So flip a coin and choose...

Skitch

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Whaich would you rather play a gig without, a Hi Hat stand or a Throne?

I showed to play a gig about 2 hours away. The first time I showed up, I was told I would only need to bring cymbals, snare and a bass drum pedal. When I showed up, the drums were there but apparently the drummer got mad or drunk and threw the Hi hat stand into the lake! So.....no hi hat stand!

The secong time I showed up to this gig, someone had stolen the throne.....So I had to use a plastic chair from one of the tables!

So, which one would you rather play a gig without and please remember that you can only entertain as long as your posterior can withstand!


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DrumEatDrum

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I'd chose to go without the hi-hat.

It's tough to play well if you're not comfortable. Which is why I like to bring my thrown, even if I have to use the house gear.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

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Whaich would you rather play a gig without, a Hi Hat stand or a Throne?
Throne. I can always find something to sit on and pad it with an item of clothing or drum bags etc. But I'd be lost without the "pulse"......even given the fact that you can find many different sounds on one ride cymbal, I'd still feel naked without the hats.

Years ago I had a giggle at some poor sod who'd forgotten his throne and resorted to using two milk crates with a jumper folded up as padding. He did very well given the condition his poor arse must have been in by the end. If I was sharing the bill, I'd have taken pity and offered him mine, but in this case I was just a punter and could only look on bemused.
 

bobdadruma

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I would have simply gone home and not played the gig!
Cymbals, Pedals, and Snare should be all that is required to bring to play a house kit.
I have left and not played two gigs in my life because I deemed the house kit not to be complete enough to be playable under standard house kit protocol.
 

Skitch

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I would have simply gone home and not played the gig!
Cymbals, Pedals, and Snare should be all that is required to bring to play a house kit.
I have left and not played two gigs in my life because I deemed the house kit not to be complete enough to be playable under standard house kit protocol.
Yeah.......that doesn't work around here; as the song says "Nashville Tennessee - everyone sings, everyone plays". There is someone waiting in line behind you here; and they play every bit as well as you do.

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Aeolian

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If you're saying hi-hat and stand or no hat and sit, then I'd opt for sitting. If there was a possibility of a chair I could stack things on, or lower things to do a Vinnie for a night, I'd keep the hat.

Funny you should bring this up though. I'm always most worried that I forgot the seat top for the throne. It's one of those things like the bass pedal that gets overlooked and while you're driving to the gig, you're asking yourself if you remember packing it. All the big cases with the drums? check. Cymbal bag? check. Hardware bag (which has the throne base in it)? check. Throne top? OMG, did I remember it? Not much you can do with a base and nothing to put on top of it. That's a really uncomfortable gig. :-D

Now that I have a Roc-n-soc nitro with a backrest, it's a big old thing left there so it's hard to miss.

A buddy of mine puts his snare in a 14" tom bag, together with the throne top. That way, he knows exactly where it is.
 

Skitch

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Funny you should bring this up though. I'm always most worried that I forgot the seat top for the throne. It's one of those things like the bass pedal that gets overlooked and while you're driving to the gig, you're asking yourself if you remember packing it. All the big cases with the drums? check. Cymbal bag? check. Hardware bag (which has the throne base in it)? check. Throne top? OMG, did I remember it? Not much you can do with a base and nothing to put on top of it. That's a really uncomfortable gig. :-D
Or a prison story


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PeniScott

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Throne definitely. You can ALWAYS find a chair or at the very least some sort of box to sit on.

It's quite hard to find something like a hi hat stand just lying around at a wedding, bar or other venue. Hi hats are such a crucial part of the whole 'drum set' image and not only that, it's a b!tch to play without them.

Thrones can be replaced with chairs. Hat stands can be replaced with an argument and plenty of moaning as you make do with a cymbal stand with no clutch balancing precariously on the edge of the drum riser...

xoxo
 

Pollyanna

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If there was a chair about, I'd go without the throne. But I'd rather go without hats than try to stand and play. If it's good enough for Leon Parker and Moonie ...

But then again, Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish stands up to play - maybe one day he forgot to bring his stool and it worked out? :)
 

BrewBillfold

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If the choice were "no hi-hat" or "you have to play standing up", I'd definitely pick "no hi-hat". I could easily play and sound good without a hi-hat, but I don't know if I could easily play and sound good standing up. And even if I could, I couldn't play both bass drum and hi-hat standing up anyway.

However, the situation you're discussing provided another chair in lieu of your stool. There are plenty of things I could sit on and play from just as well as I can play sitting on a stool. So as long as I'm not standing up and I can sit roughly the height I'd sit at anyway. I'd rather be without the stool.
 
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