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TrashWolf 2007-02-25 10:53

Bying racks, is it worth it?
 
Hello. First post.

So, I'm just gonna ask quick and simple; is it worth bying racks? They're pretty exprencive (atleast where I live), and you still have to buy "half stands" to put on the rack before you can have your cymbals and toms and what ever on it. But on the other hand, once you have it, you have it, and you don't have to buy new stands (atleast not complete) for every new thing you buy to the set. I don't really need a rack right now. but, I might.


So, yes, or no?

Demogorgon 2007-02-25 17:58

Yes.

drawn&quartered 2007-02-25 19:00

if you have the money I would. You could probably fit about 4 toms on there, and other shit. I would think that setting up for shows would be a little easier. I've accually never had a drum rack, but those are my thoughts...

problematic 2007-02-26 01:47

Probably better to grow them naturally.

jimmers 2007-02-26 09:11

I use a 3-sided Icon rack which is absolutely ace and never slips, and it's of course ace to have everything exactly where you had stuff last time etc etc.

The only niggle I've got with it is that it makes even more shite to carry around everywhere. Even if you go nuts and buy a nice bag for it or whatever, like your man there said, you still need the top half of each stand and that all adds a lot of weight and a lot of trips up and down stairs (for me, anyway). It grates with me to such an extent that I've recently stopped using it and gone back to stands and I'm much happier that way.

Rack are cool; there's no doubt about that. They look good, they keep everything nice and still and in one piece, they help you refine your setup by being able to make tiny adjustments and know it'll still be there tomorrow etc, and probably most useful of all is they take up a LOT less room on stage than having many stands. But if you have to move it around very often, the fannying around with it will quickly outweigh the advantages.

Almost all the drummers I know who've had them go back to stands, it's usually just the pros who don't have to lug them everywhere themselves who keep them forever.

sixsicsix 2007-03-06 21:19

Quote:
Originally Posted by problematic
Probably better to grow them naturally.

:rofl:

skank nasty 2007-04-27 11:50

keep your eyes peeled for a second hand one. i waited 2 years to get hold of mine but it was well worth the wait. having to set up 5 toms and 11 cymbals was a pain in the arse using stands, they weigh loads and take up more room than needed, i payed 60 for a 3 sided pearl rack, its not in brilliant condition, the mounts wobble quite a lot but i never tend to notice when playing. where i rehearse i can leave the rack with all the boom arms in it nicely folded, it takes me about 10 mins to set my drums up from there. i dont think i would go back to using stands unless i was to scale down my kit somewhat.

TrashWolf 2007-05-06 00:50

3 sided rack for 60? Where?
I only found one three sided here, and it costs around 400.

Anyway, I'll probably not move to racks right know. Think I'll just use tom stands or mount my toms to cymbal stands and so on.

xgrafcorex 2007-05-10 21:17

what's bying?

jimmers 2007-05-12 20:45

Quote:
Originally Posted by TrashWolf
3 sided rack for 60? Where?
I only found one three sided here, and it costs around 400.


They are around. I got a second hand 3-sided Icon with 10 clamps for 90. Keep your eye on eBay etc

skank nasty 2007-05-16 15:54

Quote:
Originally Posted by TrashWolf
3 sided rack for 60? Where?
I only found one three sided here, and it costs around 400.

Anyway, I'll probably not move to racks right know. Think I'll just use tom stands or mount my toms to cymbal stands and so on.


ebay is the obvious answer really but keep your eyes peeled at drum shops. cheap things are often hidden in corners. mine just happened to be lying around when i went to get some sticks. one of my friends made a 5 sided rack for his immensly huge kit for about 200 he got all the clamps and then some scafolding for the tubes, looked ace and when people ask about it you can have the satisfaction of saying you built it yourself.

oldspice 2007-11-08 15:09

I used one, but quickly went back to stands. Racks are great if you never have to take them apart. It makes set-up quick and easy, but that assumes you have a vehicle you can haul them around in. If not it just adds to the set-up time. I also had trouble with live shows because a lot a clubs just don't have enough stage room to fit the rack.

The Execrator 2007-12-02 18:40

Racks are worth it if you are having a hard time getting regular stands to hold your toms and cymbals the way you want to play them. If you play 12 cymbals with 12 individual stands, get a rack. If you play a drum set with 4 toms up front and quite a few cymbals, get a rack. If you play standard drum set with 2 rack toms and 4-6 cymbals, stop being a bitch and realize that you have it easier than the rest of us.

low-tech 2007-12-04 06:07

I'm usually opposed to such things but if you are building a large kit it makes sense.

if you think you can cut down your et-up, brake down time......go for it.

faf_476 2007-12-23 04:01

Upgrading your drum kit into a rack, or adding up some rack on your drum kit is nice, basically you can practice a lot easier, like Mike Portnoy's kit, so hot ass kit.


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