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Old 12-07-2009, 09:15 PM
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Looking for a quality hardware pack to accompany my Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz. I would like something with the following included: a snare drum stand, hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal, straight cymbal stand, and boom cymbal stand. Thanks!

I like the Gibraltar 5600PK, as well as PDP's 800/900 series hardware packs...
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:56 PM
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The Gibraltar 5-series stands are very nice. All my cymbal stands are Gibraltar 5606. I can't say much about the snare and hihat stands specifically, but Gibraltar makes excellent and affordable hardware.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:56 AM
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http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...ack?sku=583625
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:14 AM
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http://accessories.musiciansfriend.c...ack?sku=582051

I have mostly Ludwig Accent hardware, solid stuff! I only use a Speed King though, and since I bought it all separately i don't know about that bass pedal, but the stands are sturdier than my pdp 800 series by quite a bit!
look used if you can - try craigslist before buying anything new unless there's discounts!
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:56 PM
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I like the Yamaha single braced line. I have owned it and it was very sturdy....
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:56 PM
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I would look at the Gibraltar for sure. Gibraltar can be found almost anywhere and one of the great things is that since they push their racks so much, you can buy just pieces of stands. For example if you buy the 5500 or the 6600 series stands, you can later buy the 9600 pro top sections only. Also Sound Percussion (SP) hardware is Guitar Centers Brand, but it is made by gibraltar. Just look at Guitar Centers web page under drum hardware and sort by SP and you will see that it is identical to Gibraltar. What I did personally was buy SP cheap stands, and Gibby 9600 brake tilter top sections and booms, and it works out great.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Sound-Pe...ies---Parts.gc
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:25 AM
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to give you an example of the difference between Gibraltar and Sound percussion look below. The only real difference between Gibby and SP is the design of the wing nuts and the label.
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:09 PM
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The SP looks shinier :D
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:13 PM
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its shinier because its cheaper!
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Old 12-09-2009, 05:36 PM
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I have Gibraltar 5600 hardware, hi hat stand, snare stand, 3x boom stand, 1x straight stand, and a single pedal, and I like it! I have changed the single pedal by a DW 4000 double pedal, though, but not because I don't like the pedal. It's sturdy, and I haven't had any bad things in the year and a half I have it.

I don't have experience with any other hardware, except Pulse hardware, that came with my first kit, and that's complete crap :-)

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to give you an example of the difference between Gibraltar and Sound percussion look below. The only real difference between Gibby and SP is the design of the wing nuts and the label.
Looks are deceiving. You can't see the quality or thickness of the metal.

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Old 12-09-2009, 07:38 PM
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I have alot of SP gear...and I can say that is exactly the same as Gibby as seen above. It is a quite common marketing practice that is used in all kinds of industry. Make one product stick two different lables on it and sell it to two demographics of people. For example I used to work for a major liquor distributer and I can tell you that many name brand top shelf spirit producers take the product from one barrel or still, and pour that into both glass and plastic bottles and put different lables on them. wam bam!!! see the pics below......Gibraltar vs SP...gibraltars will be shown first...
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:41 PM
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and on top of that Gibraltar also makes Dixon Hardware...still exactly the same stuff
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:50 PM
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Gibraltar Snare Stand
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:51 PM
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Dixon Snare Stand....same thing, different lable
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:53 PM
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I own a Tama RoadPro high hat stand which is very nice and there is a Guitar Center brand of cymbal stands called Sound Percussion that makes a great convertible cymbal stand for about 40.00 bucks. I have three of them and they do well. convertible meaning they can be straight or boom.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:32 PM
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Funny you mention the Gibraltar vs SP thing... I have a SP boom cymbal arm+clamp and just got a Gibraltar one today in the mail. Same in every way except for slight luster difference and different wingnuts.
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Dixon 700 series. Lightweight and small but sturdy.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:35 PM
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i have mixed feelings about those SP boom stands. i got a couple recently since i started gigging regularly again, and the locking mechanism (the tightener at the top of the bottom section) broke. have owned the stand for less than 5 months.
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Yamaha all the way. The 700 series. $324.99 spend the extra $25 bucks. It's worth it. I got rid of my Gibraltar hardware. I gor rid of my Pearl hardware. I got rid of my Tama hardware. I got rid of my DW hardware. I got rid of my Remo hardware. Yamaha....I'll take it to my grave.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:51 PM
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Yamaha all the way. The 700 series. $324.99 spend the extra $25 bucks. It's worth it. I got rid of my Gibraltar hardware. I gor rid of my Pearl hardware. I got rid of my Tama hardware. I got rid of my DW hardware. I got rid of my Remo hardware. Yamaha....I'll take it to my grave.
100% agree with you...IMO nothing is as good as Yamaha hardware....:)
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:25 AM
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Looking for a quality hardware pack to accompany my Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz. I would like something with the following included: a snare drum stand, hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal, straight cymbal stand, and boom cymbal stand. Thanks!

I like the Gibraltar 5600PK, as well as PDP's 800/900 series hardware packs...
I noticed that you asked about the PDP hardware too and no one has yet to comment, just Gibraltar and Sound Percussion mostly. I'm not a fan of PDP's drums but I do like their hardware...assuming they make it as good as they did in the early 2000's and I'm sure they do since their line has expanded over the years. I have a PDP thrown, 2 convertible boom stands, and a snare stand all double braced. I have used all of them since I bought my kit and stuff back in '03. No problems whatsoever. I highly recommend them because of the price and the fact they are durable.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:02 PM
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If there's anything more durable, easy to use and as solid as YAMAHA hardware out there, I haven't seen it yet. Do spend the extra, nothing in the $300 range comes close.

700 Pre pack includes (2) CS755 Boom Cymbal Stands and one each of the HS740A Hi-Hat Stand, SS740A Snare Drum Stand, and FP7210A Bass Drum Pedal. $324.95

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