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Tama Octobans 4 Pieces Low Pitch

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Among Tama's first "Original" instruments, the octobans have been played by progressive drummers from Simon Phillips to Stewart Copeland to Mike Portnoy. The length of the shells determines pitch rang... Click To Read More About This Product

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Among Tama's first "Original" instruments, the octobans have been played by progressive drummers from Simon Phillips to Stewart Copeland to Mike Portnoy. The length of the shells determines pitch range, and they can be tuned melodically. 6" diameter shells. Includes HW 119 stand. Specify high-pitched or low-pitched set.

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  • 4 - 6" wide shells of varying lengths
  • Double-braced HW 119 stand
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Wood hoops - 30 day warranty.
All hardware (metal hoops) and shell finish - One year warranty.
Shells - 5 year warranty.


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TamaOctobans 4 Pieces
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

These guys can be used in so many ways it's overwhelming

I've always wanted Octobans. I'm a big fan of kits with a good amount of toms, and in hearing other musicians play these, I knew they added a ton of diversity and increased...Read complete review

I've always wanted Octobans. I'm a big fan of kits with a good amount of toms, and in hearing other musicians play these, I knew they added a ton of diversity and increased the sound range in most kits. I ended up going with the 4 pack, and I've been slowly experimenting on how to incorporate the Octobans into various playing styles. I feel like I haven't even begun to touch the potential of how they can be used, but so far they are GREAT. When tuned to flow into your main toms, these can be used for extremely epic fills. I've also used them as a quick punch in a simple ride beat, adding a little diversity, but extreme personality to a very simple beat. On their own, I'm sure they have many uses as well. Overall, these toms have such a distinct sound that can be used on their own, or combined with a kit in a very unique way. If you're looking to add a range of sound and add some diversity to your kit, these will do it for you. So far these things are awesome, and I know I haven't even touched their full potential.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Skip these, buy the Peace copies

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. ...Read complete review

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. After playing them side by side, I liked the sound of the Peace better -- maybe because they are aluminum shells instead of the fiberglass shells of the Tamas. And the Peace octobans were literally HALF the price of the Tamas. These are really cool, but the price can't be justified unless budget is no object.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product...pricey buyer's remorse

By J_LEW

from GA

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Price
  • Too Costly

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Small Venues

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

Once you strike the heads...it takes you back to Stewart Copeland/Simmons...
Then you notice how flat your pockets are... not the drumming timing pocket, but your wallet. And you're remorseful.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Octobans forever!

By Rod Erceg

from Mandurah Western Australia

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I purchased my current Tama Superstar 10pc kit in 1980 and ive always wanted a set of Octobans to add to the kit for as long as i can remember. 34yrs later i finally purchased a set of 4 high pitch Octobans and havn't been able to get the smile off of my face ever since....You can tune them up to sound a lot like Timpani style drums or you can tune them down (like I have) and get an awsome loud,fat penetrating sound that i absolutely love. I cant wait for Musician's Friend to get a used set of Low Pitch Octobans in stock so i can complete the set and tune these up a bit higher.....Its been a long wait but i absolutely love the drums and find myself banging on them more than the rest of my kit..(currently got 17 drums and 11cymbals to play with). If you are the type of drummer that wants to add extra voices to what you play then these are great. No you cant have these ones they are mine..Go get your own!
So far i have found that the mounting system for the Octobans is limiting. I was hoping to put them on a rack mount but am not aware of a bracket that will fit the Octobans to attach to a rack to do this. Otherwise the supplied stand and mounting bracket works great as a stand alone set
Overall quallity and appearance is excellent, but i did have problems with the tension screws coming loose for the first couple of days until the heads settled in and now they appear to be okay. Some of this problem may be caused by my liking of a low sounding drum and probably could be tightened up a bit more.
I dont have experience with any other competitors brand to realy comment on the compared value but I sure do like the Tama Octobans that I have.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The original, but perhaps not the best

