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Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals 

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Your dream starts here.

The Tama Imperialstar 5-piece Standard Drum Set is the most affordable Tama drum kit ever to incorporate so many high-end features.

With over 40 years of experience, Tama knows what drummers really want. Which is why, no matter how long you've been playing the drums, no matter what budget you have to work with, Tama has the set you need, want, and can afford. Every aspect of the modern drum kit was exhaustively examined and reexamined and then improved before it was accepted as part of the Imperialstar design. Which is why, if you start playing Imperialstar now as a beginner, you'll still enjoy playing it when you've achieved pro-status. That's how good these groundbreaking drums are.

Only Tama Imperialstar comes with a complete set of genuine Meinl HCS cymbals. These high-quality brass cymbals are made in Germany and are sonically matched so they sound great together. They are even lathed for a more refined tonal character. The set includes 14" hi-hats, 16" crash and an 20" ride cymbal.

Tama Drum Shells:100% poplar 6-ply/7.5mm
Poplar wood has been used in making drum shells for over 50 years. It offers a full, warm tone combined with medium attack.

Precise Bearing Edges
A drum's bearing edge is one of the most important components in drum sound. Tama's advanced edge-cutting process provides extremely precise bearing edges-which allow Tama shells to ring openly and fully, and provide a wide range of tuneability, sensitivity, and response.

100% Glued Finishes
Some drum companies only affix their wraps to the drum shell by taping the finish at "selected contact points." At Tama, all wrapped finishes are glued to the shell 100% to eliminate warping, buzzing, or lifting. This process allows the shell to resonate fully and consistently. It's more work, but Tama feels the extra effort is worth it, for a difference you can see and hear.

Original Small Lugs
Imperialstar lugs are 10% smaller than the lugs of Tama's previous Swingstar Series for even greater shell resonance.

Drum Heads
Batter-side heads are made of clear 250 microns-thick film for richer tone and greater durability. Ring mufflers on bass drum heads remove the need for additional internal muffling.

Accu-Tune Bass Drum Hoops
A special-formulation hi-tech material offers lighter weight and faster, more stable, tuning than traditional metal hoops. In addition, since Accu-Tune hoops use tension bolts instead of clawhooks and T-rods, head changes and packing up are a breeze.

Spur Brackets
Imperialstar spur bracket features the same look and style as Tama's high-end Starclassic drums and provides maximum durability and stability.

Tom Holder
Tama L-Rod and Omnisphere tom holder systems have received acclaim from drummers for over 25 years. These systems offer easy positioning, maximum flexibility, stability, and greater sound than standard designs which penetrate the shell interior and can inhibit resonance.

Tom Brackets
The eye-bolt structure is rock solid, holding the toms in place securely.

FEATURES
Configuration
  • Bass drum(s):22" x 18"
  • Tom(s):10" x 8", 12" x 9"
  • Floor tom(s):16" x 14"
  • Snare:14" x 5-1/2"
  • Total pieces:5
  • Extras
  • Cymbals:Yes
  • Total cymbals:3
  • Hardware:Yes
  • Bass pedal:Yes
  • Hi-hat stand:Yes
  • Boom stand:Yes
  • Straight stand:Yes
  • Throne:Yes
  • Hardware pieces:6
  • Shells
  • Shell material:Poplar
  • Construction:6-Ply
  • Thickness (mm):7.5
  • Bearing edge:45°
  • Drum Hardware
  • Material:Steel
  • Mounts:Traditional
  • Hoops:Info not available
  • Lugs:Standard
  • Other
  • Heads:Factory
  • Finish type:Wrap
  • Origin country:China

An entry-level set fit for royalty. Order today.

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Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals

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TamaImperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (14)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Huge tone (9)
  • Sensitive (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (7)
  • Accompaniment (5)
  • School bands (5)
  • Soundtracks (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

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5.0

I would definitely recommend this Drum set. My son love it!

By D

from FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

      It is a nice Drum set. I purchase it for my son, and he's in love with it. No complaints!

       
      4.0

      Its a great value and will last. Got mine in 2009!

      By Brian from United Dumpster Empire

      from franklin, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • gigs
        • jamming
        • practice

        Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

        I bought mine in 2009 and currently use for personal practice and load up for band practice and gigs.
        Key to a drumset is getting it set up right and tuning your heads and replacing your heads based on use.
        I've had the original drums heads on and have had Attack heads and Remo resonate heads (bottom heads need replacing too with batter heads, they affect the tone).
        Currently have Aquarian batter heads and Remo resonate heads.
        8 years had my set.

         
        5.0

        Can't go wrong with TAMA

        By Zack "Time Lord" McGee

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Metal
          • Rock

          Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

          I was sent this kit a a gift and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise. I have played drums for 15 years now and my old kit (TAMA Starclassic Maple) was a bit beaten up. This Imperialstar has everything my old kit had and a bit more. I did have to change the heads as I wanted a deeper tone and less sustain, but that is a personal thing. I had never played on Meinl Cymbals before but I was surprised at the full rish sound of the hi-hats and the ride. The crash dose leave something to be desired, but I just moved it to the back of the kit after buying the 18" and 20" crash of the same series (HCS). Over all you can't go wrong for the price. This kit sounds every bit as good as my 15 year old Starclassic and I have even switched cymbal brands thanks to receiving this kit (used to play Paiste). Buy this kit, now before TAMA realises that they are selling this great kit for so cheep.

           
          5.0

          I like this kit

          By Ray

          from East Springfield PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practice
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

            This kit is very nice for a starter I've had mine for almost 5 years I have added a lot put all sorts of heads on there just a nice drum for the price I'm going to stay with tama probably gonna move up to a star classic.

             
            5.0

            Pleased With This Kit

            By Roadrunner

            from Canada

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

              I play in a 5-piece middle-of the road band and I find that these are quite adequate for the stuff we play. The hardware weighs as much as I do but is very sturdy. I like the look of them. I had a 7-piece Tama Royalstar Kit way back and liked them too.Very good for the price.

               
              5.0

              Exceeded Expectations

              By CH

              from America's Heartland

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heads Need Upgrade

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

                I bought this set for my 12 year-old son who has been playing percussion now for 1 year . I didn't want to buy a throw-away set, yet wanted something quality that a budding musician could grow into without breaking the bank. I took the advice of other reviewers and added upgraded heads (snare, kick, toms) along with the purchase. Glad I did. The cymbals are not brass, but sound great and can always be upgraded later. Quality hardware, full-sound, look and feel great. I can tell this set will be versatile for growth and will hold up for years to come!

                 
                5.0

                ilove my impearial star drumset had it since 2o11

                By chris the drummer

                from wa

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • cymbols

                  Best Uses

                  • in my band bremmerscum

                  Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

                  this drumset is a good buy everything about tama saids

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly recommend

                  By K

                  from K

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Huge Tone
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Cymbal quality is not the best

                  Best Uses

                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

                  Use this kit for shows all the time. Very easy to set up and get around

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Bang Bang for the buck

                  By Proud Parent

                  from Seattle, Bremerton WA.

                  About Me Child

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Huge Tone
                  • I like it
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

                    The family that plays together stays together. I bought this set for my 12 year old an that's the reason. if you do? You will not be disappointed in your perches. ... And I like to play it to.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great way to get started

                    By dave

                    from Santa Cruz, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Brass cymbals are junk
                    • Resonate heads not good

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals:

                    Overall a nice kit for the price. I replaced the beater heads and moved the Tama heads to the bottom/resonate. This made a huge difference for a minimal investment. The stock resonate heads are unbranded peices of plastic. The brass cymbals are throw away, but can be replaced one at a time with good quality bronze.

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