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Old 03-25-2011, 12:31 AM
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Default L-rod mounting for toms

Hey all, beginner here. When I decided I wanted to learn to play drums I bought a used set of pulse drums off of craigslist. The only problem is they did not come with hardware, and being a newbie I wasn't aware of how difficult it would be to rig it together. The seller had previously used rim mounts, but I don't want to drop that kind of money as I'm new to drumming.

So I'm going to be ordering L-rod brackets to install on my toms so I can mount them up. I have 2 spaces on the bass drum for 7/8 inch posts, but I'm wondering if a 9.5mm l-rod would be thick enough to support. A 12 and 13 inch tom (one tom on each rod)

So will 9.5mm be ok? And if not, what size should I look for?
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:41 AM
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I'd go with 10.5mm at least. It's more common, meaning that if you ever move up to different drums you have a better chance of keeping that hardware. 9.5mm is normally only used for percussion mounting these days.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:40 PM
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"Modern" standard is 10.5mm. My 70s Ludwigs are on 9.5mm L-rods and I have no issues though. 13" and 14" 6-ply Maple Ludwigs don't stress the 9.5mm mounts, so either way, don't stress the size.

I'd go with what is most affordable. If you 'upgrade' to a higher level kit, make sure it comes with all the hardware to mount the drums at least. Then you can let the tom mounts go with this kit when you sell it so the next dude isn't left trying to figure out how this all works.

I bought some nice Gibraltar 9.5mm mounts on ebay for $9 each (Musicians Friend had then for like $35-45 each). That way I can keep the vintage Ludwig mount (which strips easily) in storage in case I want to sell these drums in the future.

Scour ebay and craigslist for a couple of weeks and I'll bet you find a bargain you can live with!
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: L-rod mounting for toms

I don't do metric so I can't advise you on that. I do know drum and percussion mounting rods are based on the SAE (English) system and are usually 3/8 of an inch or sometimes 7/16
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:38 PM
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I don't do metric so I can't advise you on that. I do know drum and percussion mounting rods are based on the SAE (English) system and are usually 3/8 of an inch or sometimes 7/16
of an inch in diameter.
Not really anymore...darn near everything in the hardwear realm is listed in metric.

9.5mm=3/8" (like 70s Ludwig)
10.5mm-7/16" (like modern Ludwig, DW, Yamaha, etc).
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:26 AM
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Not really anymore...darn near everything in the hardwear realm is listed in metric.

9.5mm=3/8" (like 70s Ludwig)
10.5mm-7/16" (like modern Ludwig, DW, Yamaha, etc).
Those are approximate metric equivalents, but they're describing SAE sizes. And they are not all that acccurate as a mm is quite a bit less than a sixteenth of an inch. Unfortunately things are a mishmash of inches, cms, mms etc.
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