Tama sees in 2018 with two major product launches. The first sees the introduction of the Superstar Classic Maple to the U.K. Drawing inspiration from Superstar models of old, its classic Tama T-shape badge and streamlined low-mass single lugs point to the simpler state of art of the ’70s, says UK distributor Headstock: ‘…while the ingenious Star-Mount system and new thinner gauge 100% maple shells eclipse anything in its class’.
Headstock goes on to say that Star-Mount System increases the resonance of drums, and provides support at four points on the batter side hoop of a drum. The bracket eye-bolts slide to the left and right, so it’s possible to prevent the eye-bolts from touching each other. even when setting up two toms close to each other.
The Superstar Classic Maple kit features:
100% Maple Shells – Tom Tom, Floor Tom & Snare Drum : 6ply, 5mm
Bass Drum : 8ply, 7mm
Available in three finishes – Blue Lacquer Burst, Coffee Fade, and Tangerine Lacquer Burst.
Both 22” and 20” Bass drum configurations available.
Tama’s second major New Year announcement is the launch of a brand new range of SLP Drum Kits
The new S.L.P. drum kits are based on the concept the S.L.P. snare drum series, which have become very popular worldwide for their wide range of features and sound characteristics. Like the snares, Headstock says, each kit model has its own original sound and distinct features such as hoops, lugs and tom brackets, that were carefully selected to achieve the full potential of its shell material. ‘Tama chose particular sizes and configurations for each kit to emphasize its individual character. Each kit really shines in particular musical styles and can help to enhance the quality of a band’s sound’.
The three kits and sound description comprise:
Extra warm with rich tone and focused attack
All Maple Shell w/Sound Focus Ring
100% maple wood hoops, coated with urethane for more durability
Open lively sound with great projection
All Kapur Shell
Sound Arc Hoops for attack, volume, and controlled overtones
Fat natural tone with enhanced mid-low frequencies
All Spruce Shell
Beautiful wood grain finish from hand selected spruce wood