Submitted May 5, 2017 by Arthur R in Springfield, MA
"Great for the money."
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I record often and play drums in two different bands. A second kit was inevitable. I own an original Star Classic Maple from '94 and decided to go with another, lower line, kit as a secondary. After researching different makes and models, with different types of wood, I stayed with Tama. I love the sound of maple kits, so the obvious choice was the Superstar Classic. The tonal quality is still top notch and the price is right. They also look fantastic. That said, being a lower priced kit, they did cut back on certain things. Not a big fan of the new Star Mount system. The old Starcast mounted the rim of the drum, allowing them to stay in tune longer and making it easy to change out drum heads. The current system mounts on the lug, like the old 'Rims' mounts. This causes them to go out of tune during the course of a studio session or live gig. Not badly, but I like not having to worry about it happening. The rims, themselves, are cheaper. Lighter, thinner and the lug screws are machined in a way that not all drum keys will fit properly. I had one of my nice torquing keys stick to the soft metal and mess up the tuning when trying to pry it off. The hardware is solid. Tama knows drummers need good, tough hardware that will hold up to years of gigging. It does come with the Iron Cobra 200 Series hi-hat and kick peddle. I don't use the kick since I have a nice Yamaha double peddle. So, other than the minor complaint of Star Mount and lug screws, the kit looks and performs perfectly.
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