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Post  granstar on Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:59 am

Burning question, at what age do drums become vintage?


Often spotted on EBay Tama Granstars described as vintage. I guess they are becoming rare as some parts are like rockin horse do das to find. No one wants to part with them because they are a great kit, alongside superstars and artstars of the era, they have real wood in their shells, and IMO superior to todays renderings. They just get better over time, mainly because drum head quality is much better with greater choices these days.

I play a set of Tama Granstars iv'e owned from new 1991. After weekend warrioring them since they got a little scratched ( even though been cased all their lives) and so last year recovered them, and they are like new again. Cool

BTW some nice restored or well kept kits shown so far, credit to owners.
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:12 pm

Welcome granstar - I often thought the same thing myself, I think 15-20 years is the bench mark for vintage - 100 for antique ha ha. I totally agree with you on the tamas, I have played them since my second kit - the granstars are awesome made and sounding drums. I have my sunburst supers on trademe at the moment they are really well made. Can you post some pics of your kit?
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Post  mty on Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:28 am

granstar wrote:Burning question, at what age do drums become vintage?


Often spotted on EBay Tama Granstars described as vintage. I guess they are becoming rare as some parts are like rockin horse do das to find. No one wants to part with them because they are a great kit, alongside superstars and artstars of the era, they have real wood in their shells, and IMO superior to todays renderings. They just get better over time, mainly because drum head quality is much better with greater choices these days.

I play a set of Tama Granstars iv'e owned from new 1991. After weekend warrioring them since they got a little scratched ( even though been cased all their lives) and so last year recovered them, and they are like new again. Cool

BTW some nice restored or well kept kits shown so far, credit to owners.

welcome to the forum granstar. yep vintage tama's are a fav of mine too - my first kit was a 7 piece royalstar in gold finish. I should never have sold it.I think vintage is about 20 years in drum terms. Post a pic of your Kit!

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kit pic

Post  granstar on Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:46 am

I'll try dig up a pic 2 morrow. Recently got a new p.c and pics are all on disc ....somewhere. Drums are between gigs. Old time dance tonight, rock gig tomorrow, may snap one at one of those.

Hope this works ...

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=105924064&albumID=0&imageID=30164119


Kit was originally jet black, recovered with silver sparkle and retained the black hoops, well i like it, looks great under stage lights.
Toms 10,12,13,16, kick 20".[url=]Granstars kit[/url]


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Post  Mark [Admin] on Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:36 pm

Wow, cool kit granstar, I have had a few tama's over the years – I always liked the Granstar/artstar range. Whats the snare? superstar?
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My old Pearls

Post  Andrew G on Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:21 am

These were both close to basket cases when I aquired them. I use them both pretty regularly live. The WMP one was used by Dimmer a few weeks ago too. I thought it sounded pretty good.


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Post  Mark [Admin] on Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:27 am

Nice tubs man! great resto too. My very first set was a red tiger stripe version of your blue tiger kit.
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Ludwig 71 Maple

Post  DYNASONIC on Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:17 am



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Post  Mark [Admin] on Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:51 am

OMG affraid that is one nice looking luddy! Does it have the early 3ply with re-ring shells? What sizes?
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Post  John on Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:16 am

'79 Yamaha 9000 series. Birch shells. Thunder in the form of: 14x10 rack, 18x16" floor, 24x16" kick. Gorgeous.


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Post  DYNASONIC on Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:04 am

Mark [Admin] wrote:OMG affraid that is one nice looking luddy! Does it have the early 3ply with re-ring shells? What sizes?
Very Happy yep,24,18,16,15,14,13
14x6.5 supra super (1966 special alloy) 14x6 Maple 14X6.5 Dynasonic (brass) plus matching Ringo Let it Be Maple 22,16,14,13 etc with all original hardware .
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Post  John on Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:03 am

That kit is gorgeous, DYNA. Big drums with natural finish get me pretty excited. Never turning back Twisted Evil

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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:16 am

John wrote:That kit is gorgeous, DYNA. Big drums with natural finish get me pretty excited. Never turning back Twisted Evil

I've got an older 90's recording series kit dude – they own! You should be on the look out for a matching 16"
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:55 am

Ok here's my naturals tongue late 70's 6ply's 22x16" 13x9", 14x10" (not pictured) 16x16" – snare is a rare 79 Factory engraved black beauty super 14x6.5"


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Post  DYNASONIC on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:11 am

Smile fantastic snare , thats art .

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Post  John on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:56 am

that snare is gorgeous mark...

yeah, i've been eyeing up that double-kick 9000 on Trademe, but the seller's not too keen to split the 16" from the set...bugger it.

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Post  firetomysoul on Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:19 am

dam all these make me want an old luddy
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Post  granstar on Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:15 am

That brought back some memories Andrew, the old ( smoke tarnished) white pearls i started with, i think i only had a hi hat at the time and they were not too flash, but you got to start somewhere. The drums were in very bad shape when i got them (the term "munted" wasn't around back then), i gave them some life, bashed the crap out of them and sold them to another learner. Next kit was spanking new and probally one of the very first Tama met blue swingstars in NZ, and did me for next 10 years.
Dug out an old pic, notice i was into bikes, booze, and Led Zep ....nothing much has changed other than a nicer pad to live in
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Nice pic Granstar.

Post  Andrew G on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:04 am

Well my first kit was the same (can't find a pic) and was also followed by a new met blue swingstar and my first HP debt. I only had that for a couple of years before I lost focus on drumming. My next kit was a rough old Pearl Valencia kit bought using loose change from the sock draw before buying a Pearl (Professional series I think) in 1992. It was at least 10 years old when I bought it and I still own it. It's done a lot travelling with me since and has a few battle scars to show for it. I'm shortly going to strip and clean it up. It's been neglected for far too long.

Reading that back makes me feel bloody old actually.
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:22 pm

My very first kit was the same vintage pearl but red tiger stripe – I saved up and brought it off a guy in blockhouse bay, tom was painted white so I had to scrape it all off. 2nd was a mongrel yamaha/premier – had a chrome covered bass drum, orange pearl toms, all yamaha and a butterscotch premier floor tom with a red sparkle premier wood snare –if only I had kept the snare! My first real kit was a tama imperial star in dark blue 24,12,13,14,16,18 Rock on! cheers
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Post  Dylan on Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:29 am

Here's my baby. Pictured are 14" x 5 1/2" Cob, 10" 13" 16" 24x14". Also have 12" 14" and 18". Originally a 5-piece, I've added odd drums of matching model/finish/era over time. The 10" is a little newer than the rest of the kit but fits in nicely.


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Post  Mark [Admin] on Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:26 am

Walnut gretsch is as good as it gets... nice set dylan!
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Post  paradd on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:38 am




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Post  paradd on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:43 am

Old fart fighting the technology here. Before and after of 1948 approx Carlton kit. What I have done so far is mainly cosmetic and new heads and a Gibralta piccolo throw to replace the Carlton strainer. The trap is ready to go back on but the Chinatone tom is for disply only, the hads are not well. I am slowly working on other sound effects to add but there is not a lot of older stuff out there.

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Post  Andrew G on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:32 pm

I remember that kit. It looks pretty cool now. What size is the BD?
I have an 18" Carlton marching tenor drum that I plan to convert to a BD with clip on spurs...one day[img][/img]

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