tama royalstar?

AveyTare

Senior Member
hello

anybody heard something about them? I've got an opportunity to buy them. are they worth the money? if yes, what about the price? how do they sound compared to starclassics? or they aren't even in the same league?

I will be glad for any input.
 

hawk9290

Gold Member
the Royalstars are vintage kits circa 1970s-early 1980s with 6 ply mahoganny shells + 2 ply shina. they are cool kits (as and vintage kit in good condition is), but they are not in the same league as modern Starclassic series' (birch, maple, or bubinga if you really want to drop some money)
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Look in a Guitar Center catalog or any on line shop. The cheaper side of under $1K. These Tama's are pretty rare because they were basically looked at as disposable drums. People spray painted them, thrashed them on stage, lit them on fire. If you can slip into a kit for $300 and it's in good shape, it's at least better than anything you can get new for $300. But don't pay $800 for them. You could pick up a used Pro level 3 piece for that kinda scratch.
 

AveyTare

Senior Member
thanks

I think I won't get them. hardware is a crap and buying new would make that kit REALLY expensive <welocem to Poland :/ >
 

vaaga-tama

Junior Member
thanks

I think I won't get them. hardware is a crap and buying new would make that kit REALLY expensive <welocem to Poland :/ >
Whoah WAIT... The Tama Royalstar kits may be vintage. But actually in a league a bit higher than that of the whole Rockstar line. They're similar in shell construction and tone. But with Shia and Mahogany they have the vintage BOOM of the old Imperialstars. I have an Artstar2, newer Rockstar Custom kit and a late 70's Royalstar kit. The Royalstar records the best out of all of them and is just a boomy, rumbly kit. It's awesome. an average shape R.S. should run you 4 to 600.00. But again as all instruments go it's a matter of preference. Hope this helps anyone.

Vaaga
 
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AveyTare

Senior Member
Whoah WAIT... The Tama Royalstar kits may be vintage. But actually in a league a bit higher than that of the whole Rockstar line. They're similar in shell construction and tone. But with Shia and Mahogany they have the vintage BOOM of the old Imperialstars. I have an Artstar2, newer Rockstar Custom kit and a late 70's Royalstar kit. The Royalstar records the best out of all of them and is just a boomy, rumbly kit. It's awesome. an average shape R.S. should run you 4 to 600.00. But again as all instruments go it's a matter of preference. Hope this helps anyone.

Vaaga
that was ages ago and i believe i've made a good choice by getting mapex pro m fusion instead.
 
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vaaga-tama

Junior Member
the one i was able to purchase was more than twenty years old i believe.
Yeah it's a shame tama doesn't really put out anything good these days. Like the first great thing they put out, was the Royalstar line. Mine is easily from like circa 78 the first run of them. It was a monster, until the Artstars came out. The starclassics I think are a lot of hype. My artstar 2s have gotten compliments from seasoned soundmen saying the recordability is far greater than that of the starclassics.
 

805Drummer

Gold Member
I know this is an old thread, but there's a deal on Craigslist that includes a Tama Royalstar kit, brand new heads, a double bass pedal, Paiste 200 hi-hats, and a seemingly vintage Sabian ride, all for $100, hardware included. Should I jump?
 

frank0072

Gold Member
I know this is an old thread, but there's a deal on Craigslist that includes a Tama Royalstar kit, brand new heads, a double bass pedal, Paiste 200 hi-hats, and a seemingly vintage Sabian ride, all for $100, hardware included. Should I jump?
Well, you know what we have told you about impulsive gear buying.

But you could jump and sell it for more money, I think.
 

805Drummer

Gold Member
Well, you know what we have told you about impulsive gear buying.

But you could jump and sell it for more money, I think.
That's exactly why I'm asking the forum first. It seems like a great deal, but I don't know much about the gear.

It's a Tama Royalstar, like I already said. All the ride says is Sabian, so it is definetely vintage. The double bass pedal is a Camco by Tama, and the Hihats are Paiste 200. It also includes a brand new snare stand, which alone costs 40 bucks.









 

timmdrum

Silver Member
I'd jump on that deal for the snare stand and especially the pedal; I've got a single Tama Camco pedal w/footplate (basically the left side of that one with the beater attached to it), and in 20 years I've never had any trouble with it. Still rockin' it. Hell, I've never even adjusted the thing- I like my pedals pretty tight and this one doesn't even lose tension in the spring. Awesome. Jump on that deal!
 

805Drummer

Gold Member
I'd jump on that deal for the snare stand and especially the pedal; I've got a single Tama Camco pedal w/footplate (basically the left side of that one with the beater attached to it), and in 20 years I've never had any trouble with it. Still rockin' it. Hell, I've never even adjusted the thing- I like my pedals pretty tight and this one doesn't even lose tension in the spring. Awesome. Jump on that deal!
Yeah, I think I will. Is the pedal valuable? I'm probably gonna re-sell most of it, unless I really like the drums. I'm also trying to see if he'll go down to $75.
 

805Drummer

Gold Member
Update: He'll do $75. But I'm consulting here first: Is it completely worth it? He might lower the price even more if I buy them today.
 

king fail

Senior Member
bro, if you can ship to the UK, i'll buy the pedal!

However, don't get too excited about the ride... seriously i've seen B8's that have been (ab)used so much, the ink has just worn off.
 
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