Trick Drums: Hardware Roundup
Trick Drums is one of the most innovative drum companies around and marches to the beat of their own drummer. Creating aircraft-aluminum-grade drum shells is not an example of following the herd. This quest for new high-tech ideas has led them to not only create some great-sounding drums but also to invent new products and improve upon established ones. Trick's GS007 throw-off and Pro 1-V pedals have received widespread praise from owners and reviewers alike. We were eager to check out some of the company’s newest hardware offerings, especially its new Pro 1-V Bigfoot Double pedal with chain drive and laser triggers.
Quick Release Cymbal Toppers
If you’re a busy working drummer who is on an eternal quest to speed up your set up and tear down time – check these out. These nifty gadgets allow you to easily remove your cymbals in record time. The units screw on top of your existing stands and are offered in both 8mm and 6mm threading to accommodate whatever brand hardware you use. The device consists of a threaded and replaceable Delrin stem that won’t keyhole your cymbals, a circular nut at the bottom that can adjust the tension on your cymbal (i.e. keep your ride from flopping to and fro), and the removable top sleeve. To use it, simply screw it onto your existing stand, place your felts and cymbal onto it and push the button down that’s on top of the quick-release mechanism. Once it snaps into place it won’t come off no matter how hard you play.
To remove the top sleeve, put your thumb on top of it and place the collar between your first two fingers and lift up on the collar. Voila! It’s very simple and fast. I’ve tried several other devices of this type and they either flew off mid-song, or they required more time to set up. This is the best product of this type I’ve tried – and they’re inexpensive.
Suspendz Three Six Zero Tom Mounting System
Tom suspension systems are designed to increase your drums’ resonance. Trick takes a slightly different approach to tom suspension. Rather than use a partial band, the company suspends the drum from just below the tension rods via a thin aluminum band across the entire circumference of the drum. This machined band is unobtrusive and can work with very tight multitom setups since it doesn’t extend past the drum lugs. So in contrast to some other suspension systems, it doesn’t require you to space your toms any further apart from one another than you could without them. I found them to work very well adding a lot of sustain to the tom I used it with. They are available in 8", 10", 12", 13", 14", and 16" sizes and can even be powder coated to match your kit (for an additional cost).
Predator Remote Hi-Hat
Trick’s remote hi-hat design allows the cable to be rotated at different angles to avoid bends and curves that otherwise dampen the pedal’s feel. The unit has just been upgraded with a more versatile clamp that allows for tilting of the unit so you can play your hi-hats at an angle. It has a convenient 18-step tension adjustment that you can use to accommodate different hi-hat weights or precisely tailor the feel. It comes with a high-quality and sharp blue-colored cable and Trick’s innovative push rather than pull direct-drive system. When you press the pedal it pushes a wheel that turns to close the cymbals. As with all Trick pedals it is machined to very precise tolerances. Two cable lengths are available: 3' and 7'.
The unit’s footboard doesn’t use feet or legs that might get in the way of your other pedals. The large baseplate provides all the stability you’ll need and there is industrial strength hook and loop material at four points beneath the plate. However, if you like to occasionally straddle your hi-hat and bass drum pedal at the same time the 1" to 2" distance between the footboards may be uncomfortable if you play barefoot. Aesthetically, it matches the gleaming brushed metal look of the Pro 1-V pedals, so it’s probably the coolest looking hi-hat I’ve seen. It feels much like other cable hi-hats I’ve tried and is relatively smooth, but in my experience, cable hats don’t quite match the response of a standard hi-hat stand due to friction inside the cable.