How do you sit at your kit?

How do you sit at your kit?

  • Low, legs horizontal, toms flat.

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  • High up, legs sloping downward and toms flowing as much as possible.

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Rob Crisp

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Saturday night I played a great show, but was also the most uncomfortable behind a kit that I've ever been.

We played a kit in Brighton and the kit was a really smart looking DW but it was really low. He'd memory locked everything (not that I blame him mind). So being respectful I raised as little as possible, the snare and throne and used my own hi hat stand.

The toms were also flat and rack tom mounted way to the left so it was harder to get between the two and cymbals were more or less impossible to get where I like them.

I was just wondering how high everyone else sits and sets up their gear. The lowrider look may be cool, but it's also really uncomfortable for me.

I understand it's all personal perference, I'm just interested to see who sits where and why! :)
 

m

New member
I had the exact same issue last month- nice DW kit but it felt so tiny and LOW! I raised the throne and snare stand, but that's about it, just made the best of the rest. All I could really do was back the throne up, everything else was nailed to the drum riser.
That's it in my avatar, it looked and felt like a toy set to me.

I prefer to sit high w/ the bass far enough from me to get knees a little lower than hips and legs at about a 55 or 60 degree angle (I play heel down a lot) I also don't want the snare below my knees.

I would think riding low with flat toms would be very difficult, don't you have to angle them more the lower you sit?
 

Rob Crisp

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Well, that was one of my issues, trying to get myself into a position I could comfortably get around the kit. The low tom was rack mounted and so low that again, it was like playing belwow my hips, which I hate! Same as you M, like to sit back a little with snare at hip height and floors same.

Still, kind of nice when you can still play well in an awkward position I think! Testament to hours of practice.
 

NG1284

New member
I recently played on a nice Saturn Pro where the toms were so flat and low I felt like I had 5 floor toms looping around me.
 

SGarrett

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Being tall, my stuff needs to be up high. I sit with my thighs slightly angled down towards my knees, my snare at waist height, my floor tom at the same height, and my rack toms are maybe 4" off of my snare at their lowest point. My crash cymbals are all around shoulder height, my hats are a few inches above the lowest point of my toms, and my ride is a little lower than that. Everything but the hats are angled towards me and set up for economy of motion.
 

Brother_Bong

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SGarrett":1zjug1m2 said:
Being tall, my stuff needs to be up high. I sit with my thighs slightly angled down towards my knees, my snare at waist height, my floor tom at the same height, and my rack toms are maybe 4" off of my snare at their lowest point. My crash cymbals are all around shoulder height, my hats are a few inches above the lowest point of my toms, and my ride is a little lower than that. Everything but the hats are angled towards me and set up for economy of motion.
I was going to say that there needed to be a third choice on the poll, (thats why I didn't vote) a in the middle of the two. Garrett your set sounds pretty close to mine. Slight slope to everything, and not too far out of reach.

 

SGarrett

New member
Yeah, that looks pretty similar.

I'm fully digging the yellow/black kit...I think the South Park tie really sets if off. I used to used have a kit that had black kicks and floor toms with blue rack toms, with egg crate in the kicks.



 

break the prism

New member
i try to have my toms at a very slight, but comfortable angle and have my legs at about a 100 degree angle, just above level, with the ground.

at this place down in Hamden there's a house kit that they recommend people play, due to lack of space. the toms are extremely difficult to have at the angle that i like them because the arm is the old fashioned hexagonal rod, but i try to make the best of it. i usually set it flat and sit a bit higher than usual.
 

Atmerrill

New member
It really depends on the kit. I've always tried to keep the seat between 21-23 inches - I've never been into the sit low, slant your snare towards you and reach up for toms and cymbals arrangements.

On the Ford, I'm at 23". It puts the snare at belt buckle height and I can dance on the pedals.
 

Brother_Bong

New member
Yeah, Garrett, looks like I could get around your kit pretty easy. Plus I'm 6 ft, so The hight probably wouldn't hinder me.
AT, you got me wondering actual hight of my throne, I'm gonna go measure.........
 

m

New member
Bong":1vn88j1l said:

I'm gonna go measure.........
your new avatar- funny! I passed that exit sign a few weeks ago on our trip back from WI; I wanted to get a pic of it for my jamband-loving friend. Looks like someone already did. :)
 

Brother_Bong

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m":3s0o2z8q said:
Bong":3s0o2z8q said:

I'm gonna go measure.........
your new avatar- funny! I passed that exit sign a few weeks ago on our trip back from WI; I wanted to get a pic of it for my jamband-loving friend. Looks like someone already did. :)
Yeah, I thought it would be fitting, seeing as how this forum is kinda my recreation area! Aside from the kit.

Now, lesse....top of throne is at 21", top of snare (edge closest to me) 24", and the snare is tilted to 18 degrees (from horizontal). Gotta love pipefittin tools, angle finders are cool.
 

phil-drummer

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hmm i sit legs kinda flat so my legs are pretty much at a 90 degree angle , but i hav a relativly flat snare but with quite tiled toms as im not very talls and cymbals rangin from head height or lower
 

rlrrll

New member
The key here is to set up your gear around your body, not to try to fit your body to the specs of a kit. SGarret and M are both pretty tall dudes, so they need to sit higher so that their knees and ankles are in a relaxed position so it's easy to move. I'm a bit shorter (5'9"), so I tend to disappear behind the toms if there set up to high. I like to sit with my thighs parallel to the ground and my calfs perpendicular to the ground. My ankles are in their natural, flat position this way. There is no tension anywhere, so it's easy to move my ankles up and down, or my leg if I'm playing heel up. If you set up too low, you ankle is already partially stretched, which makes the motion more difficult.

What I can't figure out is how these metal dudes play with sitting so low that their knees are up by their chest and their ankles are at a 40 degree angle off the floor. The physics are totally working against them. That has to catch up with you at some point.When your young, you can play through a lot of bad technique with brute force. Not so much as you age!!

Bill Bruford once said "Get some music together and then build your set to match the needs of the music". I'd say it's the same for your body type.

tc
 

Alexander

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You need more options here in your poll damnit! My drum teacher, Peter Magadini http://www.petermagadini.com/, would say "position the tomtoms @ a 40 degree angle to you for maximum accessibility & impact, & sit with your thighs slightly above parallel to the ground (knees slightly below hip joints) when your feet are @ rest on the foot pedals. Your thighs should be parallel to the ground (knees @ same level of hips) when you're playing heel-up/on the balls of your feet." It's worked for me! :wink:
 

SocKeT

New member
I like the lower setup on a four piece except i have the rack tom about 4 inches higher than the snare and floor tom but still flat, if its the same highth as the snare it is hard for me to get around the kit
 

goatatl

New member
Bong":9zkyha26 said:
SGarrett":9zkyha26 said:
Being tall, my stuff needs to be up high. I sit with my thighs slightly angled down towards my knees, my snare at waist height, my floor tom at the same height, and my rack toms are maybe 4" off of my snare at their lowest point. My crash cymbals are all around shoulder height, my hats are a few inches above the lowest point of my toms, and my ride is a little lower than that. Everything but the hats are angled towards me and set up for economy of motion.
I was going to say that there needed to be a third choice on the poll, (thats why I didn't vote) a in the middle of the two. Garrett your set sounds pretty close to mine. Slight slope to everything, and not too far out of reach.

That looks pretty comfortable to me, although it may be a little more "spread out" than what I'm used to. I need the hi-hat a little higher; What's up with the double boom box rig to the left of the kit? (curious)

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goatatl

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My knees are about level with my hips, which is probably not great for the back, but then I've already had the spinal fusion surgery...
 
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