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pontiyak
#1 Posted : 6/17/2017 12:46:04 AM
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Just finished the restoration on this 1986 Crestar 4 pc kit.

22/12/13/16 in CherryWine. Shells turned out great with the exception
of one nasty little chip on the top of the kick. It was just too deep to sand out.
I may be able to make it disappear a bit.

Now the honesty part.... The kit started out as a Granstar Custom kit out of Western
Canada. However the shells are exactly the same between the Granstar and Crestar series.
Most of us know a little bit about the Crestar kits in that there was a lawsuit by the makers of Crest toothpaste
over the name Crest.
I don't know all the details, but apparently Tama pulled all Crestar kits not shipped and quickly
swapped out the badges for Granstar badges. Crestar badged drums were only sold for a short period
of time in early 1986. So if you bought an original one, you owned a very unique set with an
interesting story. (Please feel free to correct me on the above info. It is just what I have been told).

Back to the kit.... Through a very convoluted 5 way series of buying/selling/trading, I ended up with 5
Crestar badges. It was one of those things where you can see an accident about to happen long before it does...LOL.

And presto.....I now have a fully restored Crestar (Badged) kit.
Toms were cut down from the X-Tras deep series.

It will be going up for sale, but in the mean time I'm looking for a 14" floor tom either Granstar Custom or Crestar,
because I think that would really complete the kit.

Fun stuff Dance













BTW: I think the upper tom mounting system is the most over engineered piece of hardware I've ever seen.
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
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TamaDudeNJ
#2 Posted : 6/17/2017 1:59:16 AM
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Dayum.... you do some fine work yak!!!
John W. ("J-Dub")
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www.youtube.com/user/durangodude01nj

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6pc Tama SCM - Maple Reserve Medit. Sea Blue w/abalone inlay
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4pc Tama B/B - Vintage Blue Sparkle
6pc Tama SCP Birch - real Cherry veneer ( http://youtu.be/onQfQ48uzGE )
5pc Tama BB/SCP Birch hybrid - Bad-Ass Oyster ( http://youtu.be/uL_VW5vAyS0 )



pontiyak
#3 Posted : 6/17/2017 3:26:36 PM
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Thanks Tamadude. I forgot to mention the toms were cut down from the X-Tra deep sizes.

yak
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
TamaDudeNJ
#4 Posted : 6/17/2017 4:47:04 PM
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And I forgot to mention that if this kit had a 10 you might have a buyer lol Happy
John W. ("J-Dub")
My Band:
www.facebook.com/sundaybrave
www.sundaybravenj.com

www.youtube.com/user/durangodude01nj

7pc Tama SCM - Platinum Fade ( http://youtu.be/ACREas8q2hE )
6pc Tama SCM - Maple Reserve Medit. Sea Blue w/abalone inlay
5pc Tama SCM - Natural Pacific Walnut Burst
5pc Tama Star Walnut - Red Burgundy
5pc Tama B/B - Gun Metal Stripe
5pc Tama B/B - White Silk ( http://youtu.be/uBYUs0ICvNY )
4pc Tama B/B - Vintage Blue Sparkle
6pc Tama SCP Birch - real Cherry veneer ( http://youtu.be/onQfQ48uzGE )
5pc Tama BB/SCP Birch hybrid - Bad-Ass Oyster ( http://youtu.be/uL_VW5vAyS0 )



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#5 Posted : 6/17/2017 8:52:15 PM
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Originally Posted by: TamaDudeNJ Go to Quoted Post
And I forgot to mention that if this kit had a 10 you might have a buyer lol Happy



I just happen to know where there is a 10 x 8 Granstar Custom in CherryWine, and I have a spare
Crtestar badge....Dance

yak
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
TamaDudeNJ
#6 Posted : 6/17/2017 9:55:04 PM
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Then maybe we should talk lol
John W. ("J-Dub")
My Band:
www.facebook.com/sundaybrave
www.sundaybravenj.com

www.youtube.com/user/durangodude01nj

7pc Tama SCM - Platinum Fade ( http://youtu.be/ACREas8q2hE )
6pc Tama SCM - Maple Reserve Medit. Sea Blue w/abalone inlay
5pc Tama SCM - Natural Pacific Walnut Burst
5pc Tama Star Walnut - Red Burgundy
5pc Tama B/B - Gun Metal Stripe
5pc Tama B/B - White Silk ( http://youtu.be/uBYUs0ICvNY )
4pc Tama B/B - Vintage Blue Sparkle
6pc Tama SCP Birch - real Cherry veneer ( http://youtu.be/onQfQ48uzGE )
5pc Tama BB/SCP Birch hybrid - Bad-Ass Oyster ( http://youtu.be/uL_VW5vAyS0 )



pontiyak
#8 Posted : 6/17/2017 10:52:13 PM
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Then maybe we should talk lol



Sure...E-mail me your number. I'll spend a few bucks to talk to a Tama Dude any day :)

Kevin
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
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#7 Posted : 6/18/2017 10:49:14 PM
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Originally Posted by: TamaDudeNJ Go to Quoted Post
Then maybe we should talk lol

yea, the guy does some damn fine work doesnt he? Clap
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#9 Posted : 6/19/2017 12:31:18 PM

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Yak, that is BEAUTIFUL work!!

