Tama Superstar Class ic £699 www.tama.com
Tama’s Superstar line first came to prominence in the 1970s, fully representing the Japanese brand’s commitment to offering the best in sound, build and looks for budget-conscious drummers wanting to make an impact. With every new iteration the Superstar hasn’t strayed far from these initial intentions, while the spec has gone from strength to strength.
What sets the new Superstar Classic apart are its super-thin, 100 percent maple shells (6-ply/5mm toms and snare, 8-ply/7mm bass drum) and carefully cut bearing edges which combine to boost resonance and power. The kit also features Tama’s celebrated four-point Star-Mount system which further aids resonance whilst still offering flexible tom positioning.
The kit’s other appointments scream premium too, from the bass drum claw hooks with rubber spacers, to the triple-flanged hoops and Power Craft II drumheads.
At present there is only a single five-piece configuration available, but the classic 10"x7", 12"x8", 16"x14", 22"x16", 14"x6½ " set-up should please most.
The history buffs amongst you may have spotted the Tama T-shape badge and streamlined low-mass single lugs adorning each shell – a respectful doff of the cap to the original Superstar. While the blueprints of this kit may be four decades old, with sound and looks this good you know the new Superstar Classic is going to deliver the goods where you need it most.