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Old 08-20-2015, 03:41 PM
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Default Anyone on here load in with only one trip to the car?

Ok, here's a question:

How many of you have your stuff rigged up in such a way that you can get all of your gear in one trip to the car? I've seen a few compact kits that were strapped to a hand truck that looked pretty cool and easy to load in and load out.

Can anyone carry it all in one trip? Got pics?
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:48 PM
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You might want to go here;

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...22#post1372622
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:55 PM
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:09 PM
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I can do it in one trip, especially if its a long, smooth load like a city hotel. Some of these are 200 metres from the carpark to the room, via lifts, passageways, etc.

I have a small foldout trolley (2 wheels). Hard snare case on the bottom, then standard kick, floor and 1 or 2 toms stacked in soft cases. The snare case fits inside the bass drum rim to keep it in place. The straps of the top tom case wrap around the handle of the trolley. Other hand pulls a hardware trolley (Gator one with a metal frame) plus a backpack for cymbals. This takes a minute to stack up, but on a smooth run its manageable.

If I'm close to the stage, or its bumpy, I'll do two trips.
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:11 PM
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hahahahahahahahahahaha

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Old 08-20-2015, 05:16 PM
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The snare case fits inside the bass drum rim to keep it in place.
This is smart.

Do you ever have any issue stacking stuff on top of your kick drum soft case?
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:47 PM
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Yes I do one trip all the time!

My (drummer)world famous Two Bag Drum Set :

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...d.php?t=113672

I need to take some newer pictures, I've made a few little changes to the kit.
But it's still ONE trip, two bags. Everything. Drums, cymbals, hardware, throne, sticks, microphones, cables, in ear monitors, etc etc

I both rehearse and gig with this kit and it has been the perfect solution many times - difficult load ins, quick rehearsals, small stages, even sometimes where there is not much room for transporting.

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Old 08-20-2015, 06:38 PM
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This is extremely helpful. Thanks for all of your posts and pics!
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: Anyone on here load in with only one trip to the car?

All the time - I fit a four piece kit, hardware and throne on my Rock n Roller cart and then sling the cymbal bag over my shoulder and wheel the whole lot in! Used to take me 3-4 trips prior to getting the cart.
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:07 AM
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Well, I have a small set that needs to fit in a small car. I drive a 95 Honda Civic Hatchback. My set only consists of a snare drum, it's stand, timbales, their stand, hihats, their stand, a ride, it's stand, some cowbells, and jam blocks. Yeah... I'm pretty Latin.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:27 PM
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This is smart.

Do you ever have any issue stacking stuff on top of your kick drum soft case?
My stack is snare hardcase on the bottom, 20" kick, 14" floor, 10" rack.
So there are only 2 toms on the bass drum bag, and the floor sits inside the rim, the same way that the bass drum sits around the snare case below. Never noticed problems with this putting strain on the bass drum head or rim.

I have the snare case on bottom because my trolley is just a two wheeled hand truck, the bottom ledge is only a foot deep or less. I feel that the hard snare case sits better on that than the rim/head of the bass drum in a soft bag. I place the snare case one inch away from the edge, to make room for the bass rim.

One more thing - if I'm playing 5-piece, the extra tom bag hangs by its strap on my side of the trolley, over the top handle. I find this more stable than stacking three toms above the bass drum.

It all sounds fiddly, but it works, and I can get the 5 piece kit in one trip as long as there are no steps.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:55 AM
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I can do it all in one trip... If I have a number of helpers! Hahaha.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:00 AM
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I can do it in one trip sometimes, but it all depends on the venue.

I mean I've setup by having to go through the kitchen during the dinner rush before. Definitely not a one-tripper.
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:21 AM
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Default Re: Anyone on here load in with only one trip to the car?

I load in with only one trip. My kit gets pushed on a Rock & Roller cart and I pull an SKB gig case behind me.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:37 PM
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I can do it in one trip sometimes, but it all depends on the venue.

I mean I've setup by having to go through the kitchen during the dinner rush before. Definitely not a one-tripper.
A little off topic, but I've had to go through the kitchen several times in two of our top hotels. There's trays of exposed food, cheese platters, hundreds of dessert plates made up, and we're dragging drums, amps and crusty guitar cases through it all. Makes me wonder about hygiene regulations, and the design of these service areas, where the only path from the loading bay to the ballroom is through the kitchen.

I agree that its hard to get through a congested kitchen with a large load of gear.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:28 PM
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Default Re: Anyone on here load in with only one trip to the car?

I used to have a small jazz kit - 16 inch bass drum, snare, hi hats, ride cymbal plus stands/stool. I had all the stands in a small suitcase with wheels, snare and cymbals on my back, left hand pulling the suitcase and right hand carrying the bass drum. It was a nice little practice kit, should never have sold it...