So you sold the first-year superstars that I sent your way?

-john
83 AS Cordia 8/10/12/13/16/22
81 Aqua SS Bop 10/12/14FT/18, 6/8 CT, 13,15
85 14x5 CAR
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WANTED aqua SS snare
pontiyak
#10 Posted : 6/19/2017 8:40:00 PM
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Yak, that is BEAUTIFUL work!!

So you sold the first-year superstars that I sent your way?

-john


John: Thanks for the Kudos on the Crestar kit.

Yes sadly I had to sell off a few kits, including my prized Warlord kit.
The economy up here turned real bad right after I bought your kit.
I went two months with no work.
The restoration on the kick turned out perfect, and the very minor tom rash cleaned up nice too.
I took a bit of a loss on the drums, but I still have the stands.

I know where the drums are and I may try to buy them back. They were in very nice condition,
and sounded great. But I had to put stuff up for sale that I knew would sell quickly. The wolves were at the door.

Funny thing is.... My 1976 Supe' kit in Custom black which is fully restored I can't seem to sell ??
Not even one bite, yet it's more rare than the Custom Mahogany or the Custom Maple.

If I had sold that I would have kept the mahogany kit.

Kevin
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
jweiss
#11 Posted : 6/22/2017 2:46:47 AM
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14" Crestar FT's are a rare unicorn. I don't know that I've ever seen one online ever.

I bought a similar vintage Superstar (hanging, not FT) and put Crestar lugs on it to match my kit. Best I could do for cheap :).

Happy hunting.
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#12 Posted : 7/17/2017 9:53:39 PM
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The Crestar restoration is on it's way to a wonderful gal in OH.

I now turn my attention to a resto 3 piece bop kit that has been collecting
dust for almost 3 years.

Shhh yak
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
CB_Photo
#13 Posted : 7/17/2017 10:27:12 PM
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The Crestar restoration is on it's way to a wonderful gal in OH.

I now turn my attention to a resto 3 piece bop kit that has been collecting
dust for almost 3 years.

Shhh yak

Photos, photos, photos, Mr. Canuck
pontiyak
#14 Posted : 7/17/2017 10:48:12 PM
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The Crestar restoration is on it's way to a wonderful gal in OH.

I now turn my attention to a resto 3 piece bop kit that has been collecting
dust for almost 3 years.

Shhh yak

Photos, photos, photos, Mr. Canuck



I will, I will, I will... Let me get the resto done first...LOL.

yak
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
CB_Photo
#15 Posted : 7/17/2017 11:25:06 PM
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The Crestar restoration is on it's way to a wonderful gal in OH.

I now turn my attention to a resto 3 piece bop kit that has been collecting
dust for almost 3 years.

Shhh yak

Photos, photos, photos, Mr. Canuck

I will, I will, I will... Let me get the resto done first...LOL.

yak

But, can we see the "before" situation? Please?
pontiyak
#16 Posted : 7/19/2017 10:34:42 PM
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The Crestar restoration is on it's way to a wonderful gal in OH.

I now turn my attention to a resto 3 piece bop kit that has been collecting
dust for almost 3 years.

Shhh yak

Photos, photos, photos, Mr. Canuck

I will, I will, I will... Let me get the resto done first...LOL.

yak

But, can we see the "before" situation? Please?



CB:...LOL, that would spoil the surprise, but I will post before and after pix when done.
yak
1974 Imperialstars Bop kit 24/14/16 (undergoing restoration).
1978 ImperialStar Saturn 12+1 Kit in Midnight blue.(outfit #8993).
1978 ImperialStar Mars 9 kit in Hairline chrome.(outfit #8909),plus 6/8/10/12 concert toms.
1979 SuperStar Super Sunburst kit 22/12/13/14/16 & 6.5" snare
1983 Superstars in Super Mahogany X-tra deep series 22/22/10/11/12/13/14/16/18. 6.5"snare & 8" split lug snare.
1976 Superstars in Custom Black 13/14/16/22X15 (restored)
1982/83 Superstars X-tra deep series in Cherrywine 22/12/13 (restored)
A plethora of snares, 1974-2013. vintage & custom.
Paiste Innovations series cymbals. Tama stands and pedals.
Tama life is on hold. Majorly bummed. Selling and hating it.
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