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Tama Drums

Get a great deal on Tama Drums at Drum Central with free delivery. Some of the finest Japanese-made drums available, including the Tama Starclassic.

Tama Drums are a brand of drum kits and hardware manufactured by the Japanese musical instrument company, Hoshino Gakki. They began manufacturing drums in 1961 under the name "Star Drums", named the owner Hoshino which translates to "star field". The drums were manufactured at Hoshino's subsidiary, Tama Seisakusho, which had opened in 1962 to manufacture Ibanez guitars and amplifiers. By 1974, Hoshino decided to make a concerted effort to make high-quality drums and hardware and start marketing its drums under the Tama brand. Tama was the name of the owner's wife, and is also a homophone with the Japanese word meaning "jewel". "Star" continues to be used in the names of many Tama drum models to this day.

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