Tama Starphonic 14 x 8 Maple Snare Drum, Mappa Burl

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Product Ref: 79158

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  • 1mm Steel Shell for Tight Crisp Snare Response
  • Quick and Easy Snare Head Changes

Tama Starphonic 14 x 8 Maple Snare Drum, Mappa Burl

The Tama Starphonic 14" x 8" Maple Snare offers a vintage-style sound at an affordable price. The combination of maple's open, resonant sound with the grooved Hoop and super sensitive Hi-Carbon Snappy gives this drum a rich, open, crisp sound reminiscent of prized vintage snares. An entirely new hoop, lug and strainer design as well as Super High Sensitive Hi-Carbon Snare Wires and a specially designed Grooved Hoop all combine to produce a professional, powerful and user friendly snare drum.

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Grooved Hoop

Tama carefully studied the evolution of the hoop and its affect on a snare's sound. They combined vintage design and modern technology to create the Starphonic snare's new patented Grooved Hoop.

Bearing Edge

The Starphonic's bearing edges have an angle on top of 2.5mm, inside from the outer surface of the shell. The edge is cut to a round collar to follow the natural shape of the drum head. This creates a better fit between the drum head and shell, maximising the resonance.

Super Sensitive Hi-Carbon Snappy Snare

This new piece of hardware fits more closely to the snare side head for greater sensitivity and brighter, crisper sound. It's been redesigned using new materials and a customised plate shape and wire coil winding pattern.

Freedom Lug & Claw Hook

A new quick release system allows you to loosen the tension rods and tilt the claw hooks away from the Grooved Hoop. This makes changing drum heads quick and easy.

"Linear-Drive" Strainer

The Starphonic strainer uses a "Liner-Drive" system which provides greater control of the lever adjustment arm and the strainer's deployment motion. Even if you move the arm quickly you won't hear the usual 'slap' of the wires hitting the bottom head. The strainer movement is designed to work in a true linear motion similar to the motion found on "round sprocket" drum pedals. Most strainers are not designed like this and tend to speed up right before the snare wires connect with the snare side head. Also, by tilting the angle of the butt plate 30 degrees, this design holds the snare wire cords or tape more firmly and reduces unnecessary pressure on the strainer and shell.

Non-Loosening Rubber Gasket

Starphonic's claw hooks feature a rubber block inside to prevent the tension bolts from loosening during playing. Once the tension bolt is tightened, the claw hook is pressed towards the rubber block inside the claw hook and adds pressure to the tension rod inside.

Detachable Butt Plate

The Detachable Strainer Butt allows you to change your snare side head, but keeps the snare wire tension in its original state. Just loosen the screws and detach the butt plate with the snappy snares still on. When you reattach the butt plate, the snare wire tension will be restored to its original position and calibration. The Grooved Snare Side Hoop features an open frame for simpler operation.

Ratchet Style Snappy Tension Adjuster

To prevent the snappy snares from loosening Tama incorporated a ratchet system on the strainer's tension adjustment mechanism. Much like an adjustment tool with fine gears, it achieves high pressure retention, even with extreme settings. Single click adjustments offer a vertical pull of 0.083mm of wire motion, which allows you to achieve ultra sensitive micro-adjustments.


  • Shell: 14" x 8" 6mm/6ply maple + outer 1ply mappa burl
  • Colour: Satin Mappa Burl (STM)
  • Lug: Freedom Lug
  • Hoop: Grooved Hoop (10lug)
  • Strainer/Butt: "Linear-Drive" Strainer/Detachable Butt
  • Snare Wire: MS20RL14C Super Sensitive Hi-Carbon Snare Wire