Reliable, Affordable Performance
Tama has been turning out very good drums for a long time. The Tama Swingstar Snare Drum line has stood the test of time, and is still played today. Many current professionals got their start on a Swingstar, which were produced throughout the 1980’s to the mid-1990’s. The models available today range in size, with 5.5X14 the most common, with 6.5X14 being popular, as well. Steel construction is standard on most models, with 8 lugs being the norm.
The Tama Swingstar Snare Drum has a reputation among drummers for being a solid performer, featuring good, crisp sound with a very pleasing ring. The steel body is very durable, and the 8 lugs are easy to adjust. Once in tune, it stays put till the player wants to change it. The internal components are of good quality, and will endure. Used Swingstars are generally in good condition and are available at affordable prices.
This snare does not rise to the level of being a collectible, or even “vintage,” because the sound was good, but never great. If you pick up a Tama Swingstar Snare Drum expect to change the heads on it, as most exhibit a lot of wear.
Overall Rating - 4 Stars
The Tama Swingstar Snare Drum is a sturdy, reliable performer, and the used ones available would serve as very good entry level snares. Mainly due to durability and a lack of glaring weaknesses, we give it 4 Stars.
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