Joined: Jan 23, 2005
Location: Lewisville, Texas, USA
No. 1 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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