Posted: October 22, 2010 06:58 AM


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Has anyone seen the wingkey by Gibraltar? It’s a three in one T shaped drum key, 1/2” socket wrench & a claw wrench made for wing bolts.

The drum keys a no brain-er. The socket wrench works on Gibraltar hardware, and should work for tuning congas, bongos & timbales, if the nut’s the right size.

It seems like a good idea, but I don’t like the idea of using a tool to tighten wing-bolts on cymbal stands, racks, or any hardware. It’s even advertised to use on a hi hat clutch.

I can remember as a kid with cheap hardware always trying to over-tighten everything. I think when you start over-tightening, the hardware wares out quicker, and your forced to over-tighten more. Quality hardware should work when tightened by hand.

Plus a lot of places I play have a house kit. I can’t stand trying to adjust hardware that’s hard to reach that the last guy over-tightened.


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Posted: October 22, 2010 10:16 AM

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Amen on the over-tightening. It’s a hardware killer to be avoided at all costs (and is usually unnecessary).


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Posted: October 24, 2010 09:59 PM


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bigbeat - 22 October 2010 06:58 AM

Quality hardware should work when tightened by hand.

Yup. You got that right! excaim


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