It is

common to all vintage Star drum kits, that they were manufactured in Japan – so they belong

to the group of nowadays so called MIJ drum kits.

Through it’s roughly one decade of existence, Star manufactured three drum lines:

1st: Star
Kits with such badges were produced from the beginning until the end of Star in the year 1973, when
the name Star interchanged to TAMA.

2nd: DrumMate
This was the budget line of Star. They appeared first in 1966 and ended at the same time as Star, in 1973.
The quality (shells and hardware) was equal to all other Star drums but, there were some details less than
at Star drums, as e. g. bass drums with six lugs per side only.

3rd: Bollero
Bollero was another line at Star, which didn’t differ in the details, besides a badge stating Bollero instead
of Star. It’s difficult to say when the Bollero line came up first: perhaps it happened in the early 70’s but,
it’s drum kits ended at the same time with Star, in 1973.

Today the predominant opinion is that Star also sold it’s drum kits under other names, perhaps due to
the distributors’ wishes to present their own drum names for their markets. For such drum kits, the page
OTHER BRANDS & BADGES is dedicated.

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