Hoshino Gakki began manufacturing drums in 1965 under the name “Star Drums”.
By 1979, Hoshino decided to make a concerted effort to make high-quality drums and hardware and start marketing its drums under the Tama brand. Tama was the name of the owner’s wife, and means “jewel” in Japanese. “Star” continues to be used in the names of Tama’s drum models to this day.
Tama Drums is a brand of drums and hardware manufactured and marketed by the Japanese musical instrument company, Hoshino Gakki.
Tama’s research and development of products, along with production of its professional drums, is done in Seto, Japan, while its hardware and more affordable drums are manufactured in Guangzhou, China
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