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Old 01-23-2012, 06:13 PM
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My buddy finally got around to setting up his beautiful Superstar kit from his rockstar days, back in the 80's. He had all the bearing edges re-cut, and had the power toms shortened.



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Old 01-23-2012, 06:34 PM
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That's a really nice looking kit, is that a cherry red finish? What are the sizes? My guess is 24" kicks, 8", 10", 12", 13", 14" & 15" toms, 16" & 18" floors and 14"x6.5" snare. :)
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:56 PM
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That's a really nice looking kit, is that a cherry red finish? What are the sizes? My guess is 24" kicks, 8", 10", 12", 13", 14" & 15" toms, 16" & 18" floors and 14"x6.5" snare. :)
You got it. Can you tell him and I are friends. :) Guess who his favourite drummer is?
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:14 PM
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Guess who his favourite drummer is?
With the 8" & 10" toms positioned that way, I guess it's Mr Neil Peart, am I right?
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:15 PM
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With the 8" & 10" toms positioned that way, I guess it's Mr Neil Peart, am I right?
Oh ya!.............................
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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WOW i have a 1990 Tama rockstar (5 pieces, i"ll post some picture later), and that's exactly what i wanna do with it. Shortened my power toms and recut de bearing edges. But i have a question. Do you think it's possible to cut the toms to hyperdrive size?? Would they still sound good?? Are they thick or thin enough to be cut that size??
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:35 PM
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Beautiful kit. I would never have the toms shortened tho. Why mess with a classic?
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:43 PM
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Beautiful kit. I would never have the toms shortened tho. Why mess with a classic?
So you can play the thing without being 7 feet tall. :) Plus you get a better sound this way.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:44 PM
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WOW i have a 1990 Tama rockstar (5 pieces, i"ll post some picture later), and that's exactly what i wanna do with it. Shortened my power toms and recut de bearing edges. But i have a question. Do you think it's possible to cut the toms to hyperdrive size?? Would they still sound good?? Are they thick or thin enough to be cut that size??
I think the shortness would depend on the size of your lugs, and how much room you have in-between them vertically.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:50 PM
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So you can play the thing without being 7 feet tall. :)
I'm not 7' tall and I had a 14" power tom over a 24" kick :))
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:56 PM
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I'm not 7' tall and I had a 14" power tom over a 24" kick :))
Crazy man, crazy. Love the hair. I know. Many used to do it. I would be hitting my sticks into the front edge of the toms all the time. It was a better work out I guess. :)
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:29 PM
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I'm not 7' tall and I had a 14" power tom over a 24" kick :))
Vinny Paulish!!! Cool! Really love the finish.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:00 PM
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One of the cleanest Superstar kits I've seen of that era. They made standard size Superstars but I don't think they were too common back then. The power size toms are way too big IMO. What's your friend's address, I'd like to send him a congratulatory note on such a fine kit ;)
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:05 PM
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One of the cleanest Superstar kits I've seen of that era. They made standard size Superstars but I don't think they were too common back then. The power size toms are way too big IMO. What's your friend's address, I'd like to send him a congratulatory note on such a fine kit ;)
He reads this site all the time. He will appreciate the kind comments. NO, you can't steal it. :) He just recently bought his Bubinga Elite kit, so he has the best from a couple of Tama era's. He also has a Star kit that he just refinished.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:44 AM
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I don't remember if i posted them here before, if so i'm sorry. So here's mine with me playing it... :O. I used my 13 inch tom as a floor tom. I can't get rid of it. First kit i bought with my own money. Don't play it anymore so i took (lend it??) to my school. That way the students can beat on something decent.

Sticks i think you are right, there is not enough space between the lugs to cut them to hyperdrive sizes. Damn! By the way do you (or your friend) have pictures of his restore Star kit?? I'd like to get some ideas! Did he rewrapped it?

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:34 AM
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I love vintage Superstars, and this one looks just plain amazing.

Now your buddy needs to get a pair of white "TAMA Superstar" logos for his bass drums (and IMO remove the remo and evans from the heads to make them even). It's amazing what a huge difference a little logo on the bass makes on the whole kit's appearance.

Actually, those logos are a pretty good present for a friend.... ;)

Cheers.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:40 AM
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I love vintage Superstars, and this one looks just plain amazing.

Now your buddy needs to get a pair of white "TAMA Superstar" logos for his bass drums (and IMO remove the remo and evans from the heads to make them even). It's amazing what a huge difference a little logo on the bass makes on the whole kit's appearance.

Actually, those logos are a pretty good present for a friend.... ;)

Cheers.
Don't worry. My buddy is as anal as I am. He has another Black PS3 coming to match the other one, and he already has the white stickers to go on. You will also notice that he has his bass head rings taped like his good buddy Sticks. :)
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:19 AM
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Don't worry. My buddy is as anal as I am. He has another Black PS3 coming to match the other one, and he already has the white stickers to go on. You will also notice that he has his bass head rings taped like his good buddy Sticks. :)
Hahahaha, no, I didn't notice that, but now I do. Nice detail.

Now... I see he uses Evans heads on his toms.... Doesn't that bother you?? :P

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:47 PM
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Vinny Paulish!!! Cool!.
I agree for the drums config, but hey, I don't look anything like Vinnie Paul, haha :))

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Really love the finish.
Thanks, Artstar with Cordia (exotic wood) finish circa 1983-84, I do not have that drumkit anymore. :)
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:10 PM
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I'm not 7' tall and I had a 14" power tom over a 24" kick :))
Henri, what a fantasic picture, & a very cool looking kit. Those power toms are just perfect for the set.

Glen, I like the Tama too, but I have doubts about your "friend". Same style of setup, same drummer hero, both anal, same tape application, hmmmmm, does he sit on your shoulder and offer guidance?
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:23 PM
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That cherry red superstar is pretty!
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:34 PM
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Henri, what a fantasic picture, & a very cool looking kit. Those power toms are just perfect for the set.

Glen, I like the Tama too, but I have doubts about your "friend". Same style of setup, same drummer hero, both anal, same tape application, hmmmmm, does he sit on your shoulder and offer guidance?
No, just another person with really good taste!
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Those power toms are just perfect for the set...
Yes they are indeed, when you think that a 14"x14" is my biggest floor tom on my current kit, it's a totally different world :) I miss that kit sometimes, it was really sounding good :)
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:49 AM
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I agree for the drums config, but hey, I don't look anything like Vinnie Paul, haha :)))
Ha!Ha! Of course you look nothing like Vinnie Paul, but you do have a Rod Morgenstein's kinda look ;)
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The Superstars look well done, very clean kit. Love those Artstars too. Sticks, with you and your buddy's peart obsession you guys should move to North Bay, you would be hero's up there. Every french dude up there has the same story, my buddee is an awesome drumare, he has a 18 piece kit just like neal peert!
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Nice looking kit. It's just like the one in the Tama catalog I used to drool over in high school. I am starting to wonder, though. Do ALL Canadians have gianormous double bass kits with 7+ toms?
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:23 AM
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Nice looking kit. It's just like the one in the Tama catalog I used to drool over in high school. I am starting to wonder, though. Do ALL Canadians have gianormous double bass kits with 7+ toms?
No, Just the cool ones. :)
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