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Tama Star

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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.

Star is the flagship line for Tama drums. It takes the knowledge and research we cultivated for the Starclassic series to the next level, by re-examining every detail to enhance shell resonance. Walnut has long been favoured by furniture makers for both its beauty and durability. As a drum shell material, Walnut's naturally EQ'ed tone has been praised by the drum community for both the stage and the studio. The Tama Star Walnut shells project booming low end with enough cut to be heard through any mix.

The shape of the bearing edges is one of the most important factors in a drum's sound. Star drums feature a rounder bearing edge shape than Tama's traditional bearing edge. This rounded peak provides more contact between the drumhead and shell, allowing vibration to travel from the drumhead to the shell more efficiently. Also, the peak position of the edge is 3.5mm from the shell's outer surface, which further improves contact between the drumhead and drum.

Star drums also feature die-cast zinc hoops, which are manufactured by injecting molten metal into moulds. Die-cast hoops are denser and more consistent in shape than triple-flanged hoops, which are manufactured by bending metal plates. Sonically, die-cast hoops provide crisper attack, greater projection and a more focused and powerful tone. Die-cast hoops also make tuning easier and keep drums in tune longer because of their density and consistency in shape. These hoops combine with the rich, resonant Star drum shells for a very well-balanced, full-bodied sound.

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