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Old 08-24-2009, 12:02 AM
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Default Lesson learned--almost a disaster

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I had a unique experience at a gig last night--the spring on my right bass pedal SNAPPED with no warning. Luckily, I have been using my double bass pedal for quite a while, and finished the song left-footed. I thought the right spring just came loose, but was dismayed when I saw it was actually broken.
We played a few more songs until the break, at which time I tried really hard to make some kind of "hook" on the end of the broken spring, to no avail. I ended up taking the left spring off, and putting it on the right side, which left the left beater ''limp" for the rest of the night-- had to rubberband it down, away from the bass head.....bummer.

I have a few other 'parts' pedals around the garage, and have since replaced the broken spring this morning. I started thinking that I really need to expand on my "gigging tool kit", and take spare parts other than heads and stuff. Had I not had a double pedal, I would have been in really bad shape, and might have ruined the gig for everyone. That's kinda scary to think about...

So now I'm adding (to my tool kit) springs, extra lugs, an extra snare wire set, extra felt washers, an extra beater, extra wing screws, pedal chains, and a multi-tool & small wrenches. (I always carry spare heads, sticks, brushes, moon gel, earplugs, screwdrivers, and small vicegrips.)

Anything I might be leaving out? I'm open for suggestions!

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C. P.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:24 AM
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Years ago somebody offered what was called, "Drummers First Aid Kit", which was a plastic, compartmentalized box full of repair parts--springs, screws, felts, washers, a key, etc. It cost around $25 back in the 70's.Most drummers had one so someone made a killing. I tried googling it after reading what you wrote and found nothing. If they're not available anymore someone should put together a repair kit again for just these instances. It sucks when this stuff happens and you're helpless.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:31 AM
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Default Re: Lesson learned--almost a disaster

I make sure I have an extra pedal, extra sticks, extra snare drum, extra bass drum head, and extra hi hat clutch. I also carry a spare drummer in the van, in case I can't play. (joking) I have a ton of tools in the van but anything that can go wrong with the kick, the pedal, snare, and HH stand is crucial. I can live without a tom for a gig, but the big 3, no way. My throne is bulletproof so I don't worry about that.
If I break a snare head, I don't change it, I swap snares, same w/ the foot pedal. I'll fix it on break or tomorrow. Also an 8x11 clear laminating sheet or 2 (You know those plastic sheet things that you buy (that have adhesive on one side) and cut them to size to encase your paper drivers license in plastic is a great quick fix for a beater that goes through the BD head. Just unpeel the paper backing, slap it on, and it's a passable fix until break time when you can change the head. Good thinking Pete, lucky you had a double pedal, else you would have had to literally kick your bass drum.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:33 AM
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Default Re: Lesson learned--almost a disaster

Hi
This happen to me in 1976...spring broke on my pedal...my sound man and I took the spring off my car carbriator and placed on the pedal. I was able to play quarter notes with the pedal for the rest of the gig(better than nothing)!!!!
I have carried a spare bass drum pedal and snare drum head with my gear ever since.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:01 AM
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my sound man and I took the spring off my car carbriator and placed on the pedal.
Necessity is the mother of....doing whatever the @#^% you can to remedy disastrious situations...Reminds me of the time when I put my car key where my house key goes, turned it, and my house started up.
Yea I know that was bad...
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:40 AM
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Duct tape! Fixes everything short of drumset catching on fire...
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:56 PM
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Duct tape! Fixes everything short of drumset catching on fire...
ahh yes, duck tape, the drummer's best friend... Although i might see if gorilla tape is any good next time i run out.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:09 PM
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I don't know what I would do in this situation at all! I very rarely carry spares since I'm most often using someone else's kit, just my pedals, snare, cymbals and sticks. I've never broken a head at a gig though, so I've managed until now.
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