Fantastic Tama Imperial Star Drum Kit For Sale


Fantastic Tama Imperial Star Drum Kit For Sale. 1980 Call Charles at 770-540-1939 Thanks for looking. 

A little about the difference between the vintage Imperialstars from the 80s (mahagony 9ply,zola-coated) and the newer ones (poplar 6ply).
Most of the drummers say that old vintage models has better sound,and higher quality.

No comparison really. I don’t think it’s a good idea that Tama is reusing the Imperialstar name on these new drums. The vintage Imps were hardcore, heavy, high-quality drums that sounded great and held up under heavy use in long tours, etc. They miked up well and sounded great, whether tuned low, medium, or cranked up tight like Stewart Copeland’s kit. I had a new 13″ Imperialstar recently, made in China, that I bought to go along with my Stagestar kit; it looked fine, but it sounded not so good. No matter how I tuned it, no matter if I put a Remo Emperor or Ambassador on it, it sounded dead – no tone, no resonance. The wood in the new drums is not real good wood. I’d rather have a vintage, entry level Swingstar in good condition than a brand new, shiny set that doesn’t sound very good. My advice would be to buy a well-made, quality vintage Tama set, unless you have the bucks to purchase a high-end Starclassic.

This is what I have. If you know good drum sound the above information is redundant. 

Fantastic Tama Imperial Star Drum Kit For Sale. 1980

A little about the difference between the vintage Imperialstars from the 80s (mahagony 9ply,zola-coated) and the newer ones (poplar 6ply).
Most of the drummers say that old vintage models has better sound,and higher quality.

No comparison really. I don’t think it’s a good idea that Tama is reusing the Imperialstar name on these new drums. The vintage Imps were hardcore, heavy, high-quality drums that sounded great and held up under heavy use in long tours, etc. They miked up well and sounded great, whether tuned low, medium, or cranked up tight like Stewart Copeland’s kit. The new Imperialstar recently, made in China, looks fine, but it sounded not so good. No matter how it is tuned , no matter if u put a Remo Emperor or Ambassador on it, it sounds dead – no tone, no resonance. The wood in the new drums is not real good wood. I’d rather have a vintage, entry level Swingstar in good condition than a brand new, shiny set that doesn’t sound very good. My advice would be to buy a well-made, quality vintage Tama set, unless you have the bucks to purchase a high-end Starclassic.

This is what I have. If you know good drum sound the above information is redundant. Here is a video that will let you see the set in action yet the video sounds like crap. 


Tama Imperial Star
Minor wear


13″, 14″, 18″ Toms

6″Snare


24″ Bass:


Iron Cobra double base pedal with hard-shell case:



Tama and Gibraltar Hardware:


Dark K Cymbals,
22″ride, 
18″crash, 
17″crash, 
16″crash



16″ Zildjian Rock Crash

14″ Zildjian Top Beat Highhats

20″ Paiste Crash

6″ Sabien slash



Hard cases for bass toms, snare, and some hardware.