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Old 04-20-2008, 05:21 AM
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Hey, I'm at a bit of a stalemate with my decision of what kit to buy so maybe you guys could help me out. I'm looking at the Oak Customs, Gretsch Renowns, and Mapex Saturns. Do all of these kits have good hardware? I know the Oak Customs do because Yamaha hardware is usually awesome and reliable, but I don't have any experience with the other two. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:55 AM
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I love Yamaha hardware. Every piece of hardware that I've replaced in the last 5 years (stuffs too heavy, old, worn out or broken) I've replaced with Yamaha hardware. If I was to buy a Saturn or Renown set, I'd fly it off of Yamaha stands.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:19 AM
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Tama has an excellent reputation for having strong sturdy hardware that lasts. Although i do not own any, ive heard great reviews.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:21 AM
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Gretsch doesn't make hardware per se, but the parent company Kaman that own Gretsch also owns Gibraltar hardware, and most of that I have seen and owned is more than decent.
I also agree with Harry that you won't go wrong with Yamaha, and I have also owned some Tama goods that were great. I'm sure this has done nothing but confuse the issue. sorry.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:52 PM
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Tama Roadpro is very durable,but like has been mentioned,Yamaha does well also. The thing about Yamaha hardware however,is much of it is LIGHT & durable.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:54 PM
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I wouldn't base a drum purchase on hardware. More about the shells, and on top-end kits, the hardware will be "good enough" for sure.

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Old 04-20-2008, 09:49 PM
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I wouldn't base a drum purchase on hardware. More about the shells, and on top-end kits, the hardware will be "good enough" for sure.

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I general, I agree. In fact, with the kinds of kits I like, the manufacturers don't even make hardware.

However, I think maybe this person is looking at buying a kit-in-a-box, complete with drums and hardware. So, hardware is a consideration in that scenario and it's one of the things to weigh.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:59 AM
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It's not all about the hardware, if there was one of these sets that I overwhelmingly loved then I would buy that, regardless if it's hardware was not quite as good as the others. However, they are all good kits and I can't decide which to get so I figured I would factor in hardware to help me make the decision.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:43 AM
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I recently bought a mapex M Birch kit, which came with hardware a step down from the saturn series. I'm very happy with all the hardware i bought, all very sturdy. I think either way, between the three kits you're thinking of buying, the hardware that comes with each is going to be similar if not 'good enough' in every case. I know you're using the hardware comparison as a means to pick one over the other, and if the three are so equal in your mind, i'd say be safe and go with the Oak Customs.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:30 PM
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I general, I agree. In fact, with the kinds of kits I like, the manufacturers don't even make hardware.

However, I think maybe this person is looking at buying a kit-in-a-box, complete with drums and hardware. So, hardware is a consideration in that scenario and it's one of the things to weigh.
Good point! This is why I'm more of a "shell pack" or "component drum" person.... usually you don't want to use the pedals that come with a kit, or at best use them as a stop gap until you can afford something a little better.

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Good point! This is why I'm more of a "shell pack" or "component drum" person.... usually you don't want to use the pedals that come with a kit, or at best use them as a stop gap until you can afford something a little better.

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I agree. I like to get the best that I possibly can and a kit-in-a-box is going to have some compromises, in return for the convenience and low price. If you can afford it, it's better to get exactly the drums you want, then get exactly the hardware you want, heads, etc. etc.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:25 AM
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check out the Sonor 400 and 600 series. I just ordered the double tom stand (DTS 475), and the cymbal/ tom stand (CTS 479) x2.

http://www.sonor.com/pbas/Sonor_FE/s...artikelid=2355

can raise/ lower both sides. ftw
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:51 PM
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Does weak hardware excist?
If it excists, does somebody hava an example??

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Does weak hardware excist?
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Yeah I thought it they were all just pieces of metal holding other pieces of metal.

If it has not been recommened yet, the Tama hardware is awesome.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:21 AM
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Does weak hardware excist?
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Yeah, right here: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=42603 I switched over to Yamaha tom mounts years ago. With their design, the mounting screw passes thru the tom mount (4 - one on each corner), and then a washer and a nut fit on the back. In the event of a thread getting stripped, you're replacing a 50 cent machine screw or a nut, not trying to order a $15-25 part from the drum shop.
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