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  1. Unban nik12

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    Default My 80s Tama Superstars

    Picked these up a couple weeks into quarantine, theyre refinished with black lacquer paint but the guy did a great job with them. These are gonna stay set up in my practice space and Im gonna be touring with a different set of drums just because I want to keep these as nice as I can, and touring with these big boys would definitely be a pain in the ***.

    13/16/24 are dated at 82, 18 floor is dated at 84 and the snare is unknown at this point, but the lugs make me feel like maybe late 80s/early 90s. I was considering cutting down the 13 to maybe 8 inches deep but after finally getting them set up, I think Im gonna leave the power tom alone. Theres some surface rust on some of the hardware which Ill eventually clean up at some point, but for now, Im just excited as hell to have them. Got them for a measly $400 too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchLyons View Post
    Picked these up a couple weeks into quarantine, they’re refinished with black lacquer paint but the guy did a great job with them. These are gonna stay set up in my practice space and I’m gonna be touring with a different set of drums just because I want to keep these as nice as I can, and touring with these big boys would definitely be a pain in the ***.

    13/16/24 are dated at 82, 18 floor is dated at 84 and the snare is unknown at this point, but the lugs make me feel like maybe late 80’s/early 90’s. I was considering cutting down the 13” to maybe 8 inches deep but after finally getting them set up, I think I’m gonna leave the power tom alone. There’s some surface rust on some of the hardware which I’ll eventually clean up at some point, but for now, I’m just excited as hell to have them. Got them for a measly $400 too!

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    Very nice. If you ever want to cut down that tom, I'd sent it to Gary at Precision Drum Company. He'd do a nice job for you. Also, if you ever find a newer MTH900 double tom mount, you could remove the second tom mount, and replace it with a cymbal boom for a splash, crash, or ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumming-4-Life View Post
    Very nice. If you ever want to cut down that tom, I'd sent it to Gary at Precision Drum Company. He'd do a nice job for you. Also, if you ever find a newer MTH900 double tom mount, you could remove the second tom mount, and replace it with a cymbal boom for a splash, crash, or ride.

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    So the older Superstars actually used some weird tube sizes, I’m not sure if that mount would work, but I’m pretty dang happy with my Omni Ball mount, I found it secondhand at a music store with all the original memory locks for $20! It’s era-correct, just wish the tom bracket was still on it. I picked up a Star mount today and it fits perfectly. They sound huge too! I am gonna end up getting a set of Roadpro hardware so I’ll have 2 complete kits, I’m really excited to gig these out!

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    That looks super nice!! What heads are those on the toms? PS3's? How do you like them? What do you have for the resonant side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawbone View Post
    That looks super nice!! What heads are those on the toms? PS3's? How do you like them? What do you have for the resonant side?
    Thanks bud! When I bought them, the guy had literally just put P4 batters and Ambassador resos on so I let them stay even tho I don’t typically like pre-muffled heads. They work really well with the big sizes though, might end up grabbing them again, honestly. The toms sound super fat and punchy, which I love, definitely wouldn’t want these to be any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchLyons View Post
    Thanks bud! When I bought them, the guy had literally just put P4 batters and Ambassador resos on so I let them stay even tho I don’t typically like pre-muffled heads. They work really well with the big sizes though, might end up grabbing them again, honestly. The toms sound super fat and punchy, which I love, definitely wouldn’t want these to be any other way.
    Looks good. Keep an eye on those old lugs. They are prone to snap off with too high a tuning. Ask me how I know.
    I bought a set of lugs off of ebay for back ups.

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    Killer set! Congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sticks4drums View Post
    Looks good. Keep an eye on those old lugs. They are prone to snap off with too high a tuning. Ask me how I know.
    I bought a set of lugs off of ebay for back ups.
    Good to know, I appreciate the heads up! These are tuned super low and I don’t think they’ll ever get away from that.

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    Those are so sharp. Put a smile on this old man’s face.
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    Wow! Considering they are not the original finish anyway, Id cut the 12x13 to 9 deep. I dont recall them being that deep. They must have had different choices.

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    That is not a 24x14. That’s a 24x16. If it were a 14” depth it would look a lot thinner.

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    Do the Superstars have the sprayed interior or is that just the Imperialstar?

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