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Old 07-17-2014, 08:17 AM
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Default Tama Starclassic Snare Help

Hey guys, I just picked up a 14X6.5 Starclassic with the breather badge that says "made in Japan" and wrapped with a silver sparkle wrap (was told the color is called "diamond dust"). I'm having trouble finding information on this thing. I'd love to find out how good of a deal I got on it. And I am horrible at looking at wood and telling the difference. I'd love to know if this is Maple, birch or something else.

Can someone perhaps push me in the right direction with a good website? I've been searching google for hours with no luck.

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Old 07-17-2014, 02:19 PM
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Photos would help solve the mystery.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:50 PM
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Here are a couple of quick photos. I can take a few more within the next couple of days if it helps.

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Old 07-17-2014, 04:26 PM
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It's either a Starclassic Bubinga EFX (all-bubinga with a wrap) or a Starclassic Performer Birch/Bubinga EFX (bubinga inner plies, birch outer plies). Remove one of the heads and by looking at the ply structure you can tell which one it is.

I don't know what years this model/wrap was offered.

Below is a chart from a 2009 catalog. More catalogs are here.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:46 PM
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I was hoping it was maybe bubinga too, but as soon as I looked inside I realized that the grain wasn't right for it.. Im not so clear as to the difference in Maple and birch.. But I just can't find this badge in anything but the brass shelled Starclassics.. I will take a couple picks of the grain when I get a chance.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:20 PM
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Default Re: Tama Starclassic Snare Help

In *general* birch is brighter, maple warmer tones, bubinga lower tones.Looking in the drum, you will only see the innermost ply.

But if this snare sounds good to you, it is no matter what kind of deal it was.
It certainly looks nice.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:05 PM
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It does sound great, but that doesn't take away from my wanting to know exactly what I got.. I'm still a gear head like most of you, so I'd like to know exactly what I've purchased. And maybe even what year it is.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:37 PM
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If you really need to know, the Tama geeks here will find out in about 2 minutes.
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Birch. Good snare and a nice finish.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:00 AM
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Birch. Good snare and a nice finish.
You are certainly confident with yourself.. Do you have an idea what year they made these birch shells with this badge.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:09 AM
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I remember Tama had Starclassic Performers like this. All maple or all birch, then the maple was dropped (probably cutting into higher end SCM) and was all birch from 2002 - 2008? when they became birch/bubinga. Best guesstimate.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:35 PM
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I've taken some pics, mostly because I just realized the pics I posted are not of the drum I have. The lug spacing was way to small and the badge is more bronze. Anyway, are we still sure it's the Birch model?
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It is still birch, but slightly older from the early noughties.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:42 AM
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It is still birch, but slightly older from the early noughties.
I'm guessing that's 90's? How can you tell? The color of the badge?
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I'm guessing that's 90's? How can you tell? The color of the badge?
Noughties=00s
The badge, finish, and the voices in my head are telling me this.
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Can't estimate age, but I agree with it looking like birch.
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Noughties=00s
The badge, finish, and the voices in my head are telling me this.
From all the things I've looked at, my best guess so far is an 07 or 08, Starclassic Birch EFX 14 x 6.5

P.S. The other forums that someone above suggested I go to still havent replied to a post from 2 days ago. I guess their not quite as fast as my friends here on DRUMMERWORLD.

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2007, likely April or May.
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