Tama Artstar
Make/Model Tama Superstar
Wood Four-ply Artstar prototype shells with inner fiberglass Vibrafibed layer by Percussion Center
Finish Red Candy Apple custom
Hardware Brass plated, T keybolts
Usage 1982 - 1986 (Signals, Signals Tour, Grace Under Pressure, Grace Under Pressure Tour, Power Windows, Power Windows Tour)

In 1984, an exact replica was created for the Grace Under Pressure Japanese tour by Hoshino-Gakki.

The original was given away by Neil to Jack Hess of Indiana, winner of a contest in Modern Drummer in 1987. It sat in his basement untill August 1999, when it sold on eBay to Scott Jemm of Arizona for $26,100. He displayed the kit until 2002, when it auctioned at starting price of $12,000. There were no bids at first, but it sold for $14,621.12. The buyer allowed Robert Telleria, webmaster of Merely Players, to restore the kit. It took four months and $20,000. He later bought the kit for himself.

On June 26, 2012, it was auctioned off on the Julien's Live website for $35,000. It included non-original drums, including a 20" x 14" gong bass drum, two timbales at 13" x 6 1/2" and 14" x 6 1/2" with Remo Ambassador heads, and custom Protechtor drum cases by XL Specialty Percussion, Inc.


Custom lathed reinforcement rings, custom clip mounts on Concert Toms

  • 12" x 8" with Remo Emperor Batter head
  • 13" x 9" with Remo Emperor Batter head
  • 15" x 12" with Remo Emperor Batter head
  • 6" x 5 1/2" Concert Tom with Remo C.S. Batter Black Dot head
  • 8" x 5 1/4" Concert Tom with Remo C.S. Batter Black Dot head
  • 10" x 6 1/2" Concert Tom with Remo C.S. Batter Black Dot head
  • 12" x 8" Concert Tom with Remo C.S. Batter Black Dot head
  • 18" x 16" Floor Tom


Custom off center Tom mounting

  • Two 24" x 16" with Remo C.S. Bass Drum heads on kick, Starman heads
  • 16" x 14"
  • 22" Gong Bass

Added September 1983, Radio City Music Hall

  • 14" x 18"



Two 13" New Beat Hi-Hats

Two 20" Medium Crashs

Two 16" Medium Thin Crashs

10" Splash

8" Splash

Two 22" Ping Rides

Two 18" Medium Thin Crashs

20" Swish

18" Pang

19" K China Boy


Zildjian 26" Turkish Gong

Zildjian Crotale

Zildjian 1-Octave Crotales


Added September 1983, Radio City Music Hall

  • Simmons SDSV Drum Pads


  • Merely Players 6-26-2012
  • Julien's Live Neil Peart 1982-1986 Album and Tour Played Drum Kit, 6-26-2012

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