Drum hardware


Drum hardware
The drum kit
Drum Kit Snare drum Bass drum Floor tom Ride cymbal Toms Hi-hat
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1 Ride cymbal | 2 Floor tom | 3 Toms

4 Bass drum | 5 Snare drum | 6 Hi-hat

Other components

Crash cymbal | China cymbal | Splash cymbal | Sizzle cymbal
Swish cymbal | Cowbell | Wood block | Tambourine
Rototom | Octoban | Hardware

Drum hardware refers to the parts of a drum or drum kit that are used to tension, position, and otherwise support the instruments themselves. Occasionally, the hardware is used percussively as well (as in the rim shot).

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Drum parts

Drum head

1 Holder clamp, 2 Rim, 3 Tension rod, 4 Lug, 5 Snare butt

A drum "hoop" or "rim" may be made of metal, wood, or other materials and is used to hold a drumhead against a drum shell, either with bolts through metal "claws" attached directly to a hoop, or bolts through holes in a flanged rim. The bolts, called "tension rods," are screwed into threaded "lugs" attached to the drum shell, in order to tighten and tune the drumhead.[1] A "drum key" is a type of wrench often used to screw the tension rods into the lugs.

Drum Badge

1 Drum badge and grommet, 2 Snare strainer, 3 Throwoff lever

While not required for operation, most drum manufacturers label their products by way of a drum "badge". The badge is a label attached to the drum shell with a grommet, which is embossed with the manufacturer's name or logo, and often a serial number as well. The grommet doubles as a "vent" hole for two-sided drums.[2]

Bass Drum Legs

The bass drum(s) in a drum kit usually sit on the floor, and as such require support to prevent rolling. Two adjustable legs are attached by clamps to either side of the shell.[3]

Bass Drum Pedal

Most kit bass drums are sounded by a beater which is actuated by a pedal mechanism. See bass drum pedal for more information.

Tom drum

Tom-toms have clamps attached to the shell to mount them on stands and holders. Rim-mounted clamps are known as "Rims" or "ISS" mounts. floor toms have clamps to hold their three legs.[4]

Snare drum

Snare drums will often have a "strainer" on one side and a "butt plate" on the other to hold the snare wires to the drumhead. Snare tension is controlled with a screw on the strainer. A strainer may also have a "throwoff" lever to deactivate and move snares away from the drumhead if a tom-tom sound is desired.[5]

Stands and holders

1 Hi-hat rod and clutch 2 Tom and cowbell clamp holders 3 HiHat legs and pedal

Metal stands and holders are used to support percussion instruments or microphones. Floor stands are often tripods and telescoping. Snare drum stands have three arms as a "basket" to cradle the drum. Tom-Tom stands and holders may sit on the floor or be clamped through a mounting bracket on top of a bass drum, and have extending rods which attach to clamps on the tom-tom. Cymbal stands have a threaded bolt or "cymbal post" to hold a cymbal down with a nut. Cymbal "stackers" allow additional cymbals to be added to an existing stand.

Tom-tom and cymbal stands may have a "boom arm" attached to extend holder reach, and a "tilter" to move instruments into a desired position. Smaller "clamp holders" may also be used to attach more instruments to existing stands. Drum "racks" are stands surrounding a drum kit onto which percussion instrument holders may be clamped. "Memory locks" are clamps used to make drum and telescoping positions permanent.

Hi-hat stands, remote hi-hats, and X-hats are also considered to be hardware.[4]

For details on hi-hat stand hardware, see Hi-hat

Drum throne

The drum "throne" is a three or four-legged padded seat or stool the drummer sits on while playing. Thrones may be shaped like round cushions or in a saddle design. Throne heights may be adjusted to accommodate the drummer.[4]

Drum pedals

Bass drum pedals, timpani pedals, and hi-hat pedals are considered to be drum hardware.[4]

Drum hardware manufacturers

References

  1. ^ International House of Blues Foundation. "Making a Drum" 2003
  2. ^ Vintage Drum Guide. "Drum Badges" 2007
  3. ^ Marshall, Paul. Radcliff, Mike. "Glossary of Terms (Drum kit/Drumset)" 1999
  4. ^ a b c d "Pearl Drums Hardware" 2004
  5. ^ Okamoto, Gene. " HOW TO REPLACE AND ADJUST SNARES" 1995-2003

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