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Old 11-10-2008, 10:02 PM
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Default Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I'm looking for a new set (with my first rack)

I'm wondering which one would be the best

- Yamaha Hexrack
- Gibraltar curved rack

It's my first rack and I don't know much about it but I'd like to have the best I can.

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Old 11-11-2008, 12:47 AM
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Option 3: Gibraltar V rack.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:30 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

Option 4 and 5 - PDP rack. Works in conjunction with DW and Gibraltar. Not Pearl or Yammie Hex.

Then the Pearl Icon. Square tubes. Sturdy as house. No-slip is pretty much a guaruntee.

All have their pro's and con's. All have affordable levels to the "build it beyond your wallet" size.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:37 AM
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All have affordable levels to the "build it beyond your wallet" size.
You described a couple of a my ex girlfriends ;)

The Yamaha is entirely unimpressive. It offers less stuff for $649.99 compared to about $200 less for more stuff from the other brands.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:03 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I ran a Pearl DR-100 for 15 years. "Father" to the Icon. The lead singer would sit on one corner of my rack, sometimes. During guitar solo's and such. No "factory" round tube rack brings that much "sack" to the game. Yamaha, overpriced right now, but if money was no object, I'd buy one in a minute. Almost all my hardware is Yamaha. Fortunately, 7/8 inch tube is 7/8 inch tube, so my Pearl rack and clamps supported all my Yamaha tom mounts and all my cymbal booms.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:04 AM
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You described a couple of a my ex girlfriends ;)

The Yamaha is entirely unimpressive. It offers less stuff for $649.99 compared to about $200 less for more stuff from the other brands.
Agreed

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It's new. I'm sure the price will drop (eventually). Personnally, I am a PDP user and am overly satisfied with a round-tube rack. No need for the hex, especially for the $$$ required. Even though the Pearl Icon is roughly the same cost as the other competitiors, I'm not a fan of square tubes.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:15 AM
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Even though the Pearl Icon is roughly the same cost as the other competitiors, I'm not a fan of square tubes.
The pearl rack (especially the curved) is a great product. But that huge, square tube is visually intrusive, where the round chrome tube racks tend to compliment the other hardware and kit.

I guess the pearl rack does look rugged and functional, but "in the way".
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:28 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I have to vote for the Pearl Icon even though it wasn't your first two choices.
It can be had for much cheaper than the first two mentioned. I have three toms and four cymbals mounted comfortably.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:10 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

Love the Hex, hate the price. I use the Gibraltar curved rack, Nice and sturdy, never had any slippage and it looks great. You can probably pick one up on eBay for under $200.00
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:14 AM
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Here are some common prices for a full 3-sided rack:

Yamaha hex rack: $649
Pearl icon (standard) $359
Pearl Icon (curved) $399
Gibraltar streight rack $369
Gibraltar V-rack station $439
Pacific streight rack: $419
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:43 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

what about the tama power tower?

ive never seen one myself but i can never find any reviews of it. As far as im concerned Tama has always made good sturdy hardware. any reason its not a popular rack?
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:50 AM
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what about the tama power tower?

ive never seen one myself but i can never find any reviews of it. As far as im concerned Tama has always made good sturdy hardware. any reason its not a popular rack?
I think you mentioned one reason: I have never seen it. there are none in any store I have been to, and there has never been any "push" for them. The "push" at GC are PDP and pearl racks. And now, "sound percussion" or one of those other GC house brands will be making racks so they will stop with gibraltar.

I have to believe a Tama rack would be great but:

The curved tama rack (just the front with no sides) is $359 http://www.ruppsdrums.com/Hardware/T...um_racks.shtml

That makes it much more expensive than the V-rack.

Also... for a pearl icon rack, the cymbal booms and clamps drive the total price up faster than other racks.

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Old 11-16-2008, 06:08 AM
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Here are some common prices for a full 3-sided rack:

Yamaha hex rack: $649
Pearl icon (standard) $359
Pearl Icon (curved) $399
Gibraltar streight rack $369
Gibraltar V-rack station $439
Pacific streight rack: $419

how is the tama rack more expensive. its the same price as a Pearl icon (standard)
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:16 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

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how is the tama rack more expensive. its the same price as a Pearl icon (standard)
because it's for the front only, the other prices are for a full 3-sided rack
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:15 PM
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how is the tama rack more expensive. its the same price as a Pearl icon (standard)
Check again.

Pearl icon price= 3 sides.
Tama price= front part only, no sides.
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:59 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

Dont forget you don't need any memory locks anymore, so that would save you some cash:



I know its a lot of money, but I still feel its every penny worth buying (weight, durability, coating etc..)
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:26 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

Have you considered a Dixon Rack? It’s made in the same factory as Gibraltar (owned buy the same company Kaman Music Corp) and all the parts are swappable and considerably less expensive.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:34 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I'd go with Gibraltar or PDP. I have the hex rack and there are limitations to the positioning of the toms. They look sweet, but not as versatile as others.

