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Old 04-23-2008, 03:26 AM
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I use this for my 20" bass drum. It works very well except that the two metal pieces that the thumb screws tighten to the rim seem to rattle a bit? Don't think I am doing anything wrong. Anyone else using one of these and experiencing the same issues?
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:57 AM
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I use this for my 20" bass drum. It works very well except that the two metal pieces that the thumb screws tighten to the rim seem to rattle a bit? Don't think I am doing anything wrong. Anyone else using one of these and experiencing the same issues?
There's a counter-screw on the other side of the larger screws on the top. Sometimes they need to be retightened to avoid rattling. Also make sure you're tightening them and all the other adjustments on the lift are tight -- and make sure your pedal is tight around the metal lip. There's a lot of points that that piece can rattle on and you need to make sure they're all pretty well cranked.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:08 PM
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Thanks, I will check it out tonight, I appreciate the help
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:56 PM
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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

Well I checked out the screws on this thing and tightened them and I still get the rattle. The two metal pieces that fasten to the bass drum rim (top) seem to just loosely sit there. The screws are tight and it's working but still a rattle?/??
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:58 AM
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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

Hope you're not just using your fingers, the screws need to be tight with a wrench, preferably a handled one(that fits).
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:54 AM
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This will work on the Gibraltar? thanks
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:31 PM
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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

these can work also...but please only as a last resort.
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Old 04-26-2008, 12:45 AM
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This will work on the Gibraltar? thanks
I believe the Gibtaltar lift uses a 6mm, crank hard, use lube. A handle job is about $6
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Old 04-26-2008, 01:00 AM
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...looks overly complicted and bulky.




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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

I'll agree that "cradle device" looks complete overkill. The drum below it looks like a Yamaha DaxDad, 12" round by 22" deep . But's that's a whole drum, not a lift kit. Most lift kits are designed for use on 16 and 18 inch floor tom to kick drum conversions. Most 20" kick players for the last 50 years or so just put their kick on the floor and attach the pedal to the hoop. So the part you have might not made for a 20" kick in mind. I think that is designed to grab onto a drum rim (metal, like on a floor tom) and it might not be designed for a wooden hoop (like a typical kick drum would have). Something like a rattle might easily be solved by using a felt or rubber gasket/bushing/spacer home made thingy.
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I've used the same Gibraltar lift on a 22" to get the beater dead center. The weight of the kick drum and 2 toms bent it.

its made for a bass drum hoop. The Yamaha lift ( like on Dax Dad-Pic) can be had, for about $80 U.S.
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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

i used to use it because it came with my catalina club jazz kit.

mine did not rattle at all and i even found that it was chewing up my bass drum hup just from finger tightening it.

that combined with the fact that it made my beater hit the head at a weird angle made me stop using it.
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Default Re: Gibraltar bass drum lift

I used a 20-inch drum for years and never had a lift. I now have an 18-inch bass and still don't use a lift (I have short beater shafts and the beaters hit a little above center).

If you can't shorten your beaters for a 20-inch drum, you may think about whether a 20-inch drum is right for you. A long beater on a 20-inch drum will likely overdrive it.

Yes, a shorter beater shaft won't be as loud as a long one. But I've played with hundreds of people over 25 years and I've never, ever heard anyone ask me to play louder often just the opposite. Give a shorter shaft a try - they are exceptionally responsive.
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