tamaTama Seisakusho is a division of Hoshino Gakki Manufacturing Company that manufactures drums in Nagoya, Japan. Tama’s motto is, “The Strongest Name in Drums.”

But, Tama first focused on drum hardware, whose demand was increasing due to the rise of rock music, which required sturdy equipment for loud playing. Tama led the industry with rugged double braced 36 inch tripods, and introduced the first boom cymbal stand in production. Tama also made the first multi-clamp hardware, letting drummers easily grow their drum sets.

In the late 70s, Tama was further solidified as a brand name by the introduction of the Octobans. The Octobans are sets of six inch diameter tubes with tunable drum-heads that can produce an octave range pich.

Today, Tama Drums are extremely popular, and are played by some of the most recognized drummers worldwide.

All Tama Drums are hand made. On most Limited Edition and limited production drums, the inside of each shell is signed by the person who crafted the drum. Most Limited Edition sets have matching snare drums, while most other sets are sold as “shell packs” without a matching snare, or with a metal snare from the same line.

The Official Tama Website


Some of the most notable drummers that play, or have played, Tama:
Abe Cunningham – Deftones
Bill Ward – Black Sabbath
Brandon Barnes – Rise Against
Brann Dailor – Mastodon
Chad Butler – Switchfoot
Charlie Benante – Anthrax
Dave Grohl – ex-Nirvana, ex-Scream, Foo Fighters
Dave Mackintosh – Dragonforce
David Banks – The 3 Heads
David Silveria – Korn (former
Dean Butterworth – Good Charlotte
Dominic Howard – MUSE
Eddie Livingston – Billy Preston (former)
Felix Lehrmann – Rivo Drei
Gustav Schafer – Tokio Hotel
Jack Bevan- Foals
Jackie Barnes – Jimmy Barnes
Jason Bittner – Shadows Fall
Jason Costa – All That Remains
Jason Rullo – Symphony X
Jeremy Spencer – Five Finger Death Punch
John Stanier – Battles – Helmet
Jukka Nevalainen – Nightwish
Lars Ulrich – Metallica
Mike Portnoy – Adrenaline Mob, ex-Dream Theater, ex-Avenged Sevenfold
Pat Torpey – Mr. Big (band)
Paul Mazurkiewicz – Cannibal Corpse
Peter Wildoer – Darkane
Randy Castillo – Ozzy Osbourne
Raymond Herrera – ex-Fear Factory
Roger Taylor – Duran Duran
Scott Travis – Judas Priest, Racer X
Shannon Lucas – The Black Dahlia Murder
Simon Phillips – Toto
Steven Adler – ex-Guns N’ Roses
Stewart Copeland – The Police
Troy Luccketta – Tesla
Vinnie Paul – Pantera
Yoshiki – X Japan

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