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Old 12-20-2011, 09:24 PM
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Default Tama Starclassic Bubinga Elite

This is my Tama Starclassic Bubinga Elite kit. Bought it in March 2007, it was discounted because it was a demo model at the local drum shop, but it had no defects! That's a good way to buy a Bubinga kit if you ask me :)

The finish is Tama's Black Metallic Gold Inlay (IBMG). The photos reflect a 1 up 1 down setup ... I like having everything really close.

It took me years to finally be able to put this kit together. If you're still looking for the kit of your dreams, be patient. There is hope! I am still hoping to add a 14" floor tom, but boy are they hard to find ... buying it new from Tama would cost almost $1000!

Drums:
  • 14" x 6" Tama Starphonic Aluminum snare
  • 14" x 6.5" Tama Starclassic Bubinga snare
  • 13" x 3" Pearl Steel Piccolo snare
  • 10" x 8" rack tom
  • 12" x 9" rack tom
  • 16" x 14" floor tom
  • 22" x 18" kick

Cymbals (updated Feb 2012):
  • 14" Zildjian A Custom hi-hats
  • 17" Zildjian K Custom Dark crash
  • 18" Meinl Byzance 18" Traditional Medium Crash
  • 20" Zildjian K Custom Dark ride

Hardware:
  • Tama Iron Cobra
  • Tama Roadpro
  • Evans batter/reso heads
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:31 PM
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Beautiful! If you take away the gold inlay, you have what I have, a custom color. You think it's hard finding extra drums? I have to special order and pay a premium, and then wait six months! Which is why I haven't added to my kit at all.

The metal grey is much prettier in person, isn't it? Nice kit!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:38 PM
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Here's mine by the way....
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:18 PM
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Bo,

Wicked kit, yours looks great. That black metallic really is something you've gotta see in person. I love the Copeland snare, was thinking about getting one but I might get a Starphonic instead. I have the damnedest time getting my bubinga snare to sound the way I want it, it is a really difficult snare to master.

Also I saw on your blog that you got into sequencing/sampling. I've been eying the Roland SPD-S for a while, and now am also looking at the Yamaha DTX Multi-12 pad. Would love to add a sampling pad to the setup for even more fun!

Cheers.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:03 PM
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Bo,

Wicked kit, yours looks great. That black metallic really is something you've gotta see in person. I love the Copeland snare, was thinking about getting one but I might get a Starphonic instead. I have the damnedest time getting my bubinga snare to sound the way I want it, it is a really difficult snare to master.

Also I saw on your blog that you got into sequencing/sampling. I've been eying the Roland SPD-S for a while, and now am also looking at the Yamaha DTX Multi-12 pad. Would love to add a sampling pad to the setup for even more fun!

Cheers.
Thanks. Actually, I did mostly sequencing in my day. Got to the point where I was dragging around a powerbook 540 back in the day (and even earlier versions before that) and knowing MOTU's Performer (this was pre-Digital Performer) like the back of my hand. I miss those days, yet don't miss those days, you know what I mean?

Regarding wood snares in general, I guess I have a slight aversion to them because I can never get them to sound good. A friend let me install heads on his then-new Noble & Cooley years ago and I wasn't satisfied with what I could do with it to make it sound nice. It must just be me, because alot of people get great sounds out their wood snares.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:59 AM
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i think you have to play with how the wood reacts a lot more... for example my 14x5" king beat imperial star will tune to pretty much anything, low->high and it still sounds decent, but my 14x5.5" b/b starclassic snare will only go from a medium high -> high... any lower and it'll sound so bad.... i think bubinga's really suited for higher tuning, since it's such a hard wood.


nevertheless you have a beautiful drum kit there!
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:02 PM
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I keep my Bubinga drums tuned fairly low and they all sound spectacular. I'm using Evans G2 clear over G1 clear heads. Maybe birch/bubinga might sound a bit different with the way I tune my kit.

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Old 12-21-2011, 02:12 PM
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Very nice! I love the warmth and roundness of a low-tuned bubinga kit!
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:51 PM
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Love a TAMA bubinga kit. Looks like some of our pics would make great wallpaper. Nice shooting!
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:55 PM
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I like your kit man, I'm a fan of Tama drums...

Nice artistic photoshoot too... like walkera1962 said, some would make a good desk wallpaper... :-)
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:38 PM
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Sorry to split hairs but I was just wondering, is this a Bubinga Elite? I didn't think the regular Bubinga's were available in that finish? Love the kit by the way.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:57 PM
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Correct! Bubinga Elite.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:16 PM
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This is my buddy's new Bubinga Elite kit colour. Quilted Mocha Burst. Probably one of the best out there.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:19 PM
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This is my buddy's new Bubinga Elite kit colour. Probably one of the best out there.
Now that's really pretty!
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:25 PM
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Amazing what you can buy with 6 thousand Canadian for 6 Pieces. :/
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:48 AM
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Amazing what you can buy with 6 thousand Canadian for 6 Pieces. :/
I live in northern BC myself, and those are up around the 6800 mark here.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:28 AM
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Amazing what you can buy with 6 thousand Canadian for 6 Pieces. :/
I think it needs a second bass drum though ;)
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:40 PM
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That Quilted Mocha Burst is fantastic. And yes, my kit is the Bubinga Elite. I got the 4-piece (toms, kick) back in 2006 as a floor model at Guitar Center for $1800. Added the snare for $300 mostly for value. As I said earlier, I've had the snare for 5 years and am still wrestling with it over tuning.

