Topic: Adding to gigging setups

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Posted by: paul
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012 2:26 PM

Several years ago, when I was using either 5 or 7 toms for most gigs, I built a rack for a 4 piece setup. That rack wound up a 5 piece with 2 floor toms one evening when after a couple of beers I realized there was room on the right.

In the meantime, my main gigging rack evolved to a 2 up, 2 down setup. About the same time, I built another 2/2 setup for jazz gigs at a particular bar with an unusual stage setup. That rack lets me get a "large" set in a small area of the raised stage, with parts of the right side actually hanging over the edge. Works on bigger stages, too.

So naturally, over the last year or two I've had a need occasionally for a smaller setup, usually to appease band leaders who believe we get louder when we add drums, or jazz players who freak out when they see more than 4 drums on a kit. It uses two heavy Yamaha stands, lets me have 2 rides and a large china along with the toms, weighs a ton, is inconvenient to take, and actually has as big a footprint as my smaller 6 piece.

A quick check of my parts inventory reveals more than sufficient tubing and clamps to build another rack, so that's going to be my project for the next week or so, building a dedicated 4 piece rack that will also let me have a cowbell and probably a splash.

Rack fun! I love it.

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Posted by: StillKicken
Posted on: Jan 5, 2013 10:21 AM

Racks: I love it and I hate it. LOL!!

Starting last summer I started building a do all rack. LOL!! Using some of the original Stealth parts and a new Rack with all curved tubs; the cross tube is like 43 or 46” long.

I was thinking if leaving all the brackets on the cross tube and having the hide-a-way cymbal arms in the vertical tubes that setup would be a lot faster. It would be faster if I asked one of the guys to help but that’s not the point. I should be able to do everything myself so I didn’t ask. The weight of the system was prohibitive and lining up the cross bar with the brackets was a chore. Plus I found out those vertical curved tubes were not the best system in the world. They look nice but alignment during setup was a problem, they were changed to straight. Once setup it was a nice strong rack and a pleasure to play with everything in its proper place. I planned to add wheels but never did.

After converting my 16 x 18 floor tom to a bass I created a cute little rack for small area gigs. I used two of the 36” vertical curved tubes turned sideways, one on each side of the bass, using the curve to encircles the little bass with a 8” cross bar at the top. It holds two hide-a-way cymbal arms and two toms; 10” and 12” with a stealth system for snare drum. I haven’t tried it yet but I plan to add a curve wing on the right side for the 14” tom and another arm on the left for my small powered monitor and possibly mounting an 8” tom on the same arm for larger gigs.

I don’t have a decent hardware case at this time, so transport is a problem. I do most of the rack setup on the tail gate of my truck to minimize trips back and forth to the stage; this makes it heavy and clumsy to carry. I plan to fix that problem in the near future with this:

The 38” size I feel will do the trick for me. I saw one at the local drum shop and it’s very well made heavy duty and roomy; maybe a little pricy at $190.00 but well worth it.

At this time I’m using one or two folding stands to minimize on trips and weight but anxious to return to a rack for stability and standard setup each time.


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