The rods can be of various sizes (diameter), generally, they have a base formed by a tripod and two or three telescopic tubes. At the end of the upper tube, there is an adjustable mechanism that houses the plate. The straight rod adjusts in height and allows only to adjust the inclination of the plate.
If you want to have more adjustments and freedom of movement, you can use the giraffe auction, which maintains all the features of the straight rod, adding the possibility of bringing the pact within the drumset at will. Usually a little more expensive than a single auction of the same diameter, it is however very easy to find them for a few tens of euros.
We’ve talked about the rods for the dishes and how the dishes are mounted in detail in this other post.
The snare drum, as the name suggests, supports the snare drum. Formed by a tripod and with a height adjustment, in the end, it has three arms where the snare drum is housed. The arms are closable and adjustable depending on the size. Apart from the cheaper models, it usually allows the adjustment of the inclination, through various methods, or gear wheels or spheres.
My advice is not to take the cheaper support, as an unstable snare can cause problems when you play. If you find a lot of really good ones spending a few tens of euros. Also, consider the purchase of a used one, these supports if kept well are immortal and can last many years.
THE CHARLESTON AUCTION (HI-HAT)
The hi-hat rod is used to house the two plates and move them through the foot. These rods can be of various sizes and with different types of adjustments. The cheaper ones only allow height adjustment, while the more professional models allow you to adjust the fluidity, the inclination of the plates and the legs, thus allowing the combination of the double pedal. For this purpose, some producers instead of the usual tripod only make two, to have more freedom of movement.
Thanks to a pedal mechanism that allows the performer to lift the upper plate from the lower plate separating them, the sound nuances that can be obtained are many. When you reach a slightly more advanced level, having a good hi-hat auction allows you to be able to “play” and experiment with sounds that go beyond the classic “open-closed” positions, but you can have all of the intermediate shades and even use the foot-splashes effect, which is achieved by hitting the two plates together with the pedal and immediately raising the foot, leaving the plates free to vibrate.
On the rod of the hi-hat are positioned two opposing plates, the lower one is called the bottom, usually heavier while the upper top, usually lighter. Of course today we also use two bottom or two tops, even some famous brands sell pairs of Charleston cymbals from two different series.
The hi-hat support holding the upper plate can create difficulties the first time it is used. Unscrew the lower nut, remove one of the two felt pads and insert the plate with the concavity facing down. Then put back the felt and the nut and put it all in the auction.
At this point the pedal is pressed a little, say around 3-4 cm and the butterfly key is turned until it is fixed to the rod. Now you can leave the pedal and the pair of plates will be detached from each other. Now playing with the pressure of the foot and hitting the pair of plates with the sticks you can get endless nuances of sound.
THE PEDAL OF THE CASH
The bass drum pedal is what, as we have already seen in the history page, has given birth to the drumkit. It consists of a plate on which the footrests, connected to a belt or chain which, through a bar inserted in the bearings, moves the leaf that hits the skin. The types of pedals are very many and very different from each other. They are found with single, double, belt or direct drive chains, they are found with different types of plates and with or without the base. The doors, in the same way, can be different in shape and material depending on the sound we want to achieve. Mainly they stand out for their hardness, so we will find the felt doors or even a wool-like for genres that need a very “soft” sound like jazz, up to those of hard felt, wood or plastic. The harder the door, the greater the attack. The adjustments we can make now are many, varying the intensity, the run and the balance. Very many pedals have springs that can be regular. The hardness of the spring is very subjective, depending on the force with which the pedal is used and the response that is sought, the springs can be pulled or not. My advice, as always, is to make changes and try until you have reached the right felling. the springs can be pulled or not. My advice, as always, is to make changes and try until you have reached the right felling. the springs can be pulled or not. My advice, as always, is to make changes and try until you have reached the right felling.
Two words also on the type of traction, that is on that part that allows transmitting the movement of the plate to the leaf. As mentioned above there are various types of traction, ie the belt, the single chain, the double chain and the direct drive. The belt is a simple strip of material that offers excellent fluidity and, on the other hand, greater wear than the others.
Chain traction is probably the most widespread and combines fluidity with robustness. The first in favour of the single chain, the second in favour of the double chain. For genres where there is a need for power and extreme precision such as metal, direct traction is used, which allows the elimination of play and wear of other types of traction. Let us not forget that the legendary 1909 Ludwig Speed King was a direct drive!
WHICH IS THE RIGHT PEDAL?
For those starting, a standard mid-range pedal will certainly be more than good and prices range from a few tens of euros to several hundred. The most important thing is the feeling with the foot, regardless of the adjustments that can be made.
“The first double pedals date back to the 80s”
Since the 80s there is a variant, which is the double pedal. It consists of a single pedal that is connected to another via a metal rod that allows it to be positioned near the hi-hat. In this way it is possible to play the case with both the right and left foot, greatly increasing the possibilities of joints and speed.
As for the drumkits and unlike the temples, before buying a pedal for the case, we strongly recommend that you try it so you can figure out which one is best suited to our needs. the brand is important, but the feeling is even more. Do not be fooled by the great drummers who use the most famous and expensive brands and models, I have played and I have a couple of pedals with a few tens of euros with which I am very well and that has nothing to envy to the top of the range.