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Old 05-02-12, 07:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for your input Kaily, and i agree with you about carrying the drum, however.... This stand was for my wife to play a Robbie Burns concert and she was 6 months pregnant. Carrying the drum was not an option, neither was not playing.

On a seperate note, I did find a pretty cool keyboard stand that worked really well. If anyone from the industry is reading you'd probably make a ton of money if you created a stand for tenor drums, maybe something similar to the KP stand??? just an idea...
Thanks trotts
I totally agree with your wife using the drum stand and looking after her health when pregnant.
I was expressing my opinion on these types of drummer`s aids being used constantly at practice sessions.
Daz hit the nail right on the head when he said keep practice routines simple and do not use too much of the gimmicks being sold by the manufacturers.

As a drumming instructor for mostly young people I need to create my kids practice routines as near to competition conditions as possible and I am sorry but drum stands at practice sessions are definately not on!
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Old 06-02-12, 02:09 AM   #12
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A couple of years ago the Shotts boys were all outside the Todd bar prior to the Worlds and they were playing practice pads attached to stands.....My first and only thought was and is 'gimmick'......

I'm not into all these pads that attach to harnesses or stands for pads etc...use a table for yer pad or use yer drum....and save some dosh
Our drummers have a couple of those pads on stands, and they make great beer/coffee tables for after practice

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Thanks trotts
I totally agree with your wife using the drum stand and looking after her health when pregnant.
I was expressing my opinion on these types of drummer`s aids being used constantly at practice sessions.
Daz hit the nail right on the head when he said keep practice routines simple and do not use too much of the gimmicks being sold by the manufacturers.

As a drumming instructor for mostly young people I need to create my kids practice routines as near to competition conditions as possible and I am sorry but drum stands at practice sessions are definately not on!
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Totally agree with you Kaily.
The photo of me using a keyboard stand for my drum, is for our concert band, which is a lot less formal, as you can see from our dress. We're not usually in a circle, as we are in that shot. By not using the harness it frees up for quick changes to other instruments and ease of movement around the stage. We also practice in 5 and 6 hour stints, so it takes the pressure off the shoulders.
For competition and parade band, it's harnesses all the way.
We did have a young guy (13) in our competition band who insisted on using a stand for practice. Not only did it make it difficult when practicing drill, but when at a comp or out and about, every time we turned around he had his drum and harness off. I personally found it to be a real pain in the toosh.
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Also being a lead drummer and instuctor to young and old children.. (just a poke at my drum corps :)) I also beleive in being as close to real as possible.. that being said, i'm also realistic in knowing that i can't ask a 14 yr old, or a 50 yr old to carry a drum for hours on end. Yes we have breaks however i do believe there is a time for stands or modifications to practice routines.

Years ago when i was in the cadet movement in here in canada, i was out west teaching at a summer camp. One of the piping instructors and i made two drumming tables. 1 was at perfect height to sit and the other to stand. The tables had hard rubber all around them so no matter where you sat/stood you had a pad. Also when the drum corps got together with the tenors they could stand at the tall table giving them able room to flourish.

as for the gimicky practice pad stands, i can also see some value in those. i may want to stand in the line but also be able to speak over drums to give out instruction.... also it gets the corps used to standing beside me looking at my sticks rather than around a table looking at my sticks. Again that being said we don't have any stands for practice pads in our corps, we use drums, and the only time i personally use a stand for my drum is if i am going to be in and out of my position for any reason.

Thanks to everyone for their replies in this post... it was originally intended as a way to find a stand for my to play her drum on while she was pregnant and it turned into a fantastic discussion of products, styles and practice routines.. As an aside we had a baby boy in may and at eight months old now, i can't keep him away from from sticks and pad/floor/pots and pans/fridge/cupboards/anything he can make noise on..lol...
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Gotta say, I disagree with the comments regarding the pad on the stand. I'll admit that at first I thought they were a little ott and maybe just another way to make money out of bands but they are brilliant.

Not only are the pads themselves great but with them being adjustable the drummers can have them set at the height and angle they would normally have their drums. This is much better for a pad practise than a table where hand positions will be nothing like those used on the drums.

Does that mean drums should just be used? Well, maybe but do you always want to put a drum on to just practise? If you don't have a drum at home, it's pad on the knee or on a table, the pads allow the player the chance to practise properly in the position they'd actually be playing in.
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I made fun of the drum pad on a stand in an earlier post, but we've really found them useful ,other than just using them as a coffee table, which we do all the time.
They get used in places a table just isn't available, and it's not possible to get out drums. The car park, on a bus, motel foyer. And since they were bought cheap on Ebay, they were really worth the investment.
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All good places to use them Janelle, don't get me wrong, I've seen them used for drinks too, just shows they're multi use lol. I do agree there's no substitute for wearing a drum though but when it's not possible, these pads or the pads on a harness, provide a much more realistic playing experience over a pad on a table or knee.
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All good places to use them Janelle, don't get me wrong, I've seen them used for drinks too, just shows they're multi use lol. I do agree there's no substitute for wearing a drum though but when it's not possible, these pads or the pads on a harness, provide a much more realistic playing experience over a pad on a table or knee.
to make pads on a harness even more realistic we should start making 20 lbs drum pads??? JK. lol.
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