I've never owned a Roc-n-Soc, but as far as thrones go, I've never owned a better, more comfy one than my Tama First Chair drum throne.
Thanks! Il actually try that at my next gig Or ask friendly forum members at the london drum show. And yay 500 posts took me long enoughI think the biggest factor in back pain is posture, more than the throne. Unless of course a bad (wobbling?) throne causes bad posture and strained muscles.
Experiment with raising or lowering the throne, as well as the other elements of your kit. Shoot a video of yourself playing and see if you can spot a bad posture or source of pain. Or show it to your doctor if the pain continues. My 2 cents
The above was the best investment I made, since I resumed playing nearly 15 years ago. No brainer. Buy one.I've got a Roc'n'Soc with a backrest and to me it's the backrest that makes the difference as to whether my back hurts at the end of the night or not.
No backrest on the stool (if I forget to take it or don't have the space) = nagging back pain
Backrest on stool = no back pain.
+1. I got a Ford Smart Ass following a back injury and it is worth every penny. After lifting and packing all sorts of gear, riding a hardtail Harley for years the wear and tear finally caught up with me. This back injury is the first and only injury I've sustained in my life.If you are willing to make an investment, the Ford Drum Company has drum throne which are made using Swedish memory foam:
and the tripod base is supplied as the spiral height adjustment. Carl Palmer (ELP) uses these and helps with a bad back. Obviously, they are not for everyone or necessary.
Also, it's important to begin playing with good posture as well. This is where having a good teacher in the beginning is worth every penny too. I had a teacher like this, and when I started marching around with a drum on, it all helped. Ergonomics is the name of the long-term game!My two cents for everyone who wants to play drums into their 50's, 60's and 70's, then start thinking long range "preventative" and invest in a quality drum stool now while you're young. The Ford Smart Ass with the Swedish Memory Foam is one of the single best pieces of gear I own. Wish I could have owned one 40 years ago (had they been available).