Tama Artstar Custom and ES

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Post Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:49 am

Anyone know anything about these drums? I'm interested in buying a kit but information on them through the internet is very limited. Ive always loved the way they looked and sounded, but I'd like to hear other people's opinions as well. I'm also curious as to whether anyone knows of some good online used drum shops (besides e-bay).
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Post Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:35 am

Lars Ulrich of Metallica uses a 90's custom Artstar II. one of the greatest sounding sets since bonzo's vistalite.
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Post Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:38 am

I own a set of Arstar Customs (I think they're from the 90's - I got them used in '99).

They sound fantastic, my one gripe is that I prefer smaller toms and the 12" and 13" ones are really deep. I just gotta slap some G2s or Emperors on these babies and they sound great.

As far as getting them, I don't know. Maybe try Ebay, that's the only thing I could think of. But if you think you could get them and you like DEEP toms - they're fantastic!

If I had the money I'd probably own a new DW or Tama Starclassic kit though. Just a personal preference - I like NEW stuff!
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Post Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:51 am

iVE A FRIEND IN A TOURING BAND PLAYIN THE MID 90'S ARTSTARS..
aT THAT TIME I BELIEVE THEM TO BE A MID/HIGHER END DRUM.
tHEY ARE A MAPLE DRUM,THAT I BELIEVE TO BE BE TYPICALLY FOUND INA A POWERTOM SERIES..
TUNED RITE AND WITH A GREAT HEAD ON THEM THEY SOUND OK..
bUT DO NOT COMPARE TO THE SHELLS MADE TODAY.
bUT IM A BIRCH GUY,I GO FOR PUNCH ,INSTEAD OF WARMPTH.
IF UR ONA BUDGET ITS A COOL DRUM.
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Post Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:54 pm

Yeah, thanks for all the replies. I'm looking for an Artstar Custom II kit, they came with 18" deep bass drums, and they made 10 and 12 inch toms in 8 inch depths. I've been trying like hell to find a kit with this configuaration (16" and 18" floor toms in the Arstar series are semi easy to come by) with no such luck. One of these days I'm sure I'll stumble upon something. But for now does anybody know any good online used instrument shops?
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Post Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:42 am

It's a great kit. I've played it all the way until I coul afford to buy the higer class drums from Tama. The kit has a great sound, is easy to tune and keeps sounding good for a longer period of time. I still use it once in a while 'cause I could never sell it....\
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Post Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:49 am

Still have 'em? Lookin to sell? Haha.
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