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Old 03-15-2018, 06:59 AM
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Default New-to-me Tama 80s Tama Swingstar Snare

Found a shell on ebay, 6.5" depth, clean, and decided to watch it. While buying a Pearl used, that I thought I could flip, found a used 5" Swingstar in GC used for about $60 shipped. Now I'm $90ish into this drum, including the extra shell, (which I suppose I'll sell or trade. I understand these are the same as the King Beat and other top of the line 80s Japan steel snares. It's all ready except I don't have the longer tension rods I needed, it has bass rods holding it together for mock-up. All I needed was an electric screwdriver, vise grips for the square nuts on the throwoff/butt, and a drum key. Missing muffler too, which I may re-add if it's a cheap part. I may even have one, who knows.
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:29 AM
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Default Re: New-to-me Tama 80s Tama Swingstar Snare

I don't think those are of the same grade as the King Beats - I had one of those. Actual King Beat snares are very heavy, and were outfitted with die cast hoops too - very solid and working snares. Swingstars were the entry-level kits from the 80s and the snares were just pressed steel formed and welded. The snares work and can be made to sound nice, but they're not of the same grade as King Beats.
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Old 03-15-2018, 08:06 AM
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I am by no means an expert, but the shells look identical, I can't see a seam, and the google is full of 'seamless Swingstar' ads. They strainer and butt (and hoops) aren't anything special, though. The later Rockstar shell looks a bit different, is welded, and MIC. These are Japanese.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:44 PM
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Good project, but bigger question is how does it SOUND. If great, your're in business, whether its a truly Kingbeat clone shell or not.
I just came across a used Pork Pie 6 x 14 steel - part of a bunch of random drum stuff (bass drum ,pedal, stands) sold me for less than $120. Wow what a buy, very impressive sound for a cheap steel snare. If your Tama snare doesn't work out I strongly suggest looking at a Pork Pie steel... 'little squealer'. Squeal it does not.
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:23 AM
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I had I believe in 82 model Royal Star kit that came with a snare that looked just like that one. I don't know anything about the quality of it however it sounded pretty darn good.
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Old 03-18-2018, 02:36 AM
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Default Re: New-to-me Tama 80s Tama Swingstar Snare

I have one of these from 1985 and I am the original owner

It sounds fantastic
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