Drum Hardware

All About Stands, Pedals and Other Drum Hardware

General Things You want To Know About Drum Hardware

Double braced - usually found on the legs of all stands promoting double bracing (inc Pic). Advantage - double braced legs stop the stand from moving around everywhere and stop the stand from falling over when hitting the cymbal hard.

Pedals - they come in a few different forms. You can get single chain drive, dual-chain drive and belt driven pedals. Pedals with 2 springs, pedals with footboards and an array of beaters. oh... and double pedals too! The dual chain pedals are the best for obvious reasons (they're are more hardcore and take a heavy foot in their stride). Pedals with dual springs are more responsive than single spring pedals and bring the beater off the head of the drum quickly, great for some fancy footwork.
High-end pedals come with footboards, the footboard is the strong-man of the pedal, eliminating flex, and in turn ensuring all the power from the foot is transferred to the beater without any loss, unlike a foot pedal without a footboard where the energy is sometimes lost with unwanted pedal movement. So, a combination of dual springs, footboard and a dual chain equals one super tough reliable pedal. The same applies to double-pedals; they have all the same features but x2.

Memory locks - not all stands have them but there is a huge advantage to memory locks. When a drummer eventually finds the perfect position for their drums and cymbals and believe me it takes time, they want to be able to strip the kit down and set-up the next time with everything in the same position. With memory locks this is possible. Basically when you are happy with the position of your hardware, you simply tighten the allen bolt on the memory lock, now the next time you set-up your kit you can do it quickly and all the stands will be at the correct height.

Boom stand - The Giraffe of the drum hardware family. Boom stands enable easy position of cymbals almost anywhere around the kit due to there long boom arms. This is a huge advantage when your range of cymbals gets out of control and you end up running out of space.

Cymbal stacker - Cymbal stackers attach to the top of boom or standard cymbal stands where you would usually place the wing-nut. When space is running out cymbal stackers are great, people tend to stick china's or splashes on stackers, for the simple reason that its easier to hit the smaller cymbal on top of a bigger cymbal.

Hi-Hat Stand - Hi-hat stands are a very important part of the drum kit. A hi-hat stand is like a straight cymbal stand with a spring operated pedal connected to a rod that open/closes the top hi-hat cymbal. The top hi-hat cymbal is connected to the clutch, the clutch has a hole through the middle where the rod fits, and is secured in the "open" position by a screw nut. There is a different kind of clutch available for drummers with a double bass drum setup, and this is called the "drop clutch". When the drummer needs to use both feet on the double pedal and still use the hi-hats in the closed position, they simply hit the lever and the hats drop, leaving them to some fancy footwork, then all they have to do is simply put there foot back on the pedal and the clutch will reset itself back to the open position.

Snare Stand - Itís important to have a good solid snare stand, as the snare drum is one of the most important parts of the contemporary drum kit it is played the most. Single braced lightweight snare stands tend to move quite a lot, but a good double braced snare stand will live up to any modern drummersí needs.
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