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.