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Old 09-16-2011, 09:41 PM
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This is my Cordia kit, used every day and it likes about it :) Specially it has 2 13" toms.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:47 PM
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Beautiful wood grain ... I always loved the look of those ...
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:28 PM
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Holy crap. Power tom over load!!! Those are some HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE drums.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:28 PM
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Some people say, that Cordia was with 2 type of finish, but my kit includes both (BLOCK and Cursive 'Artstar' logo) types and color is just same in both.

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Old 09-16-2011, 10:37 PM
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These are (by diameter):

13 x 12 TT
13 x 12 TT
14 x 13 TT
16 x 16 FT
22 x 16 BD
15 x 8 SN

I have tested with several different heads, and did not find bad combination... 14 x 13 is very nice with Evans CS on top/bottom...

It works also with 13" + 14" on front... but as I like 14" as low tuned so much...


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Holy crap. Power tom over load!!! Are those two 14" racks toms?! 16-18 floors?
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:21 PM
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Holy crap. Power tom over load!!! Those are some HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE drums.
Yep!...that was the fad back then...I had a Sonor Phonics Plus kit in the 80's...it had 14X14 and 15X15 RACK toms!! on an 18X24 kick...lol... in addition to the 16X18 and 18X19 floor toms..
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Gorgeous drums, they were the Maserati of the 80's for production kits. Never got to play a set except a snare, would love to hear them.
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Beautiful kit! Love the finish, though I'm confused at the purpose of two toms of the same dimensions?
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:22 AM
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That is how this kit has been and how it was built in '80 for original owner. I am seeking 12" or 10" toms but it is not easy to find... However these can be tuned easily and by using combinations with heads, it works almost ok for my purpose even with two 13" toms.

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Old 09-17-2011, 09:04 AM
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These are quite loud drums! Used a lot but still working very well :)

Finland, year 1984. Total success of ONE band.
http://www.youtube.com/artist?a=4oVf...watch_metadata

Personally I am playing different kind of music :)

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Gorgeous drums, they were the Maserati of the 80's for production kits. Never got to play a set except a snare, would love to hear them.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:20 AM
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This band was very famous in Finland 1984-1989 etc:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfiTrQ2xHhM&NR=1
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:54 PM
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Wow, I haven't seen one of those sets in years. They are pretty.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:53 AM
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It would be really nice to see other similar good old kits in real use!

I am always having really good feelings after playing with this kit and it is really flexible in tuning also.

Plan is to replace/fix some rim bolts&nuts in future, as heavy drumming loosens some (but only few and not from snare). Maybe more (even more :) ) experienced person can give advice for old lugs.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:29 PM
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Hi

I had one of these back in the mid 80's, it used to be Tama's flagship drum line at that time, nice shells with outer ply and inner ply in cordia and four ply birch, loads of projection.

I sold it to a friend to buy an Artstar II (Maple shells) in 1989, I just love it and I am still playing it today.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:44 PM
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Thanks, I like very much to play with this kit.

Yesterday I replaced Pearl Eliminator 2002-C to new Tama Speedcobra...
It is really different. I am not saying that another is better. Only tested 3 hours and tried to find right adjustments for my right foot first. Beater is very light and suddenly Artstar 22x16 BD does not sound so loud anymore... I should be updating these pictures of my kit.
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Thanks, I like very much to play with this kit.

Yesterday I replaced Pearl Eliminator 2002-C to new Tama Speedcobra...
It is really different. I am not saying that another is better. Only tested 3 hours and tried to find right adjustments for my right foot first. Beater is very light and suddenly Artstar 22x16 BD does not sound so loud anymore... I should be updating these pictures of my kit.
Funny enough, I replaced my Tama Camco 3 weeks ago, The Speedcobra was on my shortlist, as well as the Iron Cobra Family, but after testing I decided to go for the Mapex Falcon as it comes with 2 differents cams (pursuit and glide) and 2 drive mode (chain or strap, with the possibilty to fit a direct drive unit as well at extra cost) and interchangeable weights for the beater (10g and 20g). I liked the idea of having the options of chosing differents combinations. So far extremely happy with it. But when I was choosing the pedals it was really touch and go between the Speedcobra and the Falcon.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:33 PM
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I wanted that kit so bad when I was a kid.

beautiful !

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:20 PM
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I will update pics during this week.

Pearl Eliminator has 4 cams and these are plastic, so it is very light from that perspective but hammer is heavy. I used black cams (and short periods red cams... ), which are shaped very basic. That was one point to select Speedcobra as movement looks similar to me.

