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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

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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 11 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Huge tone (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Sensitive (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for starters and Pros

          By JT

          from New York / New Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great For My Purposes

          By scottfreems

          from Newton, MA

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          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.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            outstanding

            By Deedee

            from seattle wa

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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!

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great drum set!

              By Charlie

              from Water Valley, MS

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              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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