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    Default Pearl BLX vs Tama Superstar

    While searching for a good used kit, I came across two older kits that both seem to have a good reputation and also share the same shell material. They also sound quite nice from the recordings I've come across.

    Tama Superstar (Super Mahogany) (for about $680 total)
    - Toms: 12", 13"
    - FT: 16" (assuming it was mislisted as 15")
    - BD: 24"

    Pearl BLX (blue) (for about $412 total)
    - Toms: 12", 13"
    - FT: 16"
    - BD: 22"

    Both seem to be in relatively good condition, with seemingly no damage beyond some negligible scratches. I'm not too keen on the Pearl tom mounting system, but I'm unsure if the greater cost is justified for the superstar. Any thoughts?

    Edit: the above prices were miscalculated. The Tama kit should be closer to $787, and the BLX around $472.
    Last edited by 51st_Alley; 12-26-2019 at 08:32 PM.

  2. NO KIT TOO BIG

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    Personally of the two i'd take the tama. The shells will be maple and will sing, and i've always loved the super mahogany finish, having been a huge fan of Neil Peart's Rosewood Tama kit from the early 80's. Also i'm not a fan of power toms, which i'd guess the BLX is (it was the fashion then), as i'm not the tallest of drummers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RushDrums24 View Post
    Personally of the two i'd take the tama. The shells will be maple and will sing, and i've always loved the super mahogany finish, having been a huge fan of Neil Peart's Rosewood Tama kit from the early 80's. Also i'm not a fan of power toms, which i'd guess the BLX is (it was the fashion then), as i'm not the tallest of drummers.
    The original Superstars are birch. And they sound amazing - I'd choose those over a BLX anytime, especially with a 24" kick.

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    I'd go for the BLX. Those drums have a lacquered interior and have a unique sound no other drums possess.

  5. Drumming Since 1943

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    BLX
    Way Too Much Crap

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    Superstars. Iconic drums. No plumbing required.

  7. Enjoy Every Sandwich

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    I'd go with the Pearl, mainly because it is blue. I'm not a fan of brown drums.

    Guessing these are a potential online purchase, but any chance you have the opportunity to play them both before making the decision?

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    I would go with the Pearl kit. Peace and goodwill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sticks4drums View Post
    Superstars. Iconic drums. No plumbing required.
    This!

  10. Rockin' the Cosmos..

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    they both have 12,13,16 .. so it's you who has to choose whether you want 22 or 24 .. that and the Tama is 9 mm thick and the BLX is 7.5mm thick

  11. Rockin' the Cosmos..

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_50 View Post
    The original Superstars are birch.
    actually the first generation were 6mm Maple with re-rings, then came the thick 9mm Birch shells

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    If really should be a simple choice.


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