Placing Rides on 45 Degree Angles

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DRUMSMYWIFE
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Post Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:24 pm

It may be weird but whatever works best. Because there isno worng way to set up a drumset!
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Post Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:44 pm

I have mine up like that, more than 45 but not vertical.

It all came about when my kit was set up in my room and i had to set it up like that otherwise it wouldnt fit, now i find that its the most comfortable way to do it and i hate playing a flat ride, my kit goes quite nicely round it too.
I suppose you could partly blame the fact that im a major fan of Nicko McBrain and he is practically my idol, but i find that angle comfortable. :)
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Post Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:32 pm

I find that angle comfortable as well and i have used my ride cymbal at that angle before when i had a nicko replica kit. but i'm pretty flexible with my set up and i am constantly changing my set up around, so i adapt.
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Post Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:53 pm

I don't like it myself, but who am I to argue with al foster and nicko mcbrain?

I don't have my ride flat, but definitely not that much of an angle. I like keeping my arm lower than that facilitates.
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:41 pm

I put my ride over my floor toms and it just made it easier to hit when its angled and off to your right side.
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:02 am

I believe Will Calhoun from Living Colour also set his 2 rides at the 45 deg. angle. I have tried it and it seemed to choak the sound a bit and it does not feel natural to me. I can't get the washing sound out of the ride like I like in that position. To each his/her own. DB
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:48 am

I remember reading an interview with Peter Erskine in Modern Drummer a couple decades ago where he was talking about making his cymbals flatter. Before that, he had his cymbals at really extreme angles. He found it increased sustain and playability. I have to say I agree with that. I tried putting my cymbals at more acute angles when I was much younger, and I couldn't get used to not having a trajectory for the stick that utilized gravity efficiently.
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:20 am

I have my rides tilted towards me and find them very comfortable to play. I don't know if they are at 45 degrees, but they are not flat by any means.

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