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Tama is certainly one of the best-known names in Birch drums—and the first major drum maker to craft all-Bubinga drums. So, who better than Tama to combine these two great tone woods in one drum? That said, Tama's Starclassic Performer B/B featuring hybrid shells of Bubinga and Birch, gets its official debut at the Austin NAMM Show in July 2007.

"Performer B/B is the perfect union of premium tone woods," said Terry Bissette of Tama, on the latest addition to its professional Starclassic lines. "You've got the enhanced low-end and warmth of Bubinga combined with the excellent focus and powerful punch of Birch. But it adds up to something even more than that. B/B really is a synergistic combination."

Starclassic B/B's Birch and Bubinga hybrid shells will be available in both lacquer and deluxe wrap finishes. The three lacquer finishes include two all-new options, Dark Mocha Fade and Dark Stardust Fade (pictured). The six covered finishes include two all-new options, Lava Glass Glitter and Stardust Champagne.

According to Bissette, quite a number of influential drummers have made the move to Bubinga/Birch, including Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Martin Bulloch (Mogwai), Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte), Tony Hajjar (Sparta), Troy Luccketta (Tesla), Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce), and Spanky (Diddy).

Additional information:
Two different configurations are available in either 4-pc shell kit (w/o snare or hardware) configurations or 5pc complete kit (including matching snare and hardware):

New Fusion: 18 x 22: BD, 8 x 10" & 9 x 12" TT, 12 x 14" FT

Accel Driver: 18 x 22: BD, 8 x 10" & 9 x 12" TT, 14 x 16" FT

4pc shell kits: $2,499.99 list 5pc complete kits: $3,399.99

Also available:

  • 5.5 or 6.5 x 14" matching finish snare drums
  • Accel-size tom toms
  • Accel- & Deep size floor toms
  • 18 x 20", 22" & 24" bass drums


TT/FT: 7ply/6mm. 3 inner-plies of Bubinga/4 outer-plies of Birch
BD: 8ply/8mm. 3 inner-plies of Bubinga/5 outer-plies of Birch
SD: 7ply/7mm. 3 inner-plies of Bubinga/4 outer-plies of Birch

  • Chrome-plated shell hardware
  • Die-cast hoops
  • Star-Cast Mounting System
  • Slidable Tom Holder (All bass drums feature mounts)

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