Need advise selling a Tama drum kit, noob! ;-)

Hi guys, I've got a complete drum kit (Tama) and a semi complete kit that we have decided to sell. It belonged to my late brother. I'm a bass player myself, but I'm no good on the drums, so they've been sitting in an unused room for 2 years now, gathering dust... There's so many cymbals (Zildian) and other accessories, all in very good shape, yet I lack any real knowledge to estimate their worth. Selling a bass is pretty straight forward, but these drums? Is there any advise you guys can share? Do you sell the kit completely? Or do you sell the parts seperately?

Thanks
 

Al Strange

Well-known member
Hi mate, firstly sorry for your loss. Without pics and specifics it’s hard to estimate value. Typically you’d sell the complete kit, but cymbals can be sold individually (unless you want to sell everything together). Check eBay and the like for price comparables. All the best. (y) :)
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
I suggest:
  1. Clean the kit & cymbals (soft towel, no solvents).
  2. Set up the kit, with cymbals. Make it look good.
  3. Take a couple dozen photos. Post them here to get feedback on model, condition and watch a few members toss out pricing.
  4. Sell on reverb.com or eBay. Reverb fees are less than eBay + PayPal.
Try to sell the entire kit in one sale. It’a faster and the drummer will get the whole package. My guess is your brother would’ve like the kit to remain intact. Some buyers will want a single cymbal and/or drum. Don’t break the kit apart to sell one thing. It lowers the overall value.

When selling on Reverb or eBay, you can specify “pick up only”, and opt not to ship it. Packing & shipping drums is completely unlike packing & shipping a bass guitar. ?
 
Ok, that's cleared it up for me! I'll make it clean and post pics of the complete set here, plus all the parts of the non complete kit on here! Thanks again! ;-)
 
Take photos of the drums' badges and the cymbal stamps (if there is no ink stamp that designates the series). A lot depends on what they are - if these are high end Zildjian cymbals, selling individually (and offering shipping) is definitely worth it. Same goes for the snare drum. If they are from a cheap series, it might be easier to sell everything at once.
Edit: Too slow. :D
 

roncadillac

Member
You can post the sale here in the drummerworld buy/sell/trade thread (with pics of course). I feel like you have a much higher chance of interacting with a legit drummer who won't low ball you here versus craigslist for example. Also, you play bass so you may even meet a new jam buddy!
 
Hey, just took a few quick pics. Most of it is Remo, but the iron handles for the toms is Tama (got it wrong here). I can't find much more of info on the snares, toms, or kick drum, would like to know what series or type. There's an extra snare, high tom, mid tom (all Remo), bass drum pedal and one ride, extra hi hat, and crash. Crash seems to have no brand, so I guess it must be cheap or something. There's also an extra two large electronic drum pads from Yamaha, and two smaller ones from Tama, plus the seat, and a bag full of sticks and metal accessories.

You guys have an idea on its worth?


Thanks, Kris
 

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You mainly took pictures of the drumheads. We need to see the shells and badges! :)

Damn, you're right! hahahaha. Just checked again and it IS TAMA! Now I remember why I picked up the bass and not the drums! ;-)
The snare drum seems to be 'Sonorus Belgium' (?), and toms and bass drum Tama. Serial numbers in pics.
 

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Damn, you're right! hahahaha. Just checked again and it IS TAMA! Now I remember why I picked up the bass and not the drums! ;-)
The snare drum seems to be 'Sonorus Belgium' (?), and toms and bass drum Tama. Serial numbers in pics.


And Sonorus seems to be a Percussion Shop in Belgium.... Oh boy, I'm learning today.....
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Sorry for your loss, Kris. Tama Superstar's .... 10 lug bass drum. Looks like Super Maple finish. Birch shells. If that's an 18x16 floor tom, that's where the money's at. Hard to say with the angle. Measure across the widest part of the drum. With the rim on it, an 18" drum measures about 18.5". Do that with all the drums. Also measure the depth of the shell. I'm thinking the rest of the set 22x16" bass drum. 12x8 and 13x9 inch rack toms. Power toms would be 12x11 and 13x12. Again, the angle makes it a little hard to tell. Then there's condition. They look in good shape, but more detailed photo's are necessary. Underneath those rack toms is where the bass drum gets "tom rash" (from the rims hitting the wood). If your bass drum is clean of that, the better.

Just ballparking. Small rack tom $200. Larger rack tom $250. Bass drum. $350. Floor tom (if it's an 18) $400. There's still quite a following/demand for these drums. The Superstars were the flagship line for Tama, up until around 85/86 .... when they discontinued the name. Artstar, Granstar, and Crestar took over.
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Nice drums! Although I seemed to have been stuck in Granstar-land for the past 30 yrs, I do like the Superstars, and love the glossy finish.

EDIT: I've spent about $3K on Granstars over the last 5 yrs or so and would agree with Harry's price assessment.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Tama Superstar's .... 10 lug bass drum. Looks like Super Maple finish.
These drums?

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Maybe it’s the Mega-50 kit?

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harryconway

Platinum Member
These drums?
Maybe it’s the Mega-50 kit?
Yup. Those by they. If it's the Mega-50, and 24, 13, 14, 18 .... more money for the OP. And probably an "easier" sell as far as keeping the whole kit together. Superstar and Imperialstar are what put Tama "on the map". As such .... Tama aficionado's are willing to crack open their wallets for these drums.
Nice drums! Although I seemed to have been stuck in Granstar-land for the past 30 yrs, I do like the Superstars, and love the glossy finish.
Oh ..... I didn't know you were into Granstars. Post some pics, or drop a link. I'd love to see 'em. You probably know Blake (down in Encinitas). He's the big Tama guy in So. Cal. that I know.
 
The Superstars will be a lot easier to sell as a shell set (just bass and the three toms). You could try to sell the rest as packages or individually.
Regarding the cymbals: I saw no Zildjians - are there more cymbals? The Paiste 1000 might be about 40€ and the Alpha Hi Hats 80€.
Could you please post some more pictures of the first cymbal and the Istanbul, the 2 extra toms and the bass drum in the background?
 
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