hi, not necessarily a question for the WordPress site. Re: The Tama Star classic in the burnt fade colour that you had on several tours with David. Is it still with you? You said you had two kits gifted from Tama (the one in samadhi studios USA) and the one you had in the UK. I really liked that kit (colour spec etc). Sorry if the Q is a bit too “drummy”. I do love your work – have Extinct suite on repeat. However I am a drummer at heart so given to the odd gear question if you would be so kind to indulge me. Thanks.

I’m not sure about the burnt fade kit, perhaps that was on loan from Tama. Depending upon where I’m working Tama would either provide a kit in that territory (USA/JAPAN etc) or I would take my own (UK/EUROPE). For the last 15 years I’ve owned two Tama Starclassic maple kits, one in a ‘smokey black’ finish that I’ve not used live, and the other is a custom natural finish with a strip of mother-of-pearl running through each shell. Sometimes playing in Japan I will use one of Yukihiro Takahashi’s kits as we use the same. I’ve been gifted a number of kits from Tama over the years.

My first purchase was a tinted transparent kit made by a company called ‘Wooding’ followed by a navy blue Tama kit with concert toms which served me up until we had some success in Japan after recording two albums with it. With our first tour in Japan Tama supplied the kit and it was at that point I became an endorsee for them and was gifted a kit (probably the turquoise kit). This was upgraded some years later with a Tama Artstar kit with double headed toms. It was in 2001 that I received the kits that I’m using now. I don’t necessarily stick with the same snare though. I was using a pearl snare for much of the group JAPAN’s career and I used Sonor snares from RAIN TREE CROW onwards. I also have a good selection of Tama chrome, brass and maple snares.

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  1. Steve, I’m pleased to inform you that the aquamarine Tama Superstar i bought off you in 89 is still being lovingly looked after. In fact, the concert tom version is becoming something of a collector’s item! It still sounds great.

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