Everyone has to start somewhere and I started with Tama‘s cheapo but solid “TAMA Swingstar” kit (in metallic blue) way back when, including some decent Paiste and Zildjian cymbals. This age-old photo here already has an upgrade present, an excellent Sonor bass drum (who cares about the color) and two additional Sonor toms.
The interesting thing about the photo in the header though is that it was taken in my old room, on the top floor of our old place on Vestagervej in Copenhagen. UFO, Scorpions, Saxon, Van Halen and Judas Priest record covers on the wall, an old “Dual” plastic stereo in the back, and even some old tape cassettes on the shelf. I slept on the floor behind my drums, which were only up in my room for a few weeks that summer (because my parents were away and couldn’t lament the fact). Grand times, as shown by the photo in this post which falls squarely into those weeks.
In the future, there will be more on drums, my old TAMA Swingstar and my new Roland V-drums, Stormbringer II and the rest of the mad circus that was in perpetual and erratic motion around myself and the other borderliners in the beginning 80s .
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Note: The smaller photo above was taken from the original 1980 TAMA general product catalog. © TAMA, 1980. At the moment, you can find all the old TAMA catalogs on their website. This photo is in the 1980 general catalog.