Tama Starphonic Snare Drum
(Seamless Aluminum 6x14)
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The new snare sound from the "golden age".
The Tama Starphonic PAL146 Aluminum Snare Drum boasts a quick release freedom lug, claw hook, and grooved hoop for rapid drum head changes and enhanced tone. A "linear drive" strainer with calibrated ratchet style tension adjustment knob makes precision tuning simple. The Starphonic Aluminum snare includes super sensitive hi-carbon snappy snares and a detachable butt plate for quick snare and head changes. The drum's 1.2mm ultra-thin seamless aluminum shell delivers optimum resonance and pristine performance in any situation.
- Modernized retro-style for rich vintage sound
- Quick release Freedom lug, Claw hook, Grooved Hoop for rapid drum head changes
- Thin 1.2mm seamless aluminum shell
- 14" x 6"
- "Linear Drive" strainer with ratchet style tension adjustment
- Inclues super sensitive hi-Carbon Snappy Snares
- Detachable butt plate for rapid snare and head changes
- Premium Japanese quality production
Get a snare with modern features and vintage sound.
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Comments about Tama Starphonic Snare Drum:
First off, and most of us are already well aware of; Tama definitely makes good quality products. What primarily interested me in the Starphonic series were the unique depth 6 x 14 & the fact that Tama hasnt had an aluminum snare since the discontinuation of the metal series. And Tamas new features or Key Advancements are interesting as well. If youre not already aware, I want to state that those are not die-cast hoops on the Starphonics. Although different in concept & design, the Grooved Hoops are somewhat similar in weight to the 1.6mm flanged hoops found on todays Artwood & Metalworks serieswhich isnt necessarily a bad thing. I found that it gives the snare a more rounded, softer tone than the aggressiveness found in heavier flanged or die-cast hoops. And dont get me wrongthe snare will be heard. Also, I heard in a review the Freedom Lug & Claw Hook is a great innovation, however a few more turns than needed when loosening the tension rod from the hoop removes it from the lug anyway--defeating the purpose altogether. I personally havent noticed it to be a major issue, although it can happen. I heard someone quote the Starphonic Aluminum is an Acrolite on steroids. I honestly wouldnt know because Ive never played Ludwigs Acrolite, however, I do like the sound of Tamas Starphonic Aluminum. Its bright, open, & has depth. I currently have the drum equipped with an Evans Reverse Dot, and I get a nice pleasing rimshot slightly off center. I also liked the factory single ply coated head. The drum had a more open, resonant sound with a nice ring to it. I personally wasnt found of the Hi-Carbon snares on the aluminum, although I liked them on the Warlord series. I changed them to Tamas Starclassic steel wires, and Im very pleased with the response. Most likely Tama will add to the seriespossibly a bronze and/or a stainless steel shell. Anyway, the different shell options combined with all the Key Advancements makes the Starphonic series a definitive choice for anyones snare arsenal.