Our Starclassic Bubinga offerings now include an Exotic Finish line which feature extraordinarily beautiful exotic wood finishes, in addition to the regular lacquer finishes. Their shells are made slightly thicker than those in our Starclassic Maple series to provide a more aggressive attack, a fuller deep and dark tone, and more powerful resonance.
Numerous options are available to meet the varied and critical needs of professional drummers including a selection of more than 30 different shell sizes. Starclassic Bubinga also features three shell hardware finishes to choose from: Black Nickel, Chrome and Smoked Black Nickel. Starclassic Bubinga is simply an unprecedented combination of sight and sound.
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Shells (Starclassic Bubinga)
TT/FT: 8ply Bubinga + 1 outer ply Tigerwood 6mm
BD/SD: 8ply Bubinga + 1 outer ply Tigerwood 7mm
TT/FT: 8ply Bubinga + 1 outer ply Quilted Bubinga 6mm
BD/SD: 8ply Bubinga + 1 outer ply Quilted Bubinga 7mm
TT/FT: 6mm, BD: 7mm
African bubinga wood is approximately 53% harder than maple and birch.
Acoustically speaking, bubinga provides very sharp and aggressive attack combined with unbelievably rich and fat lows.
Our bubinga shells are slightly thicker than our maple drums which we have determined allows the drums to speak to their fullest.
Shell Depths (Starclassic Bubinga)
To achieve the sound and response you are looking for, Starclassic Bubinga offer a choice of six different depths ranging from the shallow Hyper-Drive to the cavernous X-tra Deep.
Also, the 20"x22" Ultra Deep bass drum size. This size provides thunderous low end combined with maximum resonance.
*Hyper-Drive sizes: 6"x8", 6.5"x10", 7"x12", 7.5"x13"
Star-Cast Mounting System
The Star-Cast Mounting System has always provided maximum resonance and stability for TAMA's pro-drums. A streamlined design makes it easier to position toms closer together for greater ease and comfort than ever before. In addition, a switch to aluminum provides lighter weight and even truer tonal vibration. Last but not least, Star-Cast is now plated to match your drum's shell hardware!
Quick-Lock Tom Brackets (US.PAT.NO.9269337) (Starclassic)
The new "Quick-Lock" tom brackets equipped on the Star-Cast Mounting System and on Starclassic floor toms have some very distinctive, ground-breaking features.
First and foremost, as their name suggests, these brackets allow for quick and easy setup and breakdown. But the real unique feature of these brackets is that once the drum is positioned on a tom stand or floor tom legs, there is no need to attach and adjust separate memory locks to save the setting. By simply sliding the switch on the tom bracket, the bracket separates into two parts. When the drum is removed for breakdown, the "memory lock" portion remains on the tom stand or floor tom leg. This saves your positioning and makes the next set up quick and easy.
These Quick-Lock tom brackets have some hidden acoustic benefits as well. Following the same principle of reducing vibration transference from drums to the tom stands or floor tom legs, these tom brackets also employ rubber lining to further isolate the drums and enhance resonance.
Hoops not only affect drum tuning; they also affect drum sound. That's why the choice of hoops was so important to the designers of TAMA's professional drum lines. For our Starclassic Series, we choose zinc die-cast hoops, which are manufactured by injecting molten metal into molds. Die-cast hoops have more density and are more consistent in shape than triple flanged hoops, which are manufactured by bending metal plates. Die-cast hoops make tuning more consistent and easier to achieve because the tension bolts always contact the hoop properly. Drums fitted with die-cast hoops also offer crisper attack, clear and resonant highs and much more powerful rim shots.
Claw Hooks(Starclassic Bubinga)
Starclassic Bubinga's claw hooks feature rubber spacers that help protect wood hoops from damage. The hooks and hoops work as one unit and won't separate or rattle, even on loose tunings.
Bass Drum Spur Bracket(Starclassic Bubinga)
TAMA's MSB30 die-cast bracket holds the spur bracket securely, thanks to the same powerful hinge mechanism used on the MTB30 mounting bracket.Unique memory markers found on the folding spur bracket help simplify set up.
Air Cushioned Floor Tom Legs
Starclassic's Air Pocket™ rubber feet feature a special air chamber, that eliminates the transfer of vibrations to the floor (which chokes sustain and sound) and absorbs shock for better playing.
Hold Tight™ Washers (US. PAT.NO.7307204)
The Hold Tight washer is a totally unique invention: a non-loosening washer! Its cup-shaped stainless steel washer contains a rubber ring so the tension rod pushes both the cup washer and the rubber ring. Normally, vibrations will eventually loosen the tension rod. But the softness of Hold Tight's rubber ring keeps it in contact with both the tension rod and the hoop at all times and maintains friction between them, so that tension is always preserved.
Evans® heads are featured on all Starclassic drums (except bass drum front heads). On the rack and floor toms, Genera G2 2-ply clear batter heads and Genera G1 1-ply clear bottom heads provide both durability and solid sound. Starclassic bass drums are fitted with Genera EQ4 clear batter heads.