After second session today, I got very good feeling of my new pedals. Will be adjusting still springs, but basically they are now good for me (And ordered spare pair of nuts and springs already). I will probably keep Eliminator at home for learning purpose... They seems to be selling old twin pedals very cheap in Finland at least, because of worn u-joints etc.

One detail I noticed also is my joint angles of link shaft... and slightly moved BD for easier, very light angle for joints. Both ends should have quite same angle, I think...
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I wanted tat kit do bead when I was a kid.

beautiful !
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Here's a picture of my Artstar Cordia from the mid 80's
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Here's a picture of my Artstar Cordia from the mid 80's
Whoar! Nice setup. Is that a 20" & 22" bass drum combo? Either way, in the 80's, that was a true high end kit, & probably still holds it's own today. Great picture, great kit, love it!
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Whoar! Nice setup. Is that a 20" & 22" bass drum combo? Either way, in the 80's, that was a true high end kit, & probably still holds it's own today. Great picture, great kit, love it!
It's the angle of the photoshoot that give the impression of 2 differents sized kicks.

It's actually 2 24"x 16" bass drums, 13"x 11" & 14"x 12" rack toms, 18"x16" floor tom, 14"x 5.5" Tama steel snare and 14"x 8" Sonor Signature snare.
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:39 PM
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Do I learn more by changing kit to minimal setup? Would it give me a better focusing to play and get rid of sometimes not so necessary fills etc?
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too funny, my post was from my iPad, damn auto correct.


I will try again, I wanted that kit so bad when I was a kid.

very nice
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Do I learn more by changing kit to minimal setup? Would it give me a better focusing to play and get rid of sometimes not so necessary fills etc?
Over the years I've changed the configurations of my drumkit(s), I had a 13 pieces kit with 11 cymbals at on stage. For the last 20 years I've reduced it to a 5 pieces kit with 6 cymbals.

However, sometimes the styles of music you play, somehow, dictate the drum set-up, if you play in a "Dream Theater" type of band, you'll need a few more drums.

Nowadays, my effort and work on the kit is all related to the groove, therefore, I don't need a large kit.

I find also that a small kit helps you with creativity by not having many drums to add color to your patterns.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:33 PM
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I have now learned that I can actually play much longer with minimal setup. I am still searching extra toms... This was a good idea, I think.

Now I am more thinking about cymbal replacements. I would like to keep tiny (left hand) Byzance china and K-custom DarkCrash, maybe also Amun Cast Ride, but just find a second ride...

This kit would also easily take big heavy china and some quality hihats and crashes... It is a endless list of wishes... :)
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:48 AM
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Drums: Tama Artstar Cordia RT13", RT14"(not in use),RT15", FT16", FT18", BD24" + 8x14 cordia snare

Cymbals: Paiste WildCrash 20", Paiste Rude Crash/Ride 20", Ufip Tiger Ride 20", Paiste Rude HH 14".

Still kicking Speedcobra and seeking impossible 10" and 12" Cordia toms.

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Black dot reso heads?
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Doted resos. were common for Tama back then. I had a Royalstar kit with white dots on both heads.
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Black dots top and bottom are still hip to me! Tony Williams used black dots top and bottom up until he passed away. Very cool.
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Interesting... I imagine it sounds sorta dead?
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Interesting... I imagine it sounds sorta dead?
A little, but not really. I have them as batters and they sound pretty good and are decently resonant
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:16 PM
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The wild dream is to order now 9X12 SC Bubinga Elite tom with Cordia outer layer... would it be perfect with 15", 16" and 24"... :)
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Well, since we are talking about 1983 Tama artstar Cordia drums, let me
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I know that hardware ... that kit must weight 2000 lbs! Their 80's hardware (from the Swingstar to the Artstar) was virtually indestructible. "Road proven" indeed.

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I covet your snare drum...
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Awesome looking kit ! Loved the sound of Tamas from the early 80s !!!
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That kit is a fkn beast!
Those drums look huge, and that collection of such a strong cymbals (rudes etc.?) Makes it look so metal kit!

I also love that how the artstar cordia looks, I love that wood- finish!
And that amount of toms...oh my god! That kit is so...80's! :D
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8 cowbells!?!?!
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:26 AM
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THANKS GUYS!
It took YEARS and YEARS to get that kit where it is today!
IF I had a TON of money I would ad this in the back of the kit.

With THIS cymbal set up.

However, IF I COULD, I would ad these percussion racks and
windchimes and triangles and crotales onto it as well.
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