Video demo Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit Second video of the 3 new Tama S.L.P. drum sets Video demo Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit Watch the rundown of our second article on the new Tama S.L.P. drum kits: the Studio Maple. Tama has brought their successful Sound Lap Project (S.L.P.) snare drum concept to a new level with the three drum kits the company officially launched at the 2018 NAMM Show. The Dynamic Capur, the Studio Maple and the Fat Spruce all come with their own specs, finishes, sound and, of course; their unique S.L.P. look and feel. Below is all the info on the second drum set that we feature: the Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit, including Joel Rosenblatt who plays the kit in the studio.

S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit
The Studio Maple is indeed made of 100% Maple wood. There are approximately 128 species of Maple wood. Most of them are from Asia, but Maple can also be found in Europe, northern Africa, and North America. That is why some brands rightfully claim their drums are '100% North America Maple'. And, if you are still wondering but were always too afraid to secretly Google it; yes, Maple syrup is made from the same family of trees.

Special here is that the hoops are also that 100% Maple Wood. Maple's characteristics are that it has a focused, warm tone. Tama's description says this drum is great for live performance, but it performs best in the studio because of the drum's controlled resonance. That well balanced resonance is for a great part due to the added Sound Focus Rings inside the drums, and Tama's new Direct Flexi-Mount system that is explained in the video.

Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit
With courtesy of Tama, we added a drum solo of Joel Rosenblatt from the official Tama video.


"These drums are singing. They sound amazing when playing them. The wood hoops makes the rimshots sound fatter, even on the toms. It is a really round, satisfying kit to play. The new Direct Flexi-Mount for the toms obviously work because they resonate so well. And that is what we're going for.
- Joel Rosenblatt"

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Specs S.L.P. Studio Maple
  • All Maple Shell with Sound Focus Ring (image below)
    Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit Sound Focus Ring
  • The toms and floor tom are 6ply, 5mm
  • The bass drum is 8plies, 6mm
  • Maple Wood Hoop
    The hoops are 22 mm thick.
  • Direct Flexi-Mount
    The new Direct-Flexi Mount has a two-piece structure: a plate that is mounted to the shell, and another piece that holds the L-shaped rod of a tom holder or stand. It is one of Tama's clever designs to increase the resonance of the drums.
  • Evans G1 coated drumheads
  • The finish is: Gloss Sienna
Tama Studio Maple Configurations

    Configuration #1
  • 16"x22" Bass Drum
  • 7"x10" Tom Tom
  • 8"x12" Tom Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom
  • Double Tom Holder

Tama S.L.P. Studio Maple Drum Kit

    Configuration #2
  • 16"x22" Bass Drum
  • 7"x10" Tom Tom
  • 8"x12" Tom Tom
  • 14"x14" Floor Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom

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