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Old 05-21-2012, 03:47 PM
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Default Upgrading from Tama Star Classic Performer birch

I'm considering upgrading toms and bass drum; 10x8, 12x9, 14x10, 16x14 and 22x16; maybe maple or maple combination shells. Suggestions welcome! Has anyone compared Star Classic Performer with Mapex Saturn?
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Upgrading from Tama Star Classic Performer birch

I have a friend who has a Starclassic Performer Birch. I actually prefer its sound to another friend's maple Starclassic.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: Upgrading from Tama Star Classic Performer birch

I downgraded from a Tama Bubinga kit to the Birch/Bubinga Starclassic stuff and I like them better. I'm not a big maple fan - I had two DW kits and never could get those to sound right to my ears.

But I suppose going up to the Mapex Saturn would be an upgrade, although I think it would be more of a sideways upgrade - as far as construction goes, I think the Tama you have is on par with the Mapex, you're just changing wood material. Have you considered the solid bubinga Tama makes or are you just wanting a new kit from someone else? I would think if you're really into maple, you'd go Ludwig, Gretsch or Drum Workshop?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:29 PM
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I downgraded from a Tama Bubinga kit to the Birch/Bubinga Starclassic stuff and I like them better. I'm not a big maple fan - I had two DW kits and never could get those to sound right to my ears.

But I suppose going up to the Mapex Saturn would be an upgrade, although I think it would be more of a sideways upgrade - as far as construction goes, I think the Tama you have is on par with the Mapex, you're just changing wood material. Have you considered the solid bubinga Tama makes or are you just wanting a new kit from someone else? I would think if you're really into maple, you'd go Ludwig, Gretsch or Drum Workshop?
Bo, in my experience DW Collectors drums have a different timbral profile than any other make, even with the same woods. They have a very thick attack and an even, quick note, seemingly no matter what you do to them. I can't really speak for the Jazz or Classics series, but something about their construction definitely imparts this unique sound. Personally I'm not a fan either; to me they sound "plastic-ey".

That being said, I'm really into my Saturns. They have a nice "modern" sound but with a good amount of sustain and warm "noteyness" brought on (I think) by the Walnut. They respond well to a variety of heads. Not to mention they're the lowest priced pro-level line out there. Gregg Bissonette uses them!
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