Last Saturday I managed to carry my full drum kit to the car in two trips for the first time ever (it usually takes me three trips)! I'm still not sure how I managed but it was late, it was raining, the access path was wide and I wanted to get home. First trip was bass drum, rack tom, main snare and spare snare. Second trip was stand bag (on my back), floor tom, cymbals and drum mat.
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:02 PM
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Anyone have suggestions for a soft hardware bag?

I transport my drums in a sedan and the hardware goes in the trunk as the last thing. I keep them fully-extended and have to maneuver them individually to fit them in, so I know they wouldn't fit if I just dumped them all in a bag. But if I collapsed them down all the way and had a soft bag, I might be able to get that to fit.

Re-adjusting my stands is a price I'd be willing to pay to save a few trips to and from the car.
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: Anyone on here load in with only one trip to the car?

yeah, i use the protection racket hardware bag with wheels - the longest one, i can't remember the exact size of it but it fits all stands when collapsed down. i use it to store all my cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, throne, vocal mic stand, etc. the only downside is it weighs an absolute tonne once it's fully loaded so i need help to lift it up and down steps etc!

in answer to the original question:- no, i've never managed to make only one trip. i usually make at least 4!
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Anyone have suggestions for a soft hardware bag?

I transport my drums in a sedan and the hardware goes in the trunk as the last thing. I keep them fully-extended and have to maneuver them individually to fit them in, so I know they wouldn't fit if I just dumped them all in a bag. But if I collapsed them down all the way and had a soft bag, I might be able to get that to fit.

Re-adjusting my stands is a price I'd be willing to pay to save a few trips to and from the car.
Get a speaker stand bag. You can fit several stands in there without collapsing the them. I can easily get my Yamaha 700 hi-hat stand and 4 Gibraltar flat based straight stands in this one.
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:19 PM
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:30 PM
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My basic 4-pc kit goes on a mid-size Rock N Roller cart, in one trip, including a ratty rug if needed. The 22" kick and 16" FT fit the length perfectly, and no tie-ing down necessary. I don't even have to break down the cart - it slides in the Odyssey fully set-up. Simple, and fast.

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Old 11-01-2017, 07:37 PM
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I can too. The whole four piece kit, hardware and cymbals fit on my rock n roller cart - and I use hard cases.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:50 PM
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I'm known to literally take one cymbal stand or drum at a time. If my cymbals weren't in a cymbal backpack, I would probably grab those individually too. I've even posted inane stuff in this thread twice because I couldn't be bothered to collect my thoughts and do it all at once.
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Old 11-01-2017, 08:39 PM
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Right now I'm gigging with a 4 piece light Ludwig kit, but I'm about to finish fixing up my old Yamaha kit and it has a 18 floor tom. I really don't know what to do, I need a truck....
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:56 AM
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How do you guys fit a whole kit with hardware on a Roc-n-Roller cart? I put my drums on my cart and push a hardware bag on wheels in front while I pull the cart. The drums just barely fit on there. How do you fit the hardware?
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Old 11-02-2017, 01:48 AM
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if I'm only playing my bass drum I can unload it in one trip!
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How do you guys fit a whole kit with hardware on a Roc-n-Roller cart? I put my drums on my cart and push a hardware bag on wheels in front while I pull the cart. The drums just barely fit on there. How do you fit the hardware?
It depends on how many drums, their diameters, and which cart you have.

I use the R8, which I think is in the middle of their range, and it's opened to 42" between the handles (I also drilled a hole in the bottom rail for the lock pin to hold it.) I almost always use a 4-pc kit in town.

In the picture, I have a 16x22 kick and 16x16 ft as the bottom layer. On the kick goes the cymbal bag and snare, and a 9x13 tom goes on the floor tom. In the middle, that loose bag has my throne top and pedal.

Across the top, visible a bit under the rug, is a great mic stand bag from Sam Ash, $32, that holds all of my hardware. The real secret to that is, I use older lightweight stands (literally '60s Ludwig cymbal & snare stands, and mid-weight HH and throne.) It's fairly lightweight and no problem hiking up on top of the other gear.

As long as I'm not on any weird angled surfaces, there are no tipping problems, and the whole thing is just light enough to lift over a curb if needed (one end, then the other of course!)

If your stands are heavyweight, or you have more than 3 cymbal stands, they'll probably need to stay in a rolling carrier. They'll be too top-heavy to put on the cart.

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My transport is similar to Bermuda's, same cart and I use the Gator rolling bag for my stands. So I pull the cart with one hand and push the rolling cart with the other. I just wish the wheels were a bit bigger and not hard plastic on the gator rolling bag.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:08 AM
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I use a Gibraltar medium hardware bag strapped to a little fold up dolly from an office supply store. Itís pretty much the same thing as the Gator rig pictured above.
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:21 AM
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I can only dream of doing this.
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:11 AM
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With my Sonor Bop set, I can get the drums in one pass. Not the hardware or cymbals though.
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