The transferral of one of Tama’s flagship lines to China was a massive risk, and was always going to be met with a sharp intake of breath from critics. But you’d be a fool to think that a company with Tama’s reputation for excellence would rush into any decision without weighing up every pro and con. In fact, the Starclassic Bubinga looks and feels exactly like the fully-fledged Japanese-made pro kit it replaces… it just costs £500 less. Natch!
FULL REVIEW: Tama Starclassic Bubinga drum kit
Stockton-On-Tees carpenter Dean Price is also well deserved a nod in this category for his Guru Drumworks brand of boutique-style sets. Stunning craftsmanship on kits that - considering they’re one-offs - don’t cost the earth.