Yeah, I think it’s a 16 and 18. According to my brother it was a 1978 Tama Superstar. He bought it in 1989 when he was 17 and I was 12. Before that, we had a clear Ludwig Vistalite, which he sold, and we wish like hell we still had it. Obviously that was in that dead period well after they went out of fashion but well before they came back in.
It had two bass drums, four rack toms (12, 13, 14, 15), and two floors (16, 18). Looked a bit like one of Neil Peart’s 80s kits without all the concert toms and chimes and such.
When he graduated, he bought a new snare, took the 12 and the 15, and turned the 15 into a small floor tom. At the time he was starting to play a lot of bebop jazz and didn’t have any use for a giant prog kit anymore. He left me the 13, 14 and the two floors. We also divided up the cymbals. Anything that was missing we just filled in ourselves. It was funny when he moved back home for awhile years later after playing bars in St. Louis for several years and we’d put them next to each other; his had noticeably darkened in colour from all the smoke in the bars.
I miss that snare - it’s a Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5 and it was punchy as hell. But these weren’t really mine, so he kinda did what he wanted; I got all the sloppy seconds.
He still has his half but they are in a pretty bad state of disrepair; he’s got two other kits now. My parents sold my half long ago after I’d left for Melbourne.
I bought a set of maroon Tamas when I got here and had those for about 7-8 years until I got the blue Sonors.