By souldeadrums

from VT

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I'll say right off the bat, that I'm an enormous Tama fan. I've owned or played just about every non-custom brand on the market, and Tama is WAY up there in overall value. The quality has always been top-notch and the price comparable to MUCH lower quality drums. Unfortunately these octobans are not quite what I would expect from Tama. The sound is cool, and the hardware is beefy, but EXTREMELY limited in adjustment and plain-Jane looks. For the price they're asking, just not worth it in my mind. For a LOT less money, you can pick up RCI Acrylic octobans for a lot less, and you can chose from a zillion different colors and patterns. Plus they generally come with RIMS mounts and L-arms for better resonance and adjustability. The acrylic sound is (arguably) more rich and punchy than the "plastic" or fiberglass Tama uses here. If any of you have seen the clear acrylic Mike Portnoy kit Tama made for DT's previous tour, those are ALL RCI shells, not made by Tama.

(26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I need more!!!!!

By Bob Meske

from Franklin Pk.

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I'm a product of the 80's when sets were huge and drummers were worshipped as gods. I've had the low pitch set for a year now and can't imagine playing without them. I plan on buying the high pitch set in a month or so. I'll let you know what I think then. For now I'll just have to be happy playing the 16 drums and 12 cymbals I have now. Told you I'm a product of the 80's. Go big or go home. Rock on.

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These guys can be used in so many ways it's overwhelming

By Pat

from Rhode Island

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I've always wanted Octobans. I'm a big fan of kits with a good amount of toms, and in hearing other musicians play these, I knew they added a ton of diversity and increased the sound range in most kits. I ended up going with the 4 pack, and I've been slowly experimenting on how to incorporate the Octobans into various playing styles. I feel like I haven't even begun to touch the potential of how they can be used, but so far they are GREAT. When tuned to flow into your main toms, these can be used for extremely epic fills. I've also used them as a quick punch in a simple ride beat, adding a little diversity, but extreme personality to a very simple beat. On their own, I'm sure they have many uses as well. Overall, these toms have such a distinct sound that can be used on their own, or combined with a kit in a very unique way. If you're looking to add a range of sound and add some diversity to your kit, these will do it for you. So far these things are awesome, and I know I haven't even touched their full potential.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i would like to buy it

By dr. drum

from Israel

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

Hi, i would like to buy octabans, but in my country no one sells it, any1 has an idea how can i get it directly from TAMA?

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TAMA Octobans (high pitch)

By JIm K

from Canfield, Ohio

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I got a set of Octobans ( high Pitch) to incorporate into my set of Pearl Reference Drum Kit.. With the Reference Kit being deep in tone.. the Octobans really bring out the higher pitch.. It adds some different sounds as well.. The Octobans produce sounds that cannot be made with a drum kit.. I think its the best addition to my kit.. and I will be looking to get the other (low pitch) set and incorporate that as well... Octobans---- a must for any drummer, who likes to drum outside the box!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

I have a set of 2 high pitched and love them!

By Chris-9BPqn

from Baltimore

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I just got a set of 2 high pitched Tama Octobans because I wanted a high end attack in my kit. They fit perfectly in size and sound! I didn't see any need for 4 or 8 drums, so I just got the two and the price was very resonable for a high quality instrument that can handle anything you throw at them.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

These are nice!

By Dan-c8H0P

from Missouri

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

These are really nice drums. I liked Stewart Copeland and loved the sound of those long cannons but I didn't have the cash back then to get the long ones. These are shorter, I own the full set of eight. If you buy a set, you'll have to get used to the head diameter and that will take about a month or more, depending on your skill level. They are VERY expensive, yes, but they are the only answer to a true Octabon sound. The knockoffs out there just don't have the tone and attack that Tama has managed to harness into these beautys. They will make your kit look extremely wicked too :) I think you'll be happy with them. I sure am :)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Skip these, buy the Peace copies

By SumDrumDude

from Denver, CO

Comments about Tama Octobans 4 Pieces:

I was memerized by the sound of these in one Simon Phillips' polyrythm drum solos. Then I looked at the price -- GEESH! I found out that Peace drums makes Octobans, too. After playing them side by side, I liked the sound of the Peace better -- maybe because they are aluminum shells instead of the fiberglass shells of the Tamas. And the Peace octobans were literally HALF the price of the Tamas. These are really cool, but the price can't be justified unless budget is no object.

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