Lacreta <email@example.com> wrote: > I just wanted to add how great it is to see supportive in-put from > the group. And now I'm interested in the drum frame too. I have > really short legs, (I'm a 5'2" woman btw) and getting to each and > every drum, cymbal, cow bell, or whatever is rather interesting for > me. I hate it when my husband, (a guitar player) moves anything,,, AS a drumframe owner let me say a couple of things about it. I think the thing is simply wonderful whether or not a person has medical difficulties or not. The tilt back position is extremely comfortable and greatly reduces the "falling forward" problem that double bass players have from not having a stabilizing foot on the hat pedal. And there have been reports from Gatzen and others that the DrumFrame has for people with medical problems of various sorts been the difference between playing and not playing or playing for minutes and playing for hours. That is the plus side. But there is also a down side. First off it's a Rack system. So that means the thing is heavy. And Since the Drumframe includes a tilt back throne and riser it even more heavy. Now mind you it is NOT heavier than the gear a drummer might use that has a rack, large throne, and riser with his rig! But is bulkier and heavier than a few stands and a light throne. This turns some people off to it. Hey, it turns ME off to it! And by that I mean that now, I only use the Drumframe out when I'm getting paid to haul it. For freebies, jam sessions, charity events etc. I take the reduced kit which is just a few drums, tom-bass, and a couple of stands. But the Frame almost always set up for practice. And if I don't have to schlep it simply CANNOT be beat! As for your case, let me tell you how I did it with my drumframe. It's kind of a matter of how you think. Most drummers (including me in pre-drumframe days) set up the kit by opening the stands, sitting them on what ever open spaces on the floor they can find and maybe jockey them around a bit to get some "optimum" fit. If they need a cowbell they look around and say "hey, theres an open spot on the bass drum hoop, I'll clamp one there. I respectfully submit that this thinking is ass-backwards! What you need to do is plop your butt on the throne (or in my case drumframe chair) and then start evaluating exactly WHERE you'd like each item to be in front of you. Snare, hat, cymbals, pedals, toms, bells, whatever. Then having figured out where you'd like the item to be located THEN you figure out how to mount it in THAT spot. Whatever kind of rods, clamps, supports, you have to buy/build you DO it! And then finally, you MEMORY LOCK all that gear so each thing ALWAYS goes into that exact spot every time you set up. Even my pedals have pins so they go on the velcro EXACTLY the same way EVERY time! Let me tell you THIS is HEAVEN! Your drumset finally begins to feel like you are playing an INSTRUMENT rather than some collection of crap! This is one thing the DrumFrame did for me and I found it WORTH whatever it costs! Can you dig it? Heh, heh, I KNEW that you could! > anyway, the whole drum thing for me has been a real inspiration. My > ankles were shattered 11 years ago and I have a bunch of hardware > in my ankles. Fortunately I'm in relatively decent shape and can > get around fine. Taking up drums has greatly improved my leg > strength, stamina, and mobility range. Plus it hasn't hurt my > ego either..........people love to hear that a woman plays drums. So I strongly advise looking into a Drumframe or at least a rack. Before I had that, I used to have drum rug with magic marker outlines where things sat on it, but the memlock rack thing is much superior. Benj -- SPAM-Guard! Remove .users (if present) to email me!