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MD Podcast Episode 217: 2020 Drummer Draft, Manu Katché, Tama Starclassic Walnut Birch Drumkit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss legendary pop/session drummer Manu Katché, who recently released an instrumental contemporary jazz album called The Scope. For the main segment, Mike and Mike choose fantasy drummer squads for 2020. Up for review is…

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Nov 8, 2019

MD Podcast Episode 214: Mark Guiliana, Exercise for Drummers, Tama Dyna-Sync Pedals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss November 2019 featured artist Mark Guiliana’s latest album, Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!. The education segment focuses on strength training exercises to improve bass drum speed and endurance. Up for review are…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2019

MD Podcast Episode 163: Jost Nickel, Flam Ostinatos, Legado Cymbals, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike discuss German drummer and international clinician Jost Nickel, who’s featured in the November issue of Modern Drummer. The education segment focuses on ways to challenge your technique by shifting accents within a pataflafla sticking.…

Modern Drummer
Oct 19, 2018

Episode 84: Stickings That Rock, Dale Crover, Tama Stands, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss legendary alt-rock drummer Dale Crover of the Melvins, who has a new project, Crystal Fairy, featuring Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The education segment focuses on favorite sticking patterns for creating interesting rock grooves.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2017

Video Demo! Tama Superstar Classic Drumset

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the September 2016 issue, which is available here. Product Close-Up Tama Superstar Classic Drumset Competitively priced with a nod to the past and tones for the contemporary. Tama’s all-maple…

Modern Drummer
Jul 29, 2016

Showroom: Tama’s New Products for 2015

The Star Walnut is the new flagship line for Tama drums and is ideal for both the stage and the studio. The Star Walnut shells are said to project booming low end with enough cut to be heard through any…

Modern Drummer
Mar 30, 2015

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Tama Superstar Reissue Snare (From the Feb. 2014 Issue)

The following review originally appeared in the February 2015 of Modern Drummer, which can be purchased at here. Product Close-Up Tama 40th Anniversary Superstar Reissue Snare A fitting tribute to the big, bold birch tones that defined the sound of the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2015

Tama at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Tama’s Terry Bissette leads us through the company’s new hardware, drumsets, hardware, and snare drums. New for 2015 is the Superstar Classic drumset that features 100%-maple shells and comes in either a five-or seven-piece…

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Feb 3, 2015

Showroom: Tama Releases Limited Metalworks Steel Snare

Tama’s new 6.5x14 LE Metalworks steel snare was built for maximum versatility and projection, cutting clarity, and crisp articulation. The 1.2mm shell and die-cast hoops are said to offer extreme sensitivity without sacrificing power. Features include a copper lacquer finish,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 13, 2015

Tama Announces Limited Edition Hyper–Drive Kits, Big Black Steel Snare Drum, and Cymbal Stand Packs

Tama has added its shallow-shelled Hyper-Drive configuration to the Starclassic Performer B/B to create the modern B/B EFX Hyper-Drive kit. Each six-piece configuration is available in a choice of two classic Delmar glass glitter finishes. Tama’s Sound Lab Project Big…

Modern Drummer
Nov 20, 2014

Showroom: Tama Limited Edition Starphonic and Artwood Snares

  The drum shell of the Starphonic 5mm steel snare is created through a cast process, rather than bending, and features an integrated sound reinforcement ring. A special hard-shell case and certificate of authenticity is included. A limited quantity is…

Modern Drummer
Nov 17, 2014

Showroom: New Kits From Tama

Blending the clear, precise cut of birch with the deep, subsonic low-end of bubinga, Tama’s limited edition Starclassic Performer kits demonstrate the versatility of the B/B approach. The limited 24" bass drum four-piece Rock kit is a classic one-up/two-down setup.…

Modern Drummer
Nov 11, 2014

Tama Introduces Limited Edition Silverstar Drumkit With 26" Bass Drum

Inspired by the big beats of some of the biggest drummers of all time, Limited Edition Silverstar Traditional Rock kits with a 26" bass drum offer the thunderous punch of large-diameter 100-percent birch shells in classic depths. Available in two…

Modern Drummer
Sep 3, 2014

New Starclassic Performer Birch/Bubinga EFX Series and Silverstar Cocktail Jam Kits From Tama

The Starclassic Performer Birch/Bubinga EFX line offers new finish options in Vintage Nickel Sparkle, Vintage Green Sparkle, and Charcoal Onyx (shown). Said to combine the crisp punch and warm lows of birch/bubinga shells with die-cast hoops and low-mass lugs with…

Modern Drummer
Jul 11, 2014