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Old 12-31-2016, 07:07 AM
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I have the chance to swap out some chrome hardware for black on a kit of mine. I'm a pretty traditional guy and like chrome hardware, but all my kits have chrome hardware. While black may not be as glitzy and shiny as chrome, if the color of the drums could work with the black hardware, would it be worth swapping it out to have something more unique? Here is a photoshopped image I made to give you the general idea of what the two options look like:

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Old 12-31-2016, 07:19 AM
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My vote is for the chrome. Traditional look for me too.

What's the deal with the plastic over your D6?
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:26 AM
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I love the look of black chrome hardware, but the problem is that then, none of the accompanying stands, floor tom legs, tom holders etc., match. So for me, chrome all the way.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:31 AM
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What's the deal with the plastic over your D6?
Its just keeping dust off the mic while the kit isn't being played. There is plastic over the tom, snare and overhead mics (not pictured) as well.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:36 AM
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I love the look of black chrome hardware, but the problem is that then, none of the accompanying stands, floor tom legs, tom holders etc., match. So for me, chrome all the way.
This is true about the stands. However, there is black hardware available out there. It would probably make the whole kit look a bit too "death metal" though. The chrome stands with black hardware doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. That's rather surprising to me. If you look closer at the black hardware image, you will notice that the tension rods and swivel nuts would remain chrome and would not change to black. Only the lugs, hoops, floor tom legs and tom suspension.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:49 AM
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I'm not sure if what you are looking for is "black" or "black chrome" (nickel plated). After googling a little, I think you can find "black" and "black chrome" cymbal stands, floor legs, etc, but that seems like quite an investment. I'm not sure if "black" (probably powder coated), would be as durable as black chrome or chrome.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:57 AM
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I'm not sure if what you are looking for is "black" or "black chrome" (nickel plated). After googling a little, I think you can find "black" and "black chrome" cymbal stands, floor legs, etc, but that seems like quite an investment. I'm not sure if "black" (probably powder coated), would be as durable as black chrome or chrome.
The hardware (for the drums) is a black powder coat and is not as shiny as what I have photoshopped. I had a difficult time trying to reduce the reflective nature of the chrome to give the black hardware a more matte appearance. This is what the hardware actually looks like:



If I ended up doing the swap, I have no intention of buying any more stands, especially black stands.
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This is true about the stands. However, there is black hardware available out there. It would probably make the whole kit look a bit too "death metal" though. The chrome stands with black hardware doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. That's rather surprising to me. If you look closer at the black hardware image, you will notice that the tension rods and swivel nuts would remain chrome and would not change to black. Only the lugs, hoops, floor tom legs and tom suspension.
Okay, you beat me to the last post. Sorry. I don't think black chrome looks too "death metal" myself, and I like the look of the drums with the back hardware. It's to bad they don't make tension rods and the other odds and ends in black, because I think that would look even better, but, to be honest, your kit looks killer either way. :)
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:53 AM
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Doesn't the powder coating on the hoops tend to chip or wear off? That would be my main reason for avoiding it.

[Edit: I guess you're not planning on replacing the snare hardware, and there wouldn't be as much wear on the tom hoops]

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Old 12-31-2016, 11:54 AM
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I like chrome, but they sure don't do it like they used to.
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Black chrome looks quite good, you've done a good job on photoshop by the way. The trouble is that you'll get mat black and that's less attractive to my eyes.
The other point, is that, through the experience I have, it is WAY more fragile than chrome, especially on the hoops. It's only my experience through black hardware made by Pearl (a brand which, normally, has very good quality chrome) - all the black nuts and hoops tend to chip and show rust or bare metal very quickly.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:04 PM
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I like the black and think it looks cool. I am OCD (not really) and couldn't handle having the hardware and hoops not match. As long as you are cool with it, I say go for it. Black doesn't go with every finish, but it sure does go with that charcoal to natural fade you have.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:06 PM
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Black Nickel would be okay. 100% black would not be a good choice IMO. I'd leave it as is.
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As long as all of the cymbal stands etc are chrome, I'd stay with chrome
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:56 PM
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They both look hot. Can't go wrong either way, beautiful finish by the way.
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I swapped out the hardware on the 12" toms just to see how it looks in person. Any new thoughts?



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I believe the black would add some flavor to your Drum Kit collection, something different.
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Chrome.
Black will scuff,flake and scratch over the years.
Go to any music store and compare old black hardware with the same age chrome.
Good chrome will last for decades,black coated hardware will maybe go 5 years.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:29 PM
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I like the look of the drums but not with the chrome cymbal stands etc. I realize that would be a big undertaking, but only an opinion.
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I think that looks sweet actually. I'm a chrome guy but that is really nice with the fade. Chrome looks better on the black drum. I say go for it.
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[quote=Tommy_D;1477810]I swapped out the hardware on the 12" toms just to see how it looks in person. Any new thoughts?

I like the black chrome on the fade drum. Looks cool and different.
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I swapped out the hardware on the 12" toms just to see how it looks in person. Any new thoughts?
Big improvement. The maple drum looks much better with the chrome hardware :)

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To be honest, close up, the black looks kind of cheap to me. Especially the rim. I think black chrome would maintain the classy looks, but I really don't like just plain black.
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Sorry, but I've always thought black hardware looked cheap and juvenile and 'metal'. Never classy IMHO. I think the original kit pic looks great and I would gig that in front of royalty!

P.S. You're quite skilled in the Shopping of Photos!
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Big improvement. The maple drum looks much better with the chrome hardware :)

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That's what I said to myself ! Chrome on black is still very nice and classy - and classic too.
I think black HW goes better on the fade finish than on the black drum.
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:48 PM
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I would keep the chrome only cause the black is painted not power coated in a few months it will chip & flake & look like crap.
Ive see a used black hardware pdp set & it looked like crap.



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Keep the chrome.
The specular highlights and reflections from lights will always look better than black.
It's like the way a photographer uses lights to get that little spec of shine in a person's eyes.
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