Ever just bought all new hardware all at one time?

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I don't know about you, but I have a large hodge-podge of hardware. Various years/generations, all kinds of brand names and conditions, etc. I travel with hardware from Gibraltar, DW, Percussion Plus, Yamaha, Tama, Pearl, and probably a couple of others. Some of it is better off than others. Some of this hardware I've had over 25 years, and it still works, but it's starting to look tired.

Anyone every dropped the coin and just bought all new stands at one time? Was it a good move? Regrets?
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
When I bought my Tama Starclassic, I bought all new hardware (Roadpro). It was so much better in engineering, design and strength than my Sonor hardware. There were many small details (like the spinning snare basket, or smooth cymbal tilt) that made it a joy to use. No more fighting hardware to get something positioned.

No regrets here.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I like gear consistency, as I've imparted in numerous threads, so my hardware is always Pearl and of the same series. And yes, when I buy new hardware, it's usually an entire set at once. Pearl hardware doesn't break, at least not in my experience. Updating is the only reason to replace it.
 

Ransan

Senior Member
It wasn't purchased at one time, but for my Pearl acquisitions, it did over a span of a few months (see Comprehensive gear list thread).
When I got my Pearl kit I made sure to get all pro hardware specifically the Gyro Lock series.
Their hardware is extremely durable, and modular designed with forward thinking ergo application in mind.

Pearl has THE BEST hardware in the game.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I hodgepodge also. I'm not partial to stand manufacturer. I just buy a new stand as needed, and the one with the lowest price tag that will hold whatever I need it to wins.

If I buy another rack it WILL be a Pearl rack. Square tubes (can tubes be a square?) are where it's at IMO.

If I decided to buy all new stands so they would match, I like the looks of the Pearl flat based stuff.
 

Ronzo

Junior Member
If hardware includes pedals and hi hat then no.
Most of my stands are Pearl (mix of 930
and 1030) but my bass pedal is a DW 9000 and the hh is a DW 5000.
I do have one bastardized stand though. A Gibraltar base with a Yamaha bass mount in it. I use it to mount Yamaha DTX Multi 12 and have room for two more items like a cymbal boom etc....
 

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IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
I got the DW Ultralight hardware pack. Does that count? It was with the intention of having a light pack to haul to gigs. But then 15 days to flatten the curve happened. Go figure.

I generally do not get hardware packs though, because I want each piece of gear to be the "best", regardless of brand.

To me, Tama makes the best hi-hat stands and pedals (Iron Cobra and Speed Cobra). Pearl makes the best snare stand (the Pearl S930). Yamaha makes the best cymbal stands, (although Pearl and Tama are also great).

If I were to buy a Yamaha 700 Hardware pack, I'd definitely use the cymbal stands and the snare stand. But would I use the hi-hat and pedal? Probably not. That's why I usually mix and match.

This doesn't exactly answer your question of whether I'd buy them all at once, but that's my reasoning behind the hardware I choose. :)
 
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gish

Senior Member
I did buy a full set of Yamaha 700 hardware used but in like new condition from a Craigslist ad a few years back. Smokin deal; snare stand, hi hat stand, 1 bass drum pedal, 1 straight stand and 4 boom stands for $200. It was well worth it; have been using these stands for all of my playing needs, including a lot of gigs, and never had an issue. Won’t use anything else at this point.
 

Out of Round

Well-known member
I've bought new hardware three different times: with a kit, all at once and "slowly" over the course of a year.

The first setup came with my '89 Premiers, so they were from that period when Premier was owned by Yamaha. The Premier hardware was a hybrid of Premier and Yamaha features. The pedal was that classic 80's Yamaha design, but it said "Premier Made in England". Weird, but solid stuff.

The second time, I bought all Gibraltar flat-based stuff plus a Gibraltar pedal (Intruder?) and a Gibraltar throne. This was when their flat-based was among the lightest stuff out there. I was also wanted a uniform look to go with some gold sparkle Ludwigs.

The third time was putting together a set of Yamaha Crosstowns, keeping the Gibraltar pedal and throne. Now I have the lightness I was after and another uniform look.

Of these, the Yamaha stuff has been best.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
[sadly looks over at hardware, almost all of which is a mishmash and none of which is newer than 20 years old]
This asks the question: At what point does one need new hardware? I bet your hardware was nice and new at one point. Does well taken care of hardware really need replacing?
 

Vintage Old School

Gold Member
The only time I purchased all new hardware at a single time was for my daughter's kit when she first started playing.
After she quit playing I held onto her DW hardware and added onto it when I purchased my shell bank years ago.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
This asks the question: At what point does one need new hardware?

The answer for me is maybe once every ten years or so -- sometimes longer. Even then, replacement isn't mandatory, but hardware, regardless of the measures I take to keep it pristine, gets road-worn eventually. I've never had a Pearl stand or pedal malfunction though, so when I decide that it's time for a fresh round of factory sparkle, I get an all-new assembly and give my former stuff away. Someone's always happy to receive it.
 
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Pootle

Well-known member
I bought a Gibraltar 6700 series hardware pack last time around. Pretty heavy-duty and solid, cymbals stay put. I’ve added a couple of extra 6700 stands with the retractable booms which I love.

I reckon I’ve probably got one more drum kit purchase in me at some point but I won’t replace my Gibraltar hardware, it’s here to stay.
 

Pootle

Well-known member
The answer for me is maybe once every ten years or so. Even then, replacement isn't mandatory, but hardware, regardless of the measures I take to keep it pristine, gets road-worn eventually. I've never had a Pearl stand or pedal malfunction though, so when I decide that it's time for a fresh round of factory sparkle, I get an all-new assembly and give my former stuff away. Someone's always happy to receive it.
I would agree, Pearl hardware is very good. I remember my 950 counter-weighted booms from the 90s. If there a nuclear war and the world was flattened, those beasts would still be proudly standing tall.
 

Drumolator

Platinum Member
I did not buy is all at once, but all of my hardware is different now than it was three years ago. The only thing I am still using from then is my Mapex hi-hat and snare stands. Peace and goodwill.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Does well taken care of hardware really need replacing?
I'd say good quality hardware that wasn't taken care of at all doesn't need replacing. For me it's like replacing a prybar. As long as it works...

I don't think I ever gave a 2nd thought to stands.

If I ever wiped down a stand, I don't remember it.

My drums get a wipe....only the part that shows lol....only when they need it.

Stands? I just don't consider them.

I encourage everyone to neglect their hardware ha ha

I don't really mean that
 
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