What Are Some Common Drum/Hardware Malfunctions And Some Quick Fixes?

by kindbeats on January 21, 2015

Reuben Paul Shipp: I’ve stopped buying kits with too much “innovation” in their hardware, preferring simple Pearl style tom mounts to Yamaha and Tama style contraptions. They’re so heavy in the gig bag and a waste of space.

Gootch Ibarra: Interesting first response. Right when I read the question I knew this one was going to have many different opinions. Hardware is so vast and dependant on function. A very long time ago I switched to a specific Yamaha system of hardware and outfitted all my kits to be able to easily use one set of hardware for any kit configuration ( even DW)
My main objection to any hardware is specific to angle options and the ease of finding those sweet spots in allowing a kit to be comfortable. I don’t care what any one says but to me comfort behind the kit is of utmost importance. I have never been comfortable with any vintage hardware. Honestly some vintage stuff is just plain ugly and hard to use and unreliable. One major but simple thing I did to all my drum kits is get away from suspended floor toms. I put all my floor toms back on legs. I can go on and on with this subject but I will say this in closing… thank God for options.

Will Fegan: i love yamaha hardware its light and strong ive never stripped a lug or anything. the only piece of gear that give me problems is my wood hoop that i switch from snare to snare every once and a while. depending on the weather that thing loosens up like crazy. sounds great though when all of the planets are aligned ;)

Andrew McAuley: I was looking for more of a “hi hat clutch slipping is quite common but duct tape underneath the clutch can help get you through a gig or session” type of answer, but let’s let it go wherever folks want to take it. Lol

Bill Ray: Roll pins that come out and then the stand won’t work properly. Pop rivets solve that real quick.

Shane Galloway: If your wing nut goes bad reverse it end use the threads on the opposite end. I’ve done it twice.

Gootch Ibarra: Sorry if that was a tangent answer. I’m thinking of a specific problem but drawing a blank.

Bill Ray: If the hihat clutch won’t tighten (or any screw or nut for that matter) it’s in need of some lube. Hit it with some machine oil and that will prevent the threads from binding, hence the reason it won’t tighten. The more torque you put on a thread that’s binding up the quicker it’s gonna just strip out.

Andrew McAuley: Gootch, it was very specific and detailed, making it great material to learn from. Loved it!

Mary Munroe: I was going to say hi-hat clutch slip because that’s all I’ve encountered, lol. (Good times ahead.) So, it needs lubing.

Ted Connell: Duck tape for what ails ya.

Reuben Paul Shipp: I hate any drum throne without a screw thread, no amount of memory locking fixes the downward slipping. It’s either a screw thread or getting me to stop dancing around behind the kit. I dunno if I’ll stop dancing.

Matthew Medeiros: Gootch, I thought your answer was great.

Bill Blackmon: anything that is made out of metal that rubs against anything else made out of metal will break. Duct tape is the fix. For everything.

Eddie Pollard: As a temporary fix for a broken bass drum pedal spring mid song, I wrapped a rubber band around the beater shaft and my ankle. Got me through that tune! Also, don’t leave home without duct tape, zip ties, and a few spare nuts and bolts!

Andrew McAuley: That’s a great one, Eddie Pollard!

Jeremy Sibson: Ive done this too. But I’d taken my left hand pedal of my double kick only. So no spring OR beater. Had to break a marimba mallet in half and gaffa tape it on for a beater.

Stephen Silvia: creeping bass drum …. i now use bungie chords …one on each spur , both affixed to my throne. Regarding Gootch’s answer … i agree , hanging floor toms are OUT.

Mary Munroe: Hmm my next kit I wanted suspended floor toms. Well o trust you guys that’s for sure.

Stephen Silvia: One of the big problems , Mary … placement of your floor tom(s) and whatever cymbals you have in that region … if you have your floor tom on a holder and you have a cymbal on there the placement of each is limited because they are both effecting each other. Also, a hanging floor tom just feels wrong for some reason.

Jon Berger:Stephen Silvia, Steve Gadd invented this idea. That is all he has used since the late 70’s.Every one has there comfort zone for set ups. I disagree .I often remove the legs and hang my foor tom. There is no issue with sound. in fact like my hero gadd my floor toom sings when I do this it sounds better, I have a cymbal on a long arm boom off that stand and floor space is free of 1 more stand.

Gootch Ibarra: I chose to go back to legs on my floor toms for ease of set up and I went away from any angle on my set up with two floor toms ( fairly flat and no space between drums) for my particular arm length I could not find a sweet spot with the suspended toms. As for sound I couldn’t find enough of a difference to make me stay with the suspension. I’m an audio engineer as well and have done many sessions with both types of set ups and I just couldn’t honestly say one is better than the other. Just my experience. Gadd is a hero of mine and Weckl was the one that put me over the top with the whole Yamaha set up both guys have been Yamaha suspended floor tom players forever I just prefer the traditional legs now. Switched back to that about 10 years ago. Never had another engineer say anything after I switched back either. But Jon is absolutely correct hardware is a very individual choice.

Phil Salvatti: stands. today’s stands. absolute nightmare. erector-sets for today’s skyscrapers. and they more often (because of weight and piss poor parts) FAIL. I try to avoid them as much as possible. simple fix is leave them at the drum stores. I find vintage early 70’s stands, have them stabilized, re-bolted and off you go. My stands fold, and fit in my carry on when i fly. I can move, reposition them at a moment notice while on the kit, dont have to get off the riser, and use all my strength to move a 10″ splash. I am not hidden by piping either. Hihat stands today are miniature oil rigs. Like above, find small vintage, retool and off to the races.

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