FIRST LOOK

Tama Su­per­star Class ic £699 www.tama.com

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

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.

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