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Old 06-29-2012, 02:24 AM
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Default Do I Need A Drum Rack?

Below is my set up. Do you think I should get a drum rack so that there isn't a forest of stands?

Gretsch Catalina Club Rock Drums in Red Sparkle with Chrome hardware:• 18x24” kick drum
• 6.5x14” snare drum
• 9x13” rack tom
• 16x16” floor tom
• 16x18” floor tom
• 5.5x14” auxiliary snare drum
Cymbals:• 15” AAX X-Celerator Hi Hats
• 21” AA Rock Ride
• 20” AA Rock Crash
• 21” AA Rock Crash
• 19” Vault Holy China
• 20” AA Medium Crash
• 18” AA Crash/Ride
Latin Percussion:• LP007BD Bell Diablo Cowbell
• LP1207 Jam Block
• LPA601RW Aspire Bongos
Hardware:• Prowler Series 5611 Single Kick Drum Pedal
• LSD-25.2 Basic Double Braced Snare Stand
• SC-SLLRM Tom Mount With Clamp
• 5607 Hi Hat Stand
• Rocket LBD-25S.2 Short Boom Cymbal Stand (x5)
• BSB Basic Stick Bag (x2)
• LYD-25.2 Light Cymbal Stand (for cowbell)
• PPS-30 Percussion Mount (for jam block)
• SG761 Universal Bongo Stand

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Old 06-29-2012, 02:33 AM
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Default Re: Do I Need A Drum Rack?

So you want to replace a forest of stands with a cage of steel instead?
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:38 AM
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Default Re: Do I Need A Drum Rack?

You've got the "classic" one up, two down configuration going, and with hats, 6 cymbals, etc. you could go with a rack, sure. I ran a similar configuration, but with main and aux. hats, and a rack helped. A couple of the bands I was in did a lot of one hour club slots, and setting up and tearing down, was a breeze, with a rack.
But ...
Don't totally abandon stands. There are times (for me, anyways) that a rack wasn't practical (size of stage, stairs, narrow doors, etc), so I've had both options open, for about 30 years.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:46 AM
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Default Re: Do I Need A Drum Rack?

If you go with a rack you will have the same amount of steel in the air but a lot less on the floor. I have three up, two down, and four cymbals and hats and love my rack. Unless you are on a relay team that times you on set up, the rack can be quick and easy.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:30 AM
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Default Re: Do I Need A Drum Rack?

As you can see, opinions vary. Do what you want...

Personally, I like racks...
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:29 AM
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Default Re: Do I Need A Drum Rack?

Only you can answer that.

Do you gig? Racks can be helpful if you gig, because they will allow your kit to take up less floor space and you will get a consistent setup every time. However, unless you have a huge amount of stands, a rack will often also take longer to set up and tear down.

How about A hybrid solution; something like Gibraltar's Stealth Rack systems, where you only have a rack on one or both sides of the kit, but no huge crossbar over your kick. Since you only have one rack tom, you probably won't need a horisontal bar in front of you at all.
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