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Old 08-25-2011, 08:00 AM
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Yesterday, I was buying some vintage Star parts from a gentleman when he mentioned that he was restoring a set of Tempos. He was in a hurry so I didn't have long to glimpse his drums. I believe the badge was oval ( may be wrong) with "World's Supreme Quality" inscribed. Reinforcing rings on the tom. Red sparkle. I really only had a few seconds. He believed that because of the wording on the badge, that they might be a stencil of Star. I remember reading a reply some time ago on VDF that Tempos were a stencil of Pearl. Since he might sell them when completed, I am quite interested in their origen. Thank you in advance.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:38 PM
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I've never heard of Tempo, are you perhaps referring to "Tempro", one of the more popular Pearl Factory stencils? "World's Supreme Quality" was a very popular marque that I've seen on both Pearl and Hoshino stencil kits, sometimes on a sircular soundhole badge that appears in addition to the actual stencil badge itself. As for Tempro, they used the brass black n' gold Pearl badge popularised with the President series and shared many of the President series finishes as well. Whitehall would be another very similar brand that used the same style cues as both Tempro and Pearl.

If the drums you are describing have an oval aluminum badge, I think it could mean one of two things. 1), they could be 1970's-era when Pearl's stencil drums (Reuther, Maxwin, etc.) adopted an oval brownish badge affixed with two small nails or 2) they might actually *be* "Tempo" brand, which I have never heard of... and may appear on a 60's style Hoshino badge like Revelle, Stewart, and Apollo... something like this:

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Old 08-25-2011, 04:07 PM
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Pearl made a run of Tempro/Tempo drums, in at least 2 different badge styles; the circular (sometimes off-set) badge around the vent hole, and the black plastic rectangle like on other early 70s Pearl badges. These logos have the pair of sticks crossing the 't.' From what I've seen, Tempro seems to be a common stencil name around the west coast.

Star also made Tempo/Tempro badged drums with the black oval "World's Finest Quality" badges that we all know and love. So, as to the maker of this specific drum set, it would depend on the style of the badge (among other things, possibly/probably .)

Why do some of these drums have the 'r' and others do not? I dunno. Seems to be very little rhyme or reason to why the Japanese makers did this or that, other than to cut costs and give the buyer/importer whatever they wanted.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:52 AM
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Brian,

If the badge says 'World's Supreme Quality' it's going to be a Star's, never Pearl's.

Here is a collection of many badges for you to compare:
http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/japa...ms/badges.html

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:30 PM
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Brian,

If the badge says 'World's Supreme Quality' it's going to be a Star's, never Pearl's.

Here is a collection of many badges for yaou to compare:
http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/japa...ms/badges.html

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I used to think this as well, but last year I found a set of two toms in an estate sale that were completely original with Pearl-marked President lugs, obviously Pearl stencil badges, and circle soundhole badges reading "world's supreme quality, japan". I was about as surpsied as I was when I saw my first 7-lug 16" floor tom.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:21 PM
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Oh, really? - It would be more than interesting to have pics of such a 'merger' drumset with that badge and those lugs. Either badge or lugs could be interchanged ...

... Or was it that blue round badge with 'Made in Japan' on it?

Unless I see such a curious badge with my own eyes, I keep hanging on my opinion (sorry!).

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Old 08-26-2011, 02:39 PM
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Oh, really? - It would be more than interesting to have pics of such a 'merger' drumset with that badge and those lugs. Either badge or lugs could be interchanged ...

... Or was it that blue round badge with 'Made in Japan' on it?

Unless I see such a curious badge with my own eyes, I keep hanging on my opinion (sorry!).

Ralf
It was definatly "World's Supreme Quality" in a oval (but not as oval as Hoshino) badge with brown hue, similar to Pearl's Reuther badge. It was larger than the blue circular "Made In Japan" badge. I'm sure its possible that the badge could have been added after the fact.. but why? The wear marks in the wrap indicated that the lugs were original to the shell. I'll try to drum up a photo for you tonight. I sold the toms with a similar kick drum on Craigslist early last year, but I may still have the photos from the listing...
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:58 PM
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This is near me......


http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/msg/2563692338.html
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:35 PM
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80 bucks is OK, but these all Pearl, NOT Star drums, just in case anyone is keeping score.
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:10 PM
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I just reread the ad, no emails. I'll call them in the morning for ya. I'll pm you with more details on what they say. They're maybe 45ish minutes away from me.
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