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Old 11-28-2008, 10:43 PM
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NEW UPDATED PICS INSIDE SEE PAGE 2

I just got a call from my local music shop saying that my new kit is in!!! After eight long months I will finally be able to pick my drums up tonight. Pics and details to come.

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Old 11-29-2008, 12:38 AM
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What a TEASE............
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:49 AM
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That's a nice story, but somehow it just doesn't seem real without pics...
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:03 AM
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Nggg I thought we got to see it now!
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:17 AM
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If your not lying, then I am incredibly jealous. That natural cordia finish is insanely nice. Please post some pics asap.
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:21 AM
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Wow...am I ever not lying. These things are amazing. Setting them up tomorrow. pics to follow. For now, specs:
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:27 AM
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:53 AM
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Just finished setting up the new cans and taking a whole slew of photos. Got to get them organized...
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:58 AM
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Just finished setting up the new cans and taking a whole slew of photos. Got to get them organized...
Now you're just being mean.

Show them already!
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:29 AM
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" I have a great sea shell collection. It is scattered on beaches, all over the world "


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LOL and we are still waiting for pictures. if we don't see some photos soon we're gonna have to send the drummerworld mafia after this guy.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:39 AM
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Here's a few photos of the setup process. As you can see I'm replacing the current Superstar kit.

The Natural Cordia finish is WAY darker than I expected it to be and I wouldn't have it any other way. I know EVERYONE says that the photos don't do their particular kit justice...The flash on the makes the wood look like a cheap bookshelf, I tried to pick photos that would show the depth of the finish but not many came out the way I wanted. From the back of the room and almost until you are standing right over them, they look almost black! (Time to chuck that camera.)
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:42 AM
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Awesome drums man! Enjoy those beauties. My father has the exact same kit, same finish. Really good looking. Awesome cymbals as well, those Istanbuls really compliment the wonderful kit! :)
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:44 AM
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Please ignore the poor choice in mics, they are purely for monitoring purposes and get the job done. The 8x14 snare absolutely SCREAMS. I can't understand why they send it with one of those dampening rings. It was a breeze to tune; I got it in tune with itself and a couple of cranks on each head....sounds as good or better (in my humble opinion) than the Bubinga Warlord snare I played last week in another shop.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:46 AM
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Gorgeous! Nice set of cymbals too.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:49 AM
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Wow, that's amazing. You my friend, have setup that kit perfectly. I think I have a new Drummerworld favorite kit.

You also have some of the most gorgeous cymbals I've seen, this is the essence of drum porn. Bring a towel.
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Wow, how amazing do those look?
Simply fantastic. Congrats and enjoy!
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:57 AM
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Wow, that's amazing. You my friend, have setup that kit perfectly. I think I have a new Drummerworld favorite kit.
Thanks for your kind words. I'm really kind of pissed though that the photos are not better quality. I may try to get a friend to take some pics with a better rig. I've been really inspired by so many of the great shots on this forum like TenPastTen's green monster and the KUMU Four Piece.

Not only do they look great but I was a little worried that my relatively inexperienced ear wouldn't pick up on the benefits of bubinga but I was wrong. The resonance and sustain on the two floors is full and rich and the racks have great tone and punch. Not like the Superstars where I had to do some hard tuning work to get rid of certain overtones and rings.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:04 AM
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Now that's what I'm talking about. One of the best looking kits I've ever seen, really nice. I love the shots from above, great looking cymbals too!
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:21 AM
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I want!?!?
That must have set you back - but they its worth it!
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That's a BEAUTY!
How do you find the cad pro mics?
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:02 AM
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Just kidding about that whole picture thing... besides, it was totally worth the wait. Gorgeous drums. Pretty much everything about your kit is pleasing to the eye. Everything but those stock heads, but I'm sure those will go in time.
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Thanks for your kind words. I'm really kind of pissed though that the photos are not better quality. I may try to get a friend to take some pics with a better rig. I've been really inspired by so many of the great shots on this forum like TenPastTen's green monster and the KUMU Four Piece.

Not only do they look great but I was a little worried that my relatively inexperienced ear wouldn't pick up on the benefits of bubinga but I was wrong. The resonance and sustain on the two floors is full and rich and the racks have great tone and punch. Not like the Superstars where I had to do some hard tuning work to get rid of certain overtones and rings.
Well, thanks for thinking of me! I honestly feel that this is the best Tama has to offer. I've seen the 14 x 8 Cordia snare first hand and even tried it in the shop. Really stunning in person and a versatile tuning range that is a tribute to its massive depth.

I love the sizes, I think you can play anything with that setup. How's the pursuit for the Tama closed hi hat attachment coming? I'm sure it will work for you.

