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Old 07-04-2020, 10:56 PM
Fayray Fayray is offline
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Default Re: Star King Beat Wood Shell

Originally Posted by Ralf View Post

Star, indeed, made some of these KingBeat snare drums with wooden sheels like this. And ALSO some of their late Royal Star kits had such a shell construction, too.
On my web site there are just three snares like his, and a few kits (in section 'lug no. 6370', only).
My Royal Star kits (two of the three I own) do have these heavy weight shells, worked in excellent craftsmanship.

Maybe Star had bought Keller shells for a very small time in their latest years? I don't know.

As far as I know, these shells continued only on very few Tama kits (in their earliest years, with Tama's 'Perfect Percussion' badges). None of the later Tama series appear to have repeated this construction.

Attached: a photo to the inside of one of my Royal Star rack toms.
From local carpenters I learned that my drum shells and the re-rings ( ! ) are made, most probably, from birch and perhaps Mahogany layers in between. But that's not for sure.

Thanks Ralf, very interesting. Although I have no photo of the badge I'm told it does have a Star badge. The shell looks very nice so it should be a nice sounding drum I suppose

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Old 07-05-2020, 10:14 AM
idrum4fun idrum4fun is offline
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Default Re: Star King Beat Wood Shell

Thanks to the information supplied by Ralf, it does appear that this is a legitimate Star wood shell!

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