm wood with reinforcement rings. Does anybody know what kind of wood, anyd what year this is from? And, the parallel strainer system is mostly missing, and is very hard to find. Is it worth to track down an original strainer system, or should I go for a nice replacement? Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:16 PM
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The old Tama Superstars had birch shells. They were available from the mid 70s to the early/mid 80s.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:59 PM
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Nice find, its in good shape. very well made drums.
The strainer - depends who much 'original' means to you. It might be quite a hassle and a bit of cash to track down and get the original parallel strainer. They also stick out from the drum quite a bit to the point they don't fit in some snare bags.
Personally I would just go with a newer modern strainer and butt plate. You will have to do with the empty holes or even maybe drill some new ones.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:58 AM
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Thanks for the info! The drum was 400 NOK (about $35), so I can spend a little to get it right. But I have heard it is a hazzle to get snarewire as well? I think I go for a nice standard strainer and butt, and put in a little work to make it fit in the holes already there, so I dont need to drill any extra holes.
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:18 AM
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Thanks for the info! The drum was 400 NOK (about $35), so I can spend a little to get it right. But I have heard it is a hazzle to get snarewire as well? I think I go for a nice standard strainer and butt, and put in a little work to make it fit in the holes already there, so I dont need to drill any extra holes.
I've seen people make custom adapter plates, where the plate screws to the shell using the existing holes, and the throw off is drilled only through the plate. Like this Trick throw off with an adapter plate to work on a Ludwig snare.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:54 PM
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what year this is from?
Some of the black T-badges have the year of manufacture as the first two numbers, some don't.

e.g. 1985 = 85xxxxx
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:48 PM
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Serial no is 81087, only 5 digits. Maybe an 1981? And I have tracked down an other King Beat snare with complete original parallel strainer. Pretty beaten and rough, but good for parts. So it looks that I go for original.
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Old 07-22-2018, 12:14 AM
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Just finished mounting the strainer system, and it turned out very, very, very nice. The sound is awsome with a lot of ping with the damper off and just the crack with the damper on.
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very nice. good that you could track down an original strainer so fast and easy.
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:24 AM
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very nice. good that you could track down an original strainer so fast and easy.
I was about to post the same thing.
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Old 07-26-2018, 11:41 AM
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Adapters are pretty easy to make out of aluminum, I plan to use nylon washers as spacers. I wouldn't drill that shell.
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