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  1. There really is a Kalamazoo!

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    Default Crystal Beat vs Tama Silverstar Mirage

    Somehow I missed hearing about Tama's new Silverstar Mirage kit until today.

    It's priced the same as the Crystal Beat but it also comes with a matching snare.

    The battle of midline acrylic kits is ON!

    Has anyone seen both kits in person? any thought on which has the better build quality?
    I like the "free" snare with the Tama, but the clear bass hoops on the Pearl are pretty awesome.

    http://www.tamadrum.co.jp/japan/news...age/index.html
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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    I like the Star tom mounts for flanged hoops. Is that new?

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    If it's the same as on the regular Silverstar, it's been out a few years. It's basically just a regular RIMS-Style system, not like the Starcast system that clips to the rims like on the rockstar a number of years ago.
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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    I see. They do look good, though.

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    I haven't seen the Tama offering, but I got up close and personal with a tangerine tint crystal beat 1up, 2down.. No snare included, but it sounded absolute aces!
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    I think the clear acrylic bass hoop really gives the Pearl a great finished look that beats the look of the DW Design series and Tama Silverstar Mirage.
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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    that's a really fugly mount system on the tama.....looks like it's painted black? yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhythm Devil View Post
    I like the Star tom mounts for flanged hoops. Is that new?
    Turn-of-the-millennium Rockstar kits had Starcast Mounts and Trip-Flanges using rim clips.

    Quote Originally Posted by wsgnst View Post
    If it's the same as on the regular Silverstar, it's been out a few years. It's basically just a regular RIMS-Style system, not like the Starcast system that clips to the rims like on the rockstar a number of years ago.
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    I'd definitely go with Crystal Beats. I like the Opti/tube system (not a common opinion, I know) more than the L-rod system, the kick spurs on the Mirage's don't look nearly as sturdy as the ones on the Crystal Beats, and I like the sizes of the Pearls more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilledbongo View Post
    that's a really fugly mount system on the tama.....looks like it's painted black? yuck.
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    As for the topic: Crystal Beat vs Tama Silverstar Mirage? Key differences appear to be price, bass drum hoops, bass drum spurs, tom mounting, and snare (or lack thereof). Take your pick. Personally, I like the Pearl bass drum features and the Tama tom mounts. The Tama snare looks cheap, and the Pearl snare doesn't exist. The tama is more cost-friendly.

    Conclusion? Neither...

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