Drum Features You Miss

Jeremy Bender

Platinum Member
There's a glaring feature or two that I wish would someday become available, but I don't want to derail this thread.
 
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CompactDrums

Silver Member
I miss direct tom mounts I've never liked so called tom isolation systems from the past 20 odd years. So much cleaner and classic looking, no pointless chunks of metal, less wobble or movement and I honestly don't there's any major discernible difference. I wish I had the balls to get the drills out but I just know I'd screw it up!
I totally agree. I routinely remove them from my drums and install the mounting bracket on the shell.
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
T-rods are great when you need to quickly tighten or loosen bd heads.

How often do you drop a key trying to fiddle horizontally on those bd tension rods abandoning halfway and ending up with a head not in tune with itself ?

The alternative is unconscionable - taking off the tom and arm, moving cymbal stands, disengaging the pedal clamp, putting the bd on its side and then turning it all the way over, replacing muffling and putting everything back in place just right.... I get anxious just writing about it. Add mics and you have yourself a mortal enemy in the sound booth.

I secretely wish they found an elegant way to put T-rods on every drum.

;-)
 

Mustion

Senior Member
How often do you drop a key trying to fiddle horizontally on those bd tension rods abandoning halfway and ending up with a head not in tune with itself ?
Never, or at least fewer times than I've fought with those things snagging cases and car seats in transit, getting a cable stuck in it, or gashing a bare leg (Slingerland...)
I get that a regular drum key gets kind of awkward with the tension rods closest to the floor as one has to sort of lift the drum to fit the key, but then again you see the same problem with T-handles. Anyway, I have a Tama IC pedal which has the hammer-shaped drum key which solves that problem.
 

Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
Exactly. You gotta lift the kick drum up even higher to adjust T-handles. I just have to lift a smidgeon to get drum key in. Then with T-handles you gotta adjust at least a half-turn cause you always gotta have those two on floor on batter side parallel to floor. Give me square rods any day for practical gigging.

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Never, or at least fewer times than I've fought with those things snagging cases and car seats in transit, getting a cable stuck in it, or gashing a bare leg (Slingerland...)
I get that a regular drum key gets kind of awkward with the tension rods closest to the floor as one has to sort of lift the drum to fit the key, but then again you see the same problem with T-handles. Anyway, I have a Tama IC pedal which has the hammer-shaped drum key which solves that problem.
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Groov-E

Silver Member
Never, or at least fewer times than I've fought with those things snagging cases and car seats in transit, getting a cable stuck in it, or gashing a bare leg (Slingerland...)
I get that a regular drum key gets kind of awkward with the tension rods closest to the floor as one has to sort of lift the drum to fit the key, but then again you see the same problem with T-handles. Anyway, I have a Tama IC pedal which has the hammer-shaped drum key which solves that problem.
T-rods came standard on my kits, except the two rods closest to the floor which are regular squared tension rods.

Those are the two I actually wished were T-rods, as they are the worse to deal with a drum key.

I would argue that when using an Emad with muffling rings, you can get away with a quarter turn on one side or the other, that is if and only if Bob Gatzen has his back turned.
 
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