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TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces Low Pitch

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Among Tama's first "Original" instruments, the octobans have been played by progressive drummers from Simon Phillips to Stewart Copeland to Mike Port...Click To Read More About This Product

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One of the most musical options for your percussion setup.

Among Tama's first "Original" instruments, the octobans have been played by progressive drummers from Simon Phillips to Stewart Copeland to Mike Portnoy. The length of the shells determines pitch range, and they can be tuned melodically. 6" diameter shells. Includes HW 119 stand. Specify high-pitched or low-pitched set.

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4 - 6" wide shells of varying lengths
Double-braced HW 119 stand

Add some really exciting, high-pitched action to your playing. Order now.

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TAMAOctobans 4 Pieces
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The original, but perhaps not the best

I'll say right off the bat, that I'm an enormous Tama fan. I've owned or played just about every non-custom brand on the market, and Tama is WAY up there in overall value....Read complete review

I'll say right off the bat, that I'm an enormous Tama fan. I've owned or played just about every non-custom brand on the market, and Tama is WAY up there in overall value. The quality has always been top-notch and the price comparable to MUCH lower quality drums. Unfortunately these octobans are not quite what I would expect from Tama. The sound is cool, and the hardware is beefy, but EXTREMELY limited in adjustment and plain-Jane looks. For the price they're asking, just not worth it in my mind. For a LOT less money, you can pick up RCI Acrylic octobans for a lot less, and you can chose from a zillion different colors and patterns. Plus they generally come with RIMS mounts and L-arms for better resonance and adjustability. The acrylic sound is (arguably) more rich and punchy than the "plastic" or fiberglass Tama uses here. If any of you have seen the clear acrylic Mike Portnoy kit Tama made for DT's previous tour, those are ALL RCI shells, not made by Tama.

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Skip these, buy the Peace copies

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. ...Read complete review

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. After playing them side by side, I liked the sound of the Peace better -- maybe because they are aluminum shells instead of the fiberglass shells of the Tamas. And the Peace octobans were literally HALF the price of the Tamas. These are really cool, but the price can't be justified unless budget is no object.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The original, but perhaps not the best

By souldeadrums

from Killington, VT

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I'll say right off the bat, that I'm an enormous Tama fan. I've owned or played just about every non-custom brand on the market, and Tama is WAY up there in overall value. The quality has always been top-notch and the price comparable to MUCH lower quality drums. Unfortunately these octobans are not quite what I would expect from Tama. The sound is cool, and the hardware is beefy, but EXTREMELY limited in adjustment and plain-Jane looks. For the price they're asking, just not worth it in my mind. For a LOT less money, you can pick up RCI Acrylic octobans for a lot less, and you can chose from a zillion different colors and patterns. Plus they generally come with RIMS mounts and L-arms for better resonance and adjustability. The acrylic sound is (arguably) more rich and punchy than the "plastic" or fiberglass Tama uses here. If any of you have seen the clear acrylic Mike Portnoy kit Tama made for DT's previous tour, those are ALL RCI shells, not made by Tama.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tama Octabans

By sgt1371

from Ca

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I've owned these drums for about a year now an I can say that I have hardly used them at all. I guess it's just another flashy piece of equipment that drummers can't live without. The drums sound great with the right heads on them and they make for a interesting sound palate. The problem I have with them is they are too expensive. The current artists using this product also have an L arm mounting system which these do not come with. The 4 in 1 stand is bulky and is not highly adjustable. The drums also take up a considerable amount of space especially if you have both sets on your kit. I would go with the Pearl Quarter toms if I could do it over again. They have a better mounting system , they are cheaper and it's basicly the same thing just not 8 of them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Octobans forever!

By Rod Erceg

from Mandurah Western Australia

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I purchased my current Tama Superstar 10pc kit in 1980 and ive always wanted a set of Octobans to add to the kit for as long as i can remember. 34yrs later i finally purchased a set of 4 high pitch Octobans and havn't been able to get the smile off of my face ever since....You can tune them up to sound a lot like Timpani style drums or you can tune them down (like I have) and get an awsome loud,fat penetrating sound that i absolutely love. I cant wait for Musician's Friend to get a used set of Low Pitch Octobans in stock so i can complete the set and tune these up a bit higher.....Its been a long wait but i absolutely love the drums and find myself banging on them more than the rest of my kit..(currently got 17 drums and 11cymbals to play with). If you are the type of drummer that wants to add extra voices to what you play then these are great. No you cant have these ones they are mine..Go get your own!
So far i have found that the mounting system for the Octobans is limiting. I was hoping to put them on a rack mount but am not aware of a bracket that will fit the Octobans to attach to a rack to do this. Otherwise the supplied stand and mounting bracket works great as a stand alone set
Overall quallity and appearance is excellent, but i did have problems with the tension screws coming loose for the first couple of days until the heads settled in and now they appear to be okay. Some of this problem may be caused by my liking of a low sounding drum and probably could be tightened up a bit more.
I dont have experience with any other competitors brand to realy comment on the compared value but I sure do like the Tama Octobans that I have.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Skip these, buy the Peace copies

