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Tama 6" x 14" Seamless Aluminum Starphonic Snare Drum


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The ‘Strongest Name in Drums’ has done it again…they’ve pushed the design concept to the creative edge and forged a new snare drum for drummers to explore. TAMA introduces STARPHONIC. It’s the new sound from the golden age!

The PAL146 is a 1.2mm, Seamless Aluminum shell with the Center Ridge design. It has modernized Retro-style features to achieve rich and desirable vintage sounds. The Quick-release Freedom Lug, Claw Hook, and Grooved Hoop provide rapid drum head changes and enhanced tone. Also equipped with the Linear Drive Strainer with calibrated Ratchet Style tension adjustment knob.

Also features a detachable butt-plate for rapid snappy snare and head change. Ultra-thin shells provide pure optimum resonance and pristine performance. Included on the PAL146 is a super sensitive Hi-Carbon Snappy Snare. Once you get a look at this snare, you’ll see why the STARPHONIC series is winning all its well-deserved praise.

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  • Snare Drum

Sounds like it should + great features


If you know the classic sound of the Ludwig Supraphonic, this is an improved version IMHO. And I've played 46 years including the Ludwig. This is more solid and sensitive but with that distinctive seamless aluminum sound. The aluminum also dries-out overtones so no muffling needed. You can get some overtones when wanted by hitting off-center. The ratcheting throwoff is fantastic to dial-in the preferred snare contact and keep it. Mine is new and the only con I have noticed is concern that the claws are creating microscopic nicks/pressure-points all around the hoop at former tightening locations that is showing on the hoop as tiny shiny spots. This may make it appear more aged/used/worn over time. I put on an Evans Reverse Dot and it sounds perfect to me. Tried 3mm DW triple-flanged hoops and they make it explode but I don't recommend the regular hoops because the rod angle wasn't ideal when using them. It's pricey but still in line with the Ludwig and the hardware is light years ahead. So, if it's the sound you're looking for, buy it.




Sweet...Tama does it again!


First off, and most of us are already well aware of; Tama definitely makes good "quality" products. What primarily interested me in the Starphonic series were the unique depth 6 x 14 & the fact that Tama hasn't had an aluminum snare since the discontinuation of the metal series. And Tama's new features or "Key Advancements" are interesting as well. If you're not already aware, I want to state that those are not die-cast hoops on the Starphonics. Although different in concept & design, the "Grooved Hoops" are somewhat similar in weight to the 1.6mm flanged hoops found on today's Artwood & Metalworks series...which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I found that it gives the snare a more rounded, softer tone than the aggressiveness found in heavier flanged or die-cast hoops. And don't get me wrong...the snare will be heard. Also, I heard in a review the "Freedom Lug & Claw Hook" is a great innovation, however "a few more turns than needed" when loosening the tension rod from the hoop removes it from the lug anyway--defeating the purpose altogether. I personally haven't noticed it to be a major issue, although it can happen. I heard someone quote "the Starphonic Aluminum is an Acrolite on steroids". I honestly wouldn't know because I've never played Ludwig's Acrolite, however, I do like the sound of Tama's Starphonic Aluminum. It's bright, open, & has depth. I currently have the drum equipped with an Evans Reverse Dot, and I get a nice pleasing rimshot slightly off center. I also liked the factory single ply coated head. The drum had a more open, resonant sound with a nice ring to it. I personally wasn't found of the Hi-Carbon snares on the aluminum, although I liked them on the Warlord series. I changed them to Tama's Starclassic steel wires, and I'm very pleased with the response. Most likely Tama will add to the series...possibly a bronze and/or a stainless steel shell. Anyway, the different shell options combined with all the Key Advancements makes the Starphonic series a definitive choice for anyone's snare arsenal.


Stow, Ohio


6" x 14" Seamless Aluminum Starphonic Snare Drum

5.0 2


Series Starphonic
Model PAL146
Configuration Snare Drum
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6" x 14" Seamless Aluminum Starphonic Snare Drum

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