The only thing left is some cymbal specs. Eye spy the Sultans, and is that a new Zildjian Rezo in there? What say you?
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:24 AM
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TenPastTen, the closed hi-hat thingy is on it's way sooner or later. As far as cymbals go:

Istanbul Agop - a great mix of bright and dark sounds with a hybrid upper and lathed underside, I highly reccomend
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MMmmmm...mmmmmm.mmmmmmmmm....now that's purdy.

Bubinga is GREAT! ;)
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:04 AM
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That is one of the best looking natural finishes I have ever seen! That cordia looks absolutely amazing!

It's a great setup with a great selection of pies too!

Tama's finest...!
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:08 AM
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Hey numa cruiser, Best looking kit I have seen by far !!! I bet they sound amazing. Really nice set up. Tama's top end kits are really nice but this kit is F. . .ing Beautiful.
You will have to give your superstars to the kid down the street. Enjoy , well worth the wait.
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Sweet kit! Is that hardware case an Army issue foot locker?
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:37 PM
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Sweet kit! Is that hardware case an Army issue foot locker?
Yes it is an old foot locker. It belonged to my grandfather, I have actually fitted it out to hold my 8x14 snare and 8x12 tom. It would have been slightly too short for my hardware. (and too heavy) I love that it's old and has some "class" factor to it.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:40 PM
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I played the kit for the first time with our whole church band this morning. Sounds pretty awesome. The drums and Istanbuls compliment each other greatly. I do however still have some tuning tweaks to make as the 10" tom is causing my snare wires to buzz. I was able to get a tuning with the Superstars that produced absolutely no buzz, I haven't found that sweet spot yet on my bubes.
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that is a gorgeous kit. I'll bet it sounds as good as it looks.
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Wow, I have been looking at this kit in the same finish and to say i am extremely jealous would be an understatement. They're stunning!

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Looks SWEET! I love the Istanbuls!!
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lovely lovely lovely

It's the set for church I suppose? Really great to have such drums there. I am very curious about those cymbals. I have heard one pair of Turkish hihats so far (Bosphorus Traditional) and those sounded great, so if your cymbals have the same quality you are very blessed with both the wood and the bronze...
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lovely lovely lovely

It's the set for church I suppose? Really great to have such drums there. I am very curious about those cymbals. I have heard one pair of Turkish hihats so far (Bosphorus Traditional) and those sounded great, so if your cymbals have the same quality you are very blessed with both the wood and the bronze...
Ya, I will get to play these mostly at the church as I live in an apartment building and my neighbors woud not be too pleased if I played there. These particlar hats were a little lighter than I was used to, but have a very different sound then the Zildjian Avedis New Beats I was using before. I may still try and get a set of the darker, heavier unlathed Istanbul Agop Turk hats which just look and sound even more awesomER.
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Amazing drums. Awesome finish. The sizes are the best part, however. 20x22 kick and an 8x14 snare??!!! PERFECT!
I think this is my new favorite kit....
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I would feel bad playing that kit. It is just too beautiful. Have fun with that masterpiece.
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Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Great sizes and great finish. Congratulations!
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Wow, that`s an absolutely lovely kit!
This fine brown high gloss looks awesome with the black nickel hardware! Reminds me of the kit John Blackwell plays on his new DVD...

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:13 AM
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This thread reminds me that everything in the industry is cyclic. It could be 1984 again.

In 1984, tama offered artstar II with cordia...now it's back under SC
In 1984 Sonor made heavy shells....now sq2 has heavy shell options and yamaha (PHX) makes them.

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Amazing drums. Awesome finish. The sizes are the best part, however. 20x22 kick and an 8x14 snare??!!! PERFECT!
I think this is my new favorite kit....
I thought VERY long about the sizing of the toms to get exactly what I wanted. But I have to say that the decision came instanly when I first saw the size options on the two cannons. 20x22!? YUP! 8x14?! YUP!
My favorite overheard comment after we did the music at church on a Sunday has to be "I kept feeling this pounding in my chest...I think the electric guitar was too loud." And that was before the 20x22!

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I would feel bad playing that kit. It is just too beautiful. Have fun with that masterpiece.
For some funny reason, whenever I play this kit I feel the exact opposite of bad. I bought this kit never having seen the finish in person or having played another bubinga kit. I expected that the kit could never look as good as the nice glossy catalogue photos make it look, but when you sit behind it....oops I've got to go change my shorts again!

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Wow, that`s an absolutely lovely kit!
This fine brown high gloss looks awesome with the black nickel hardware! Reminds me of the kit John Blackwell plays on his new DVD...

Stunning!!

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Thanks Karl, it means alot from a guy with everyone's favorite fourpiece. I spent alot of time trying to find video/photos/sounds of the drums I was getting while I waited the eight months. I found John Blackwell's new trailer videos a week or two before they showed up. Could be a cool DVD.
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