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Old 12-10-2012, 07:00 PM
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Tama Artstar kit


Hi all, Haven't been here in a while, but I just bought a Black, five piece Tama Artstar kit. 22" Bass, 13" chrome snare, 13" tom, 14" tom and 16 " floor tom. It came with all the mounting hardware. It seems to be in decent condition. I got it for $100 at a local garage sale. From what I've read about these drums is that they are from the early eighties. If anyone would like to chime in that knows about Tama I would appreciate it. I will try to post pics after I clean them up. Thanks, Larry

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:36 PM
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Re: Tama Artstar kit


To get the most detailed info we will need photos of the badges and serial numbers when you get a chance.
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Well, I can't seem to get a photo to upload. Anyway the badges say Tama Artstar Custom, Premium Maple Shell , serial number, Made in Japan. The Bass drum serial # is 040887. The 13" tom is 040874. The 14" tom is 040876. and the floor tom is 040882. In my haste I didn't check the badge on the snare when I bought the set. As it turns out, the snare is a "Pacific" made in Taiwan. Not a Tama. The Kit seems to be in very good shape, some minor scuffs. Thanks for your help, Larry P.S. Is there some kind of trick to get photos to upload? I've tried a few times but, no luck.
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I did manage to post a pic of the bass drum badge and a pic of the kit in an "album" in my profile
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The easiest way to post pics is to open a photobucket account and add the link using the hyperlink button.
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The artstar sets were released in 1983 after Neil Peart made them popular by using his "Artstar Prototype" from 1982- 1985 on the Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows albums and tours.

The Artstars were made from birch wood sandwiched between two plys of South American Cordia wood. They had 9mm bass drum shell and 6mm snare, floor tom and tom tom shells.

Here is a link to the 1883 Artstar catalog: TAMA Catalogs

In 1986 Tama changed the shell thickness to 7mm and 9 mm and made them from Canadian Maple and renamed the kit the Artstar II.

The Artstar was very popular with rock drummers of the period because they were deep and loud. Stewart Copeland (Police), Gil Moore (Triumph), John Panozzo (Styx) and Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) and many more all used Artstars at some point.

Hope this helped you. In my mind for $100 you made a very very good buy!
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Re: Tama Artstar kit


Thanks for all your help Der Trommler! As you can see, I was able to upload a couple pics. I used the picture of the kit from the garage sale add on facebook. Everything in the picture for $100, I'm thinking I got a pretty good deal too. I hope to post some more pics when I get them set up. Now if I can just get some free time. Again, Thanks! Larry
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Re: Tama Artstar kit


Ah ok I overlooked the info from your first post but picked it up with the picture of the badge.

Those are Artstar Customs which have thicker tom shells than the Artstar (1mm to be exact), and are all Canadian Maple shells as opposed to the Cordia and Birch shells.

The Artstar Maple Customs were introduced in 1994 and were produced until 2002.

Your pictures indicate it has the Piano Black finish. There are a couple of things that seem odd to me about this set. The first being the hoops in the picture are triple flange and the AS Customs were only offered with die cast hoops and the other is the bass drum claw hooks should be cast (can't tell from this picture if they are or are not) and should not have wings on them.

When you are able post a close up picture of the bass drum claw hook assembly if you would.
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