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Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Set with Cymbals   

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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...Read More

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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 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Huge tone (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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

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    (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

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    (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.

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      (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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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for starters and Pros

      By Acoustic J Square

      from New York New York

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Cymbals Not Very Good

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks

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

      This is a fantastic kit for both starters and pros requiring a smaller setup. I bought this kit for my son when he was 8. He is still using it for certain situations. He now attends the Eastman School of Music and is using this kit at school.

      The cymbals are not very good and will need upgrades. Putting good heads on this kit will make it sound amazing (Evans or Remo weather kings sound great).

      The shell kit has held up extremely well over the years and I give it very very high marks.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great For My Purposes

      By scottfreems

      from Newton, MA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Too Much Reverb

      Best Uses

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

        A guitarist by trade, I've always wanted to learn drums properly -- other than messing around with the drummer's kit during breaks in band practice. This is my pre-midlife crisis.

        This kit suits my needs perfect. I needed something entry-level, but something that wouldn't sound terrible and that I would grow out of quickly. New heads for the snare and bass drum have improved the sound dramatically (Evans G2 coated snare; Evans EMAD coated bass batter; Evans EMAD for resonant).

        So the cymbals that come with -- not the best (and not the worst), but hey, what do you expect with the price? I ended up just adding an inexpensive Meinl HCS 18" crash to complete the setup.

        My only complaint -- and this is good if this is my only beef -- is that the throne is basically useless. It is so hard to get it to stay in place height-wise, and I'm not a heavy guy. I would recommend a new throne ASAP. Otherwise, I have no issues with the hardware. The Iron Cobra pedal is a great inclusion.

        Construction seems to be solid. I use a drumdial to tune it, and have no complaints there.

        Overall, it's a great value.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        outstanding

        By Deedee

        from seattle wa

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Great Hardware
        • Great Sound
        • Great Value
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Sturdy
        • Tama Quality
        • Transports Well
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Rock 'n Roll Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks
          • Symphonies

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

          great quality and value for the price. you may not want to read this but this sits in a room with a high end Tama 100% Bubinga 5 piece set and competes with the Bubinga high end sound very well great sound. beautiful shiny black wrap finish. TAMA has fabulous hardware!

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great drum set!

          By Charlie

          from Water Valley, MS

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Trustworthy Tama Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Crack In Bass Drum
          • Sent The Wrong Size Toms

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          This is a very well made drum set. When paired with my preference of Evans and Aquarian heads and Sabian cymbals, this set is extremely versatile. Unfortunately, it came with a crack in the wrap on the bass drum. It also came with 2 10x13 toms. I bought a 9x12 and it sounds great. I will soon add an 8x10 tom and a 14x14 floor tom.

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great kit for everyone!

          By Dannyshasta

          from Gulfport, MS

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

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

            This is a perfect for someone that wants to upgrade from a beginner kit. I've owned this set for a couple of years and it's great for practice and live. These are the upgrades I made. I sold the cymbals that came with it and bought higher end cymbals that fit my style (rock). Replaced all of the top heads with Remo vintage and bottom heads with Remo Eclipse. I got a great sound and didn't spend a ton of money. I love these drums!

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