to my private and non-commercial Vintage Star Drums Web Site!
* * * Redesign of This Web Site in March 2020 * * *
After seven years, I found that it was time to make a complete relaunch of this web site and to refresh the design. Some of the contents
of the menu may have found a new place, but all sections are still there.
This web site is dedicated to vintage Star drums, the predecessor of the worldwide known and well-
reputated drum company, TAMA. I intended to make it look like a virtual vintage drum museum, containing
a collection of photos of old Star drum kits and other Star-related information as well.
A short note to viewers with a mobile phore: The entire web site is optimized for use with a PC (desktop mode), only. Viewing from a mobile phone
– or laptop (tablet) – might neither show the menu nor other features on this web site in the correct form.
A Brief History
Star was founded in 1962 by the Japanese company Tama Seisakusyo (later called Hoshino Gakki) and
first started manufacturing drums under the Star brand name in 1965. In 1974 the company changed
it’s name from STAR to TAMA – so the documentation of this web site will stop exactly there: It’s all about
Vintage Star Drums, only!
It is my deep desire to keep the roots of these fantastic drums up from being forgotten. In parallel, the
community of vintage drums lovers is constantly growing worldwide. Especially over the last years the verve
for vintage drums, their sound and their flair has found more and more fans. And I know from several
drum forums, that amongst those there’s a group of people, who have a soft spot for Star drums. This
web site is dedicated to them.
Show me *** YOUR *** Star drum kit/s, please!
This web site is some kind of ‘interactive’ and shall stay vivid for a long time. So if you proudly own a Star
drum kit (or any other set with a name mentioned on this web site at OTHER BRANDS & BADGES), you may
send me pictures of it and I’ll be more than happy to present it here, too!
Well, but I have two requests in this regard:
Please kindly reduce the pic to the drums – and don’t add any person or even a pet to the drum kit: This web site shall maintain it’s special focus
to Star drums.
Secondly, if you have a modified (in terms of rewrapping) drum kit, it’s ok for me – but, please, kindly don’t send me any photos of furtheron converted drum kits (as e.g. with substituted lugs, black tom hoops or similar). I’d like to keep the charm of the drums on this web site
as original as possible. Thank you in advance!
Show me your genuine Star drum kits – and let’s share them with all the other Vintage Star Drums lovers
out there – all over the world.
Greetings from Germany! Ralf