You know you are old when…

You lift up your hardware case and think “OY! Why am I using boat anchors to hold a 800gram metal disc?”

My road hardware cases consists of mostly medium-duty stands (6 in total), but boy do they add up. At 50lbs each easy and with two awkwardly paced handle 60″ apart, they make for a good recipe for a hernia.

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You see, in the brochures they like to show off all their beefy cymbal stands circling the drums like a steel fortress, and most people do buy into the “heavier is better” mindset.

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It sure it more stable, but totally unnecessary. Mine is a mix of double braced stands and rack components:

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It’s solid as a rock but I still find it too heavy to lug around… time to try some flat based stand next time. I’ve been using them for practice anyway and they are every bit just as sturdy.

Next show.. you shall see my set up looking more like this:

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Or, if there are someone out there with “roadie” listed as their hobby, give me a shout.

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2 Responses to You know you are old when…

  1. Play Drums says:

    nice hardware. i got sick of weight too and built a rack from stopsign post material and copper pipes! I think i like the ‘tree’ construction approach best, using clamps to branch out from a few cym. stands

    • Drumatics says:

      Cool! Always nice to hear someone else’s creative approach. How much lighter is your set up?

      I’ve looked into stands with carbon fibre downpipes and stuff but while those easily costs 2x as much, they aren’t that much lighter due to most of the heavy part like tilters and joints still were made of heavy, heavy steel.

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