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Missed My Tama Octobans So I Made My Own
sandman
#1 Posted : 5/1/2013 1:41:22 PM
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Like an idiot, I sold all my 8 Tama Octobans about 2 years ago to fund some other drum purchases. I decided I wanted some more Octos but wanted some in Maple so I built my own out of Keller Maple Shells. I built them to match a Red Sparkle Luddy kit so I outfitted my Octobans with Ludwig Mini-Classic Lugs, OEM Tama Octoban Clip Mounts, OEM Tama Octoban Hoops, and applied matching Ludwig Keystone Badges. I got some Keller 6 Ply Maple Shells in 6x12, 6x14, 6x16, and 6x18 and cut double 45 degree bearing edges. To protect the bottom of the shells, I added a piece of Textured Black PVC U-Channel Molding like they used to do in the 60's and 70's to protect the bottom of concert toms. They turned out nice and they sound warm and articulate. Here's a few pics.









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#2 Posted : 5/1/2013 1:48:32 PM
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Man they look great! It's almost like something you could have imagine Ludwig would have made in the 60's. Is it a wrap or lacquer? If it was wrapped I would suppose that the channeling on the bottom might help make the wrap behave itself at the edge as well. How would you compare the sound to the regular black resin Tama ones?

Nice job there brother!!

I see the KTM450 there my friend. I used to own a 620SC which I dearly miss, even with it's left foot kick start. I think I'm gonna have to get myself another chook chaser again soon...
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#3 Posted : 5/1/2013 3:18:33 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, my brother. Sorry, forgot to include in the description that the Red Sparkle is indeed a wrap. You can never go wrong with classic Red Sparkle. I applied the wrap using Weldwood Contact Cement in the red can. The wrap and shells were purchased from Drum Supply House. As far as sound goes, Nothing in the world sounds as good as original Tama Octobans when it comes to projection due to their use of composite materials to make the shells. Maple Octos are warmer sounding, not quite as articulate as Tama. I am going to apply a few coats of clear lacquer to the interior of the shells to brighten them up a bit more which should help bring out a higher pitched fundamental note.

After I cut the dual 45 degree bearing edges, I carefully sanded and polished with 400 grit up to 2000 grit making the bearing edges smooth as a baby's bottom. Once the edges were smoothed out, I applied a coat of Mothers 100% Carnuba Wax followed up by a light application of Drum Dial's New Bearing Edge Treatment. It's basically like Chapstick for your bearing edges. Never used it before so this is a first. I built the Octobans to match my Ludwig Classic Maple Monster. Next I plan on building myself a 6x13 Maple Timbale in Red Sparkle.

Good eye, yep that's my 2005 KTM 450 EXC which I bought new in the Summer of '05. I just completed a nut and bolt restoration on her 9 months ago. She is my pride and joy. A pleasure to ride both in the woods and dual sport. KTM is the only brand for me. Easy to work on and reliable as the day as long.
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