The rods for the cymbals are those supports generally tripods where on top you can mount the cymbals of the battery.
Of course, as for all the parts of the battery, there are different models, of different brands, which differ in construction characteristics, weight, stability, type, etc. … everything affects the price.
Generally spending more means having a more stable rod and with more possibilities to make adjustments, so more flexible and suitable for different situations. However, having a clear idea of what this rod should be for, could save us money, without sacrificing a good quality.
In 90% of cases, the rods for the plates have a tripod base support, which guarantees their stability. The rubber feet at the base of the feet are essential to prevent the pole from moving and causing problems when the platter is hit, in addition to the vibrations when the platter is played.
The central part of the rod gives us the possibility to adjust its height. Depending on the model we will have two or three separate parts to move independently to find the height we need.
The top part of the auction is where the differences between the various models are the greatest. The rods for the plates in fact can be straight or giraffe.
STRAIGHT OR GIRAFFE SHAPED?
The straight rod has the support to mount the plate directly at the end of the telescopic part, while the giraffe one has an adjustable joint in which there is another arm, which allows us to move away or approach the plate without necessarily having to move the base.
The turntable rod is very useful when we want the platter to be closer or further to the side, but we can’t move the tripod base.
The joint of the giraffe rod can be done in various ways, it is usually a toothed support to ensure maximum stability and durability, but there are also convenient ball bearings that provide maximum freedom of adjustment, combined with good durability (if you do not exaggerate with force).
At the end of the rod there is the support where the plate will be mounted. It generally consists of a plastic collar inserted into the threaded screw, two separate felts and a butterfly to close.
HOW TO MOUNT A PLATE
Mounting the dish is very simple and soon you will find the tutorial video but I briefly summarize below the steps to do:
- You open the tripod stand and you fix it without tightening too much (there is no need and you only risk ruining the threads).
- Insert the telescopic part of the rod, if it is not already inserted, and place it at an average height per hour.
- If you have a turntable rod, you unlock the joint by unscrewing it, put it in an oblique position and adjust the support of the plate in a vertical position, taking care to pull the screws.
- Unscrew the butterfly nut and remove the first of the two felts.
- Insert the plate and put the felt back on.
- Screw in the butterfly, adjusting the stroke as desired (it is recommended not to tighten too much so as not to damage the plate).
- At this point, the rod is brought closer to the drums and the height and inclination adjustments are made, depending on the type of platter and the way it is played.