Tama have been designing and manufacturing high-quality drum kits, snare drums and hardware for over 50 years.
Owned by the company Hoshino Gakki, who also make Ibanez guitars, Tama released their first range of “Star Drums” in the 1960s.
The name Hoshino, which is the family name of the company founder, translates as “star field”, which is where the brand name “Star Drums” came from.
Today Tama continues to produce its higher-end products from its manufacturing base in Seto, Japan and its hardware and less expensive kits in Guangzhou, China.
Used by a range of drummers from new players to touring professionals, Tama stand for a high level of quality production and innovative design.
Featuring a 22” x 14” bass drum, 14” x 5.5” snare and 13” x 9” tom their first Ensemble No.6 drum kit was marketed as “Reasonable, Reliable, Economical”.
Though no longer marketed in the same way, these are still key principals to the Tama ethos.
Since the introduction of their Star Drums range in the 1960s, Tama have gone on to produce a varied range of percussion options from the Tama Swingstar and the Imperialstar to the Artstar and Rockstar.
Today, Tama has built on its experience to produce a wide variety of kit, snare and hardware options to help you build your ideal set up.
Using innovative designs such as the stick save counterhoop and the 1st chair throne, Tama continue to produce clever features and well-engineered details to ensure the highest standard of functionality in their hardware.
From the super successful Iron Cobra range to the higher end Speed Cobra series, it’s easy to see why Tama continue to be at the forefront of drum industry design.
Loved and used by a range of artists including Anika Nilles, Billy Cobham and Stewart Copeland, Tama continue to develop and produce drum products to the highest standard possible to ensure drummers of all styles and abilities have access to the best drums and hardware.
From the Swingstar of the 1960s to the Starclassic kits of today Tama have used their experience and wealth of knowledge to produce a series of drum kits for all abilities that have innovation and quality at their core.
Beginning at the top end of the Tama Drum Kits range there’s the Star Series. Featuring 3 different kit options; the Star Bubinga, Star Maple and Star Walnut, this series delivers the highest standards of drum production possible.
Each kit features high-quality shells, specifically designed bearing edges and the super resonant mounting system to ensure the most luscious shell response.
The second in line are the Tama Starclassic Drum Kits. Again featuring 3 options this range includes the Starclassic Bubinga, Starclassic Maple and Starclassic Performance B/B which consists of a birch / bubinga hybrid construction.
Each of the Starclassic kit options features the Star-Cast Mounting System, Swivel-Wing Tom Holder, Die-Cast Hoops and Claw Hooks ensuring the highest attention to detail when it comes to shell hardware.
The Tama S.L.P range of drum kits are a brilliant option for the intermediate drummer. Consisting of the Studio Maple, Fast Spruce and Dynamic Kapur kits, the Tama SLP series features a range of different hardware variations.
The Studio Maple comes with stunning Maple Wood Hoops as standard, while the Dynamic Kapur is fitted with Sound Arc Hoops and the Fast Spruce is finished with Die Cast Hoops, each helping to emphasise the distinct tonal characteristics of each shell material.
The Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive is a brilliantly affordable, quality drum kit perfect for the intermediate player. Available in Duo and Maple models, the Hyper-Drive Duo features a Duo Snare, which is a 14” x 10” floor tom that is equipped with snare wires to enable the possibility to achieve new and exciting sounds.
Meanwhile, the Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Maple features a 2 up 2 down configuration and short depth toms to deliver a quick, punchy attacking tone.
The Tama Silverstar is a superb starter kit for the new drummer. Delivering top features at a great price, this kit has 100% birch shells, traditional size toms and comes fitted with low-mass lugs, slidable tom holder, and the Star-mount system to ensure easy, stable positioning and unrestricted resonance.
At a similar price point to the Tama Silverstar, the Tama Superstar Classic is instead constructed from 100% maple to offer a different tonal response than the Silverstar.
Next up is the Tama Imperialstar Drum Kit. Offering superb durability at a brilliantly affordable price these beginner to intermediate drum kits come in a range of configurations, feature 100% poplar shells, have Tama precision bearing edges and feature an option of stunning wrap finishes.
Add to that the fact that they come with hardware and you have an amazing full drum kit set up at a brilliant price. Simply add cymbals and you’re good to go!
For the absolute newbies there’s the Tama Rhythm Mate. A superb first drum kit, the Rhythm Mate features a full 5 piece set up and comes complete with cymbal stand, drum throne, tom holder, and bass drum pedal to make sure you start your drumming journey on the right path.
If you’re in need of a smaller drum kit set up for home practice or little venue gigs, Tama also offer compact kits to meet your needs.
