An Ebay Win Story!

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  1. Tmcfour

    Tmcfour DFO Veteran

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    I've been looking for vintage drums that I can fix up and eventually make an orphan kit for myself. I came across a guy out of Rhode Island selling a stripped 14x24 mid 70s Tama Imperialstar (3 ply with rerings). It was a great price but local pick up only. So I figured what the heck and I emailed saying I'd be willing to pay the shipping. He emailed back a day or so later and said he was relisting it with shipping cost so I looked back and found it. The shipping was minimal so I snatched it up. Another day later he emails me again and says he has the 8x12 and 9x13 inch toms too and if I wanted them I could have them at no additional cost or shipping (the toms fit nicely in the bass drum). I thanked him and said absolutley and that that was really cool of him. So the end result was 3/4 of my orphan kit in shells that actually match (age and woodwise) for a grand total of about $45. I think that's a win! 20190216_151114.jpg
     
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    Nice man. Sounds like a fun project too. I bet those old shells will sound great.
     
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    Awesome! I love it when those things happen. Occasionally I have found helpful sellers like that, recently bought a few cymbals from the same guy and saved on them.
     
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    EvEnStEvEn ~Lounge Lizard~

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    I can vouch, they do, indeed.
    I got these 1983 IMPS from ebay for 200 shipped. 16x24, 10x12, 16x16, plus the 11x13 tom I don't use. Seller had just re-cut all the bearing edges beautifully!
    Wrapped 'em in Sparkl-Brite decorative crafts film for another 40 bucks. They've seen hundreds of gigs since.

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    shuffle DFO Master

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    Thats the way to do business.
    Nice fella there.
     
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    EvEnStEvEn ~Lounge Lizard~

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    Tcmfour - Sweet deal, will you rebuild 'em with Tama hardware?
     
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    Is that green? I was thinking of wrapping them in neon green satin flame
     
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    It depends on what kind of floor tom I can find. If I find an old Tama floor then definitely. But if I end up with something else I'll get aftermarket so that they match better (hole spacing dependent)
     
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    Yep, the guy was great.
     
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    EvEnStEvEn ~Lounge Lizard~

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    Gold Sparkle.

    You'll find an old Tama floor tom somewhere soon, there are jillions of 'em.
     
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    Great deal, congratulations.

    I to found a great deal (not drum related); at a RC Model swap meet last weekend where if you not careful a lot of the stuff is junk. I did fine two nice motors that normally sell for + or - $200.00. The first one never used .61 ci. had $100.00 marked and he just marked it down to $50.00 then a few feet from there found a like new used .91 ci. for $10.00 that needs a part, with shipping will cost less than $10.00. Yes they both are discontinued but with good care will last for years.

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    That's a sweet deal from an awesome seller.
    I also think they'll look great in green satin flame.
    Enjoy!
     
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    Update. Found a floortom. It's a Royalstar. Anybody know what wood they are? I know they aren't the Luan and I've heard they are Birch maybe? I have to do some work on this one like peeling off the wrap but I don't think that will be a big deal.
     
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    A quick look around the web says they are mahogany (6 PLY) and "shina wood" (?) (2 PLY).

    Apparently known for that "boomy vintage" sound.

    Here is a link to a 1975 Tama Royalstar catalog: https://www.tama.com/usa/support/catalogs/19750101000001.html
     
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    The Royalstars were 6 plies of Philippine "mahogany", and two plies of a Japanese tree called "Shina", which is a basswood (Tilia japonica).
     
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    Well, boomy vintage is what I'm hoping for so that should work! :)
     
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    Not to be confused with Shine-ola. :laughing6:
     
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    It's a shame that most people looking for this sound will pass up a kit like this because it's Philippine "mahogany" and mysterious woods in the basswood family. Maybe I'm imagining things, but I think these kinds of woods particularly sound better the older they get, more dramatically than others.
     
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    I was an early convert. I have an '83 imperialstar and the 16x22 kicks on that thing are straight up made of magic. I never loved my tom sound but I also never really worked with trying different heads. So with this project kit I'm trying some new things.
     
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    1980s Imperialstar drums are widely considered the best sounding of any Luan / Philippine mahogany kits.
    Mine is fat, warm and full of tone.
     
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