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Old 12-23-2008, 03:48 PM
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I'd go with Gibraltar or PDP. I have the hex rack and there are limitations to the positioning of the toms. They look sweet, but not as versatile as others.

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What are the limitations? I haven't noticed them yet, there's really no rack system that is this versatile.

And you can expend the versatillity with the other clamps and other accesoires...
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:05 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I recently set up a Yammie Hex Rack for the DTXtreme for my church.

I put a little summary in this thread here ----> http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44500

Long story short. The omni-ball design has been tweaked by Yamaha to fit around hexagonal tubes. Is it more sturdy? I don't think any more than any round tube rack. Certainly not worth the money over what you could get for cheaper.

It is a good rack system though. If you happen to have one or are dead-set on getting one, you shouldn't be disappointed.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:20 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

I have the Yamaha and Gibraltar. Gibraltar is more versatile. Hex rack looks better. The stock tom holders on the Yamaha rack are very streamlined and look great. But the don't offer that much for positioning. If you get the Yamaha ball and socket tom holders, then you will be in good shape.

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Old 01-02-2009, 07:48 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

i dont know much about racks.

if i have a yamaha drum set do i need to use a yamaha rack because of their different mounting system. and vice versa... can i use a different rack to mount my yamaha drums?
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:43 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

You can use any rack regardless of brand of your kit, you will need to still use the mounts for your toms, like the yess ball mounts for Yamaha but they will go into the clamps that go with the rack.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:03 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

ah okay. thanks you.

what did we decide is the best rack for its value?
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:16 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

In my humble opinion, the idea of a hex or square design would be great, prevent slippage of settings, not need memory collars, etc... However, it goes back to the reason DW hardware is now going to the unlimited mounting angle for the tilter portion of the cymbal stand. So you can get the "exact" angle you want. A square or hex have limited application. You have to move your hardware around it, rounded racks afford you limitless mounting angles. However you have to add the memory collars so you cut down on the number of items you can mount. But there are always going to be trade offs.

I use gibraltar, because I have been using them since they came out in the 80s with the light weight tubing. It is round and sturdy and you could park your car on it when it is set up right.

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:33 PM
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Dont forget the Hex rack only looks Hex but hs ballclamps around the Hexagonal form so you can move around almost 360 degrees, without memory locks.

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:35 PM
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why hasn't anyone said the dw rack? is it flimsy and unstable?

please tell me

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i'm 11 and have been playing for over 1 year and i am also looking for a band!:)
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16-16 floor tom
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:45 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha Hexrack vs. Gibraltar curved rack

In my case the purpose of the rack was to condense the footprint of the drum set.
My space is limited. The ad I saw in this months Drum Magazine of the hex rack looked more like an ad for an Erector set. ( the older guys will know) Arms sticking out all over the place most just having one cymbal mounted on it. The extension arm was huge compared to the size of the cymbal arm. If you have loads of money and loads of room, then maybe, but I think you will do much better with a smaller contraption.
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why hasn't anyone said the dw rack? is it flimsy and unstable?

please tell me

elliot

p.s hey guys this is my first youtube video of me playing!
heres a link!:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrVuydFfiE

please only give construxtive critistm

i'm 11 and have been playing for over 1 year and i am also looking for a band!:)
KIT:
premier cabria xpk atlantic blue
22-18 kick
16-16 floor tom
14-14 floor tom
12-9 tom tom
14-5.5 snare
CYMBALS:
paiste pst3
14" hats
14" crash
16" crash
20" ride
HARDWARE:
iron cobra powerglide double pedal
premier and gibraltar stands
More than likely because very few if any have seen one, not one that is commonly carried in drum stores and it's very similar to a Gibraltar. If I was looking between the DW and Gibraltar I'd probably end up with the Gibraltar, gut feeling is it's allot less expensive and basically the same thing.

Also if you want feedback on your playing I would advise starting a new threadin the General Forum or Drum Technique, this thread is meant for feedback on racks not playing.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:05 AM
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I have the Yamaha and Gibraltar. Gibraltar is more versatile. Hex rack looks better. The stock tom holders on the Yamaha rack are very streamlined and look great. But the don't offer that much for positioning. If you get the Yamaha ball and socket tom holders, then you will be in good shape.

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What????...I've owned both....and the hex rack is so MUCH better than the gibraltar rack....yes it is more expensive, but if you can afford it, it is the best rack that money can buy....
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