Bit of an odd question i know, but when it came to buying my new kit i thought i deserved something nice to sit on, (if u saw the state of thing id been sitting on for the past 8 years youd understand why) so i went for the Pearl roadster with a shock absorber, fookin beautiful!
I'm having a new one built by my friends at Bigfoot, it's a quad leg double braced base that I acquired from a drum store in Birmingham (UK) a few years back with a customised Rocnsoc seat in black leather.
Currently using an 80's Premier Trilok, looks a bit flimsy compared with today's monsters, but since it's made from top quality Sheffield Steel (RIP) as opposed to the low grade FEPOS 'metal' prevalant these days, it'll out live me and probably a lot of my younger compadres!
they don't call it a throne for no reason broskis, it should really be a masterpiece and I think that if you are more comfortable while playing the kit that you will be able to better express yourself, least thats the way I am. I used a crappy Tama throne for a long time, but my back was really killin me from marching snare so I bought the real deal... a Roc N Soc Lunar LSG with the back rest. This piece of hardware is legit, its got that black velvit and its like sitting on shocks haha. It is listed at $219.95 on the Roc N Soc website, but Guitar Center is the real deal on hook ups. I know the manager at the local Guitar Center so he was gonna give me the thing for $170 and I was like its a floor model, whats the discount on floor models and he dropped it to $129.95. It was a real steal, but I love it.
Do you ever see a king sitting on a crappy old throne? Then why should us drummers?
As an aside, when I was teching for Thomas Lang, Sonor sent him a 'bike seat' throne which he didn't really like. Very comfy, well made, contured etc. But he preferred the solid round seat, as I do so I had to change the seat. The one he ended up with was a very simple, well padded round seat which is always in the 'right' place.
I don't remember which one it is, but I looked up Dave Weckl's site & saw what he was using....I've been really happy with my decision.
I have a question about the roc 'n socks for you guys. I use one at a practice studio (plastic base, with the pneumatic (maybe?) middle section to adjust).
Do you roc 'n sock users find that they wear out over time? I think it's an extremely comfortable throne, but the one at the studio tends to sink down little by little. Now, I'm no small guy (6'0 235lbs), but I wouldn't think it should be doing that.
For me its just my back, I have been marchin snare for a while and my back just starts to hurt with that kind of pressure especially for extended periods of time. I play for a lot of different churches in my area when their drummers are out and one church that I play at usually will do a 1- 1.5 hr of music... that totally convinced me the back rest is worth it. I must say though that the round seat never is bad, but if you can find a seat that fits u just right... man its legit.
used to use the throne that came with my kit but it was uncomfy and ended up falling to bits.
dont think i'll be changing it for a long while.as stirdy as you like,dont think you could get much more comfort and to top it all,its got shocks/suspension.helps a hell of alot when im playin cos i really do tend to get into the music and 'bounce' around alot and you can also make it the shocks firmer or softer which is a bonus..
as for the back rests..i dont use one,and personally dont see the point in them.even during gigs,im never stand still long enough to sit back..
Roc-n-Soc Nitro with a back rest. Never used to give the throne much thought. Read an article where they talked about how drummers spend all kinds of money on gear and then use a $10 throne. You have to sit on it for hours so spend the extra and be comfy. As far as the backrest....now that I've used one, I'll never play without one.