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I am curious about how others view Tama's drums. To me, they're right
up there with Sonor as one of the most consistently high quality and
impressive drum companies. I also love Tama's punchy sound. Their
drums are well crafted and their hardware is top of the line. Of the
Big Three Japanese Drum Companies, I'd probably give them the edge
I grew up in the 80s, when Tama was king! They've always had a
certain mystique for me. Then again, there are things I love about
Yamaha, Ludwig, Taye, and Mapex. But I'd be curious to know how
others see Tama in relation to other drum companies.
I'm a HUGE Tama fan and currently own 3 Tama kits. I began playing Tama in
my impressionable teen years because Neil Peart played them. However, I kept
playing them long after Neil moved on to other companies because they sound
and look great, and I've always felt their hardware is the most innovative,
practical, and well designed on the market. I always get compliments on my
drum sound, whether live or in the studio. And to be honest, I don't change
my heads very often. I've never changed the heads on my Maple kit (acquired
in Dec. 2003) and it still sounds great. It's not because I don't have the
heads, as I actually have practically a drum shop's worth of new heads ready
for installation. If it ain't broke, I don't fix it.
I got my first Tama kit (my 3rd kit overall) in 1986, and it was a used
Imperialstar in Metallic White. My next kit was a brand new Candy Apple Red
Superstar in 1987 (I still use it on every rock gig). I added a brand new
Starclassic Performer to the arsenal in 2000. I later "upgraded" to a used
Starclassic Maple in late 2003 and sold the Performers to legendary RMMP'er
jmt. Oh, I almost forgot. About two years ago, I picked up an old 1974 Tama
Royalstar in silver (almost identical in color to my first set of
Imperialstars) for my secondary teaching studio.
Yeah, Tama rocks.