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Old 01-03-2013, 08:56 PM
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Adjust the damn throne height! I've been fiddeling back and forth for months now with tuning of the bass drum, spring tension, beater height... Everything! Yet my pedal has felt very heavy to play, while not producing desired power in the strokes. I can't believe I have overlooked the importance of throne height this long, I only raised it a couple of centimeters and it makes a huge difference. Not only for the ability to play the bass drum, my overall position feels more natural.

Just wanted to post this, as a reminder for those who just can't seem to get the pedal settings right.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:01 PM
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Good point! It's definitely a common oversight.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:28 PM
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Good point! It's definitely a common oversight.
Yep!..and definitely makes a big difference when you change the height just a little...or at least so I found...
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:29 PM
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The locking wing nut on my old throne has a tendency to loosen up over time, causing the seat to rotate down the threaded shaft.
It's real gradual - happens over days or weeks, not minutes or hours. But when playing starts seeming a little 'off', I always check it.
Usually, rotating it back up and re-locking it makes everything 'on' again.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:18 PM
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The locking wing nut on my old throne has a tendency to loosen up over time, causing the seat to rotate down the threaded shaft.
It's real gradual - happens over days or weeks, not minutes or hours. But when playing starts seeming a little 'off', I always check it.
Usually, rotating it back up and re-locking it makes everything 'on' again.
Maybe find a giant nut that would thread down the shaft, hi hat clutch style?

But yeah, a higher throne kind of forces your legs to hang and put more weight on the pedals.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:51 PM
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But yeah, a higher throne kind of forces your legs to hang and put more weight on the pedals.
Yeah, the legs have more ability produce power in a more straightened position.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:01 PM
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Adjust the damn throne height! I've been fiddeling back and forth for months now with tuning of the bass drum, spring tension, beater height... Everything!
I developed my "effortless method" to overcome the "perfect setting" dilemma and I posted a thread to help those who have trouble to find a setting that is suitable and comfortable for their playing, here's the link: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=93800
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:15 AM
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I just have the throne as low as it goes. Just set and forget it. But I don't find that throne height really affects my playing, whether I'm sitting crazy high like Mike Portnoy or low. Sitting with your thighs parallel to the ground just feels more natural to me. To each his own I guess
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:24 AM
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I had a really crappy throne that came with my kit and I didn't realize how much it effected my double kick playing. Since it rocked back and forth it would take power and accuracy from my kicks. It also tired me out constantly trying to maintain balance on it. I experienced a massive change in power and accuracy when I changed to my new throne. Not to forget the increase in BPM since I was planted solidly on the ground.

As a side note, Your snare height also makes a huge difference. I found that after watching Neil Peart talk about raising his snare to the height of this belly button. I wanted to try it myself, and I instantly got the crack from my rim shot that I always was looking for.
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