The 14x6.5 snare rings a lot (check out this demo) ... I'm considering switching out the metal/nylon washers for Tama's nylon-only to try and decrease the ring. I'm also probably going to buy a Starphonic Aluminum (see great Starclassic Bubinga/Starphonic demo here).

More Starclassic! Cheers.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:42 PM
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That Quilted Mocha Burst is fantastic. And yes, my kit is the Bubinga Elite. I got the 4-piece (toms, kick) back in 2006 as a floor model at Guitar Center for $1800. Added the snare for $300 mostly for value. As I said earlier, I've had the snare for 5 years and am still wrestling with it over tuning.

The 14x6.5 snare rings a lot (check out this demo) ... I'm considering switching out the metal/nylon washers for Tama's nylon-only to try and decrease the ring. I'm also probably going to buy a Starphonic Aluminum (see great Starclassic Bubinga/Starphonic demo here).

More Starclassic! Cheers.
You got a very good deal on those. Congratulations!
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:59 PM
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Wow. Gorgeous kits, guys. I'm a huge fan of the Starclassics.
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I have yet to play on a Bubinga kit, but the Tama finishes are second to none, the Quilted Mocha and Molten Lava are my two favourites.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:19 PM
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I have yet to play on a Bubinga kit, but the Tama finishes are second to none, the Quilted Mocha and Molten Lava are my two favourites.
Well I wouldn't say second to none, but they are good. I also really like the Lava. When I got my new Limited Edition kit, the burl finish reminded me of both of these finishes.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:24 PM
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All your kits are beauties. Tama makes such classy stuff.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:52 AM
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To the OP, that is such a beautiful kit, and it probably sounds amazing too !! Classy finish, and the pictures are great quality as well. Any sound clips/videos? :-)

In general you all have lovely kits, I bet you're real proud of them ! (specially Sticks4Drums' kit, that "natural" finish is superb)
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:52 PM
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To the OP, that is such a beautiful kit, and it probably sounds amazing too !! Classy finish, and the pictures are great quality as well. Any sound clips/videos? :-)

In general you all have lovely kits, I bet you're real proud of them ! (specially Sticks4Drums' kit, that "natural" finish is superb)
It's actually my buddy's kit, but I get to look at, and play it when ever I like. :)
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:07 PM
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To the OP, that is such a beautiful kit, and it probably sounds amazing too !! Classy finish, and the pictures are great quality as well. Any sound clips/videos? :-)
Thanks! Unfortunately I don't have any good recordings of it yet, still working on getting a basic mic setup so I can record some video. Get something up when I can!
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:26 PM
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It's actually my buddy's kit, but I get to look at, and play it when ever I like. :)
You are indeed a lucky guy to be able to play this beautiful kit when ever you like AND be fortunate to play your monster kit when ever you feel like it, I'm utterly jealous about it. ;-))
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Now that's really pretty!
Agree!..that's a pretty kit!...especially like the black chrome with that finish...
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January 2012: I just posted some more pictures of the kit in its usual 4pc 1u/1d setup. Also some photos of my new Starphonic Aluminum snare which is WICKED. Cheers all!
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That one up one down config is sexy! I love that position for a ride.
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Here's mine by the way....
Are those the hyperdrive size toms?
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:15 PM
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Are those the hyperdrive size toms?
Yes they are. 6.5x10 and 7x12 rack toms. They sound really good to me, and being a shorter guy, it fits really well.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:04 PM
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Do they always offer those on the elites, or where your's special other than the color?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:43 PM
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I think they offer you whatever you want at the elite level. They do offer the hyperdrives on all their other lines, so I can only assume it's a pretty standard thing. I'm not that special ;)
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:46 PM
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Do they always offer those on the elites, or where your's special other than the color?
I bought my kit locally, didn't special order. But mine aren't hyperdrive. To be honest I haven't seen too many hyperdrive bubinga kits at any local stores, but I'm sure Bo is right. At the price, they've got to offer either...
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I think they offer you whatever you want at the elite level. They do offer the hyperdrives on all their other lines, so I can only assume it's a pretty standard thing. I'm not that special ;)
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Regarding wood snares in general, I guess I have a slight aversion to them because I can never get them to sound good. A friend let me install heads on his then-new Noble & Cooley years ago and I wasn't satisfied with what I could do with it to make it sound nice. It must just be me, because alot of people get great sounds out their wood snares.
I know what you mean. I have been a metal snare player pretty much all of 35+ years of playing. Ludwig supras, black beauty or hammered bronze. They sound awesome, but I was in search of a wooden drum to add to my arsenal. I played my 6.5x14 supra exclusively for the last 10 years or so, and sometimes in certain rooms it seemed to have a mettallic tonality that bugged me a little bit and I thought maybe a wooden drum would solve that. Hence the search began and I just couldn't find one I liked. They didn't have the "pop" and high end cut I was used to. Until...I found my recent addition, the Joyful Noise legacy maple. It has the "pop" and cut, but it also has the warmth of a wooden shell in a very desirable way. It's almost as cutting as my supra, but it's just a tad mellower (in a good way, still loud and agressive and will not choke no matter how hard I hit it) and has a beautiful tone that really sounds sweet mic'ed up. I really like it and will probably alternate between the two snares as the sound of the room dictates. If I play a room that sucks the mids and lows out of the snare sound, I'll probably go with the maple. Likewise if I play a room that is middy and muffled sounding, I'll go with the supra for some additional cut and bite. Both drums are great.
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