Re: To rack or not to rack..
Are you out in the trenches playing gigs? I always think about ease and quickness in terms of settting up for gigs. I've used racks, I've flown toms off stands, and I've used snare stands for toms. At this stage of the game, if I'm using the kit live, I prefer bass drum mounted toms and 2-3 cymbal stands (with multi clamped boom arms if I want more toys). Its just simpler and faster for me to get my setup this way. I don't like the look of racks (I think the stealth racks are cool though), and I find regular old stands more user friendly. Just my opinion.
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