The Tama Cocktail-Jam and Cocktail-Jam Mini offer a brilliantly compact and portable kit set up ideal for busking, gigs where you’re tight on space or for flat or apartment practice when you don’t have room for a full kit. The whole kit fits into the included carry bags for an unbelievably portable superb sounding set up.
Another brilliantly portable option is the Tama Club Jam series. Offering a superbly compact 1 up 1 down set up, this kit features a mersawa / poplar hybrid shell construction and vintage style bass drum mounted cymbal holder for even further space saving.
Tama have various snare drums on offer including a range of signature models, from the Mike Portnoy and Lars Ulrich signatures to Stewart Copeland, Peter Erskine and Simon Phillips snares.
At the entry-level end of the range, there are the Soundworks Snares. This series includes maple, Kapur and steel snare options with each model available in 2 different sizes.
Delivering a great range of tone at a super affordable price these snares are a great way to upgrade the standard snare that comes with beginner kits.
Next up the ladder are the Tama Starphonic Snares. This range offers a range of different materials and sound options to cover a variety of musical styles and situations. Featuring two wood options; the Starphonic Maple and Starphonic Bubinga, this series also has Brass, Bell Brass, Aluminium, Stainless Steel and Steel options.
So, no matter what your preferred sound there’s a snare for you in the Tama Starphonic range.
Delivering high-quality construction and top end hardware features, the Tama S.L.P snare range has proved very popular. Featuring Aluminium, Steel, Bronze, Brass, Bubinga, Spruce, Walnut, Maple, Birch and Kapur options this is an extensive range of snares.
Each snare delivers a specific sound characteristic with hardware designed to emphasise the individual personalities of each snare. Superb sounding snares at an affordable price!
The Tama Starclassic Snare range features three snares to match the drum kits from the same range. The Starclassic Bubinga, Starclassic Maple and Starclassic Performer B/B are the ideal companions to their respective drum kits. Or mix and match for a variation of tone.
The Tama Star Reserve range of snares was designed to offer a limited line of special snares with each providing its own unique tone. Consisting of 5 volumes, Vol.1 is a Solid Maple snare, Vol.2 is a Bubinga / Maple hybrid with an Olive Ash Outer Ply, Vol.3 is Walnut / Bubinga with maple reinforcement rings, Vol.4 is a Hand Hammered Copper and the Vol.5 Stave Jatoba completes the line-up.
Each of these snares has been meticulously designed and manufactured with intricate attention to detail to ensure the highest possible standards and it truly shows in both their aesthetic and their sound.
Lastly, there’s the Tama Star Snares. This range consists of Bubinga, Maple, Walnut, Solid Maple, Solid Mahogany, Solid Zebrawood, Stave Ash and Stave Walnut and the series features a consistent hardware set up across all snares, allowing the shell construction to shine.
Or, perhaps you’re looking for something completely different when it comes to your snare? In which case, there are the Tama Mini-Tymp Snare Drums. These drums are a blend of a mini tympany drum and a snare drum to offer a unique tone ideal for adding a new sound option into your drum kit or percussion rig.
As well as drum kits and snare drums, Tama also offer an extensive, well designed and brilliantly produced range of hardware.
From popular bass drum pedals to road-ready snare stands, hi-hat stands, cymbal stands and innovative drum thrones, Tama have a variety of options for new drummers to gigging professionals.
Beginning with the entry-level stage master and 60 series hardware that delivers no-nonsense super durability and reliability to provide a set up you can rely on, Tama also have a range of feature-packed top-end options included the Star series and Roadpro ranges.
There’s also the Tama Classic range that provides a vintage aesthetic combined with modern manufacturing techniques to provide space saving, lightweight options that don’t compromise on stability.
You can’t mention Tama hardware though without pointing out their unbelievably popular Tama Speed Cobra and Tama Iron Cobra pedals and hardware.
The Tama Speed Cobra series features innovative design and intuitive engineering to offer a single and double bass drum pedal that is packed with user-friendly functions, easy adjustability and a brilliantly smooth, responsive playing feel.
Delivering maximum power with minimum effort the Tama Speed Cobra is a professional quality pedal at a remarkably affordable price.
Meanwhile, the Tama Iron Cobra options provide a smooth, effortless performance and comfortable playing feel to ensure you get the most out of your bass drum pedal. Offering a variety of options from the lower end 200 option to the highest 900 Iron Cobra, there’s a feel to match every budget in this range.
From the first ever Tama kits in the 1960s and the innovative Octobans of the 70s to the industry leading Iron Cobra of the 90s through to today’s successful Starclassic ranges, Tama continues to build upon its history to create forward-thinking designs.
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