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Eric Dodson

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Drummers need this....
« on: February 25, 2009, 12:25:34 PM »

Hello Everyone.
About a year ago we did a show for the band Smashmouth. The drum tech was using Velcro pads to hold down the bass drum, high hat and cymbal stands.
At the end of the gig he handed us a pair of bass drum pads to use on future gigs. Since then, I've used them on several occasions and every time the drummer or drum tech says something along the lines of, "wow, what a great idea and great product for drummers". Then I get several versions of the story of how drummers solve the problem of drums not staying in place while they play.
Since its likely that we all have had occasions in the past using something as drastic as a cinder block or as simple as gaff tape to keep drums from walking down the stage when the drummer plays hard, and then having to reset the mics, I thought I would pass along this little secret weapon.
Just to be clear..... I am in no way affiliated with the company or product. Just a happy user of them. Also, it might also be good information to know that the drum tech for Smashmouth is also the inventor for the product. (nice guy too).....
Anyway, Not to sound like a sales guy, check em out... <http://www.standfirm.info>
Cheers.
Eric Dodson
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Adam Kane

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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 12:40:39 PM »

Very cool.

I just played a gig a couple weeks ago where these would have come in handy.  For sure, I'd pay $30 to never have to mess with it again.

Thanks for the link.
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009, 01:18:39 PM »

Our drummer has a piece of 2x4 mounted on to the front of his carpet to hold the kick drum in place.  I've never noticed him have problems with anything else moving around and this guy hits as hard as anyone (too hard, if you ask me.)

Can't beat the 2x4  Smile

Adam
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2009, 05:11:24 PM »

Adam Sykes wrote on Wed, 25 February 2009 12:18

Our drummer has a piece of 2x4 mounted on to the front of his carpet to hold the kick drum in place.  I've never noticed him have problems with anything else moving around and this guy hits as hard as anyone (too hard, if you ask me.)

Can't beat the 2x4  Smile

Adam

Seems like that would look very tacky.  Rolling Eyes  I don't know if I'd want a piece of lumber in front of my kit. Anyway, I think this product looks very neat and useful.
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 05:20:04 PM »

There are drum carpets out there with what appears to be a 2x4 molded into the carpet backing itself.
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009, 08:15:31 PM »

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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2009, 10:36:56 PM »

Milt Hathaway wrote on Wed, 25 February 2009 16:20

There are drum carpets out there with what appears to be a 2x4 molded into the carpet backing itself.

I'm sure it looks just fine molded into the rug. I got the impression he was referring to his drummer just attaching an unpainted piece of wood to the rug and calling it a day.  
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2009, 10:56:48 PM »

Derek Shawver wrote on Wed, 25 February 2009 20:36

Milt Hathaway wrote on Wed, 25 February 2009 16:20

There are drum carpets out there with what appears to be a 2x4 molded into the carpet backing itself.

I'm sure it looks just fine molded into the rug. I got the impression he was referring to his drummer just attaching an unpainted piece of wood to the rug and calling it a day.  


Depends on  whether the look of the set is more important than the drums staying in place. I see the 2x4-in-the-carpet thing all the time, and there's no shame in it.

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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2009, 03:32:58 AM »

 These look awesome!! I am going to order some right away for a few guys I know...

I have one old school society big band that I work with where the drummer uses a crazy system. He plays a beautiful old Slingerland kit that he has owned since he was a teenager (he is in his 60's now) but instead of a carpet, he uses bungee cords. He uses the old multi-colored ones with the metal hook end. Each stand, along with each bass drum spur get a bungee attached back to his stool!!  Cool

By the time he is done getting everything in place it is a spiderweb under there! He starts off with them slacked out a bit, and when he really gets rocking you can see the kick springing back and forth to the beat. Of course, he has been doing this for decades without fail... maybe he is onto something!
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Re: Drummers need this....
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2009, 08:33:37 AM »

Decent idea, prohibitive cost. $29.95 for a bass drum pair is a bit high and 14.95 each for each leg of a stand is prohibitive, in my book. And you need a rug that velcro will hold to, to start with.

There is a company that sold little U shaped plastic/nylon pieces you screw/bolt to a rug that is far cheaper, not as easy to use as the velcro idea, but also can be easily copied with some luan. Gig stops or rug stops, they were called.

The 2x4 idea has been around for a long time for a bass drum stop. If they paint it, or better yet wrap it in inexpensive carpet matting, it can look good.

Mike McNany
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