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Tama Swingstar - Restoration Project Last viewed: 27 minutes ago


Incredible job on this kit! It looks beautiful Walking


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Posted on 7 years ago

You are very welcome JB

You did a really unbelievable job on those drums

everything on them looks like new or if not new then certainly well cared for

especially considering the very rough condition they were in when you started


Posted on 7 years ago

Thank you all. Your words mean a lot to me. I spent a lot of time to get the kit to this condition and it's great to know you recognize the effort.

All the best,


Posted on 7 years ago
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Great job. This thread is very helpful to me as Im restoring a couple of vintage 80s swingstar toms

Posted on 7 years ago

WOW! This thread should be considered required reading in the VDF college Drum Restoration major. No prerequisite required. Incredible work and great information. I learned a lot. Thank you JB for documenting your journey for us. This is an inspiration!


late 60s Ludwig Standard kit (blue strata)
late 60s Star kit (red satin)
Tama Rockstar Custom
a few snares ...
Posted on 7 years ago
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I agree, I just read the thread from the beginning and I'll be using some of the methods here for my first restoration project. Great stuff, what an incredible transformation on this Tama kit.

Vintage kits:
1969 Rogers Holiday - black diamond pearl (20/16/13/12)
196x Star (Lyra/Majestic) - blue sparkle pearl (22/14/13) Restoration Project
1987 Pearl KC-3500 - jet black (22/16/13/12)
Not-so-vintage kits:
2007 Hart Dynamics Professional 6.4 e-kit / Roland TDW-20
60s Gretsch 5x14 maple WMP / 68 Ludwig 5x14 Supraphonic / 93 Pearl 3x14 Free Floating brass piccolo / 60s Star (Lyra) 5x14 luan blue sparkle pearl / 87 Pearl 6.5x14 steel
Posted on 7 years ago

I realised that didn't leave here the final photos, with complete set. Here they are.

Posted on 7 years ago

the top view

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Posted on 7 years ago
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Great job with the resto!! They look very nice!! Now, enjoy them...


1976 Ludwig Mach 4 Thermogloss 26-18-14-14sn
1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare
Posted on 7 years ago
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