By SumDrumDude

from Parker, Co

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. After playing them side by side, I liked the sound of the Peace better -- maybe because they are aluminum shells instead of the fiberglass shells of the Tamas. And the Peace octobans were literally HALF the price of the Tamas. These are really cool, but the price can't be justified unless budget is no object.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product...pricey buyer's remorse

By J_LEW

from GA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Price
  • Too Costly

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Small Venues

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

Once you strike the heads...it takes you back to Stewart Copeland/Simmons...
Then you notice how flat your pockets are... not the drumming timing pocket, but your wallet. And you're remorseful.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

from what i've heard

By alex E. is a beast 12

from Charlottesville

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I have heard of them and I think they are so expensive because tama is the only brand that makes them so you have no choice but to buy theirs. I hope pearl or someone makes their own version so the price will go down. I am a huge fan of Toto and have seen Simon Phillips play with them. I dont think there a huge need though.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good add on

By TAMA

from Undisclosed

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

This is a good addition to any Tama Kit. i have sworn by tama across my 10 year career and it never fails to deliver, great drums, a little overpriced on the octobans.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't live w/o them...still lots of $$$

By Drummerm

from IA

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

No doubt these are expensive drums. No doubt they have limited musical use. No doubt that once you break down and crack open your wallet that you will be giddy with joy everytime you play them. I thought they'd just sit in my basement but once I got them I added all 8 to my kit. They are just so fun and there are just those spots where you have to have them. It'd be nice if tama provided a way to mount them in a linear fashion rather than stacked.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Octobans

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

Tama rules !! always making new stuff, then everybody else can try to copy it, the octobans is a original, need I say more !

 
5.0

crunk

By chadman-w1AxB

from las vegas

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

great sound, and perfect for tight fills. a little pricey, but well worth it.

 
5.0

I have a set of 2 high pitched and love them!

By Chris-9BPqn

from Baltimore

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I just got a set of 2 high pitched Tama Octobans because I wanted a high end attack in my kit. They fit perfectly in size and sound! I didn't see any need for 4 or 8 drums, so I just got the two and the price was very resonable for a high quality instrument that can handle anything you throw at them.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Horribly overpriced...

By MFSP

from Canton, GA

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

... but very interesting. The have a unique sound that is unmistakable. Value is a one because the price is absolutely ridiculous, but if money is no object, they are absolutely worth it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

These are nice!

By Dan-c8H0P

from Missouri

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

These are really nice drums. I liked Stewart Copeland and loved the sound of those long cannons but I didn't have the cash back then to get the long ones. These are shorter, I own the full set of eight. If you buy a set, you'll have to get used to the head diameter and that will take about a month or more, depending on your skill level. They are VERY expensive, yes, but they are the only answer to a true Octabon sound. The knockoffs out there just don't have the tone and attack that Tama has managed to harness into these beautys. They will make your kit look extremely wicked too :) I think you'll be happy with them. I sure am :)

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Woodsycal sound

By Me, too

from RI

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

Ok if you drop one of the nines before the desmal point I'll buy it. These drums are notorius for cracking tips off my sticks because of the small heads size. They have a woodsycal sound to them nothing like roto toms. I used both and favored these. People would be at ahh when watching and listening to me play a long drum solo and mix it up. I guess those days are gone, dosen't anyone ever do drum solos live anymore? I guess I am the last of a dieing breed. I played my best drum solo on my 11 piece Yamaha custom triple base drum set that would make Neil Pert enveus; included were octobans,roto-toms,a hanging gong and 8 assorted size cymbals. It took an hour to set up.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An excellent addition to any set.

By C. Foudy

from Cresskill, NJ

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

They could be used in different styles of music including rock, hip-hop, pop, and R&B.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product but Tama sucks

By Oxiotle

from Las Vegas, NV

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

It has interesting sounds and it is a little over priced and Tama is probubly the worst drum company ever but they still give you the option of making different sounds and thats what really matters.

 
5.0

Perfect Sound

By Dr. Progressive

from Alpharetta, GA

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Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I bought the high-pitched octobans not too long ago. I have to say, not looking at the price, that these octobans are great. I have been listening to Mike Portnoys recordings with Dream Theater and the octobans you can buy sound just like his. I had rototoms at first, instead of the octobans. I wished I had gotten the octobans sooner. Of course the price is way too high but if money isn't a problem then buy them QUICK. They sound amazing!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great percussion unit.

By blacksabbathdrummer

from New york

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

I feel that this is such a great percussion unit. It is a little too expensive for me, maybe the price could lower or it could go on sale. Way too expensive!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i would like to buy it

By dr. drum

from Israel

Comments about TAMA Octobans 4 Pieces:

Hi, i would like to buy octabans, but in my country no one sells it, any1 has an idea how can i get it directly from TAMA?

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