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Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform   

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The Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform raises small bass drums 2" off of the ground. Fits 18" and 20" bass drums....Read More

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The Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform raises small bass drums 2" off of the ground. Fits 18" and 20" bass drums.


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GibraltarBass Drum Platform
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (8)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Schmitty48

Without a doubt, this is the BEST bass drum riser on the market. I bought one for my 18" kick and liked it so much I bought another for my...Read complete review

Without a doubt, this is the BEST bass drum riser on the market. I bought one for my 18" kick and liked it so much I bought another for my 20". I run the one for the 18" fully extended and it puts the beater dead center on the head. This little drum is now a 16x18 howitzer. I run the one for the 20" fully contracted and again the beater hits dead center. This drum is a 20x20 and very "cannonesque" to begin with. Add the riser and now you've got resonance (BOOM) along with the cannon (BLAM). I strongly recommend this to anyone using a 20" kick. BUY IT !! You'll be glad you did.
The only thing I would change is the tension screws for the hoop clamp. The knurled allen heads work okay, but a key-adjustable screw would be better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Falls apart

I have had two of these; I purchased the second after the first was stolen. This piece of gear does improve the sound of an 18" or smaller bass drum, but...Read complete review

I have had two of these; I purchased the second after the first was stolen. This piece of gear does improve the sound of an 18" or smaller bass drum, but there are multiple fatal design flaws and poor build quality. First, the wingnuts for the height adjustment are impossible to tighten with your fingers, and difficult even with a wrench, so height adjustment feature is useless. Secondly, the black pieces that tighten down on your bass drum hoop are not padded and will scratch the hoop. Worst of all, they are attached to the thumb screws loosely, with a screw that loosens even more as you play. This means they will rattle loudly, ruining the sound of your bass drum (especially for recording), and eventually will completely fall off. The design of this clamp makes the screws virtually IMPOSSIBLE TO TIGHTEN OR FIX. So basically it produces a loud unwanted noise, falls apart completely within minutes of use, and fails miserably at it's sole purpose. Expect 10 minutes max of usefulness from this thing.

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5.0

works as it should

By Mikey

from Baja Arizona

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

    wanted this for my gretsch catalina club jazz kit, fine way to get my kick drum up and center my beater

     
    4.0

    Great Bass Drum Platform

    By Tony NYC

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

      This product actually has stabilized my small bass drum and I can now focus my attacks at dead center of the bass head. Wonderful and very satisfied.

       
      5.0

      This riser works for me!

      By ZacDrums

      from CLayton NC

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

          I was skeptical considering the mixed reviews. However, when I got it and attached it to my 18" kick with a Pearl P932 double pedal, the only issue that I had was the attachment plate was not thick enough for the pedal to "bite" firmly. Partly a pedal issue and easily remedied. There are plastic inserts on the hoop clamp to protect the hoop and overall sturdy construction. It lifted the drum high enough to position the beater dead center, producing a fatter and punchier sound. My spurs on the kick drum were long enough to get the front up high enough to provide the desired tilt to minimize forward beater travel. Also I think that the drum resonates better since it is not sitting on the ground.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good product overall, but needs design work

          By Drum Nut

          from Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Bottom plate locates pedal an inch further away

          Best Uses

          • Good for all uses

          Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

          All professional drummers must be mechanics too. I cut 3/4 of an inch off the bottom plate freehand with a grinder and a cutoff wheel. Now the kick pedal is close enough to the head to be functional. Without that modification the lift is not useable. Also; the spurs must be really long to make the drum level. No problem for a pro, but the lift is not going to work right out of the box.

           
          5.0

          Works as expected.

          By Terra Incognito

          from Tulsa, Ok

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

              Brought this for a used Catalina kit that did not come with a drum platform. It worked perfectly.

               
              4.0

              Definitely worth the money

              By Bill

              from Thousand oaks, California

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Bass Drum Platform:

              Definitely worth the money... I put this on my 18 inch bass drum and screwed down tight. The pedal still wobbles a little bit, but not bad. It really did change the sound of the drum - A much sharper attack sound. Also, getting the base off the floor gives it more residence. Good to have and since it is not permanently mounted to the drum shell, you can easily take it on and off depending on the gig.

               
              5.0

              My first dealings with Musician's Friend

              By drummer49

              from Sneads Ferry N.C.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

                Exactly what I wanted and service was outstanding!

                 
                4.0

                Good product overall

                By Chris in PA

                from Erie, PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Heavy Duty
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • A Bit Too Tall For A 20"

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

                I used this to lift a 20" Pearl kick drum. The goal was to get the pedal to hit in the sweet spot of the batter head. In its lowest setting, it lifted the batter side of the drum so high that the drum was not level - even with the kick legs extended to the max. I actually cut the Gibralter lift down by about 1/2". That was some work, but did the trick. I gave it a "good" rating, because I think the product is well-built overall and effective - especially if you have an 18" kick drum.

                 
                1.0

                Way too tall

                By Ed

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Functional
                  • Too Tall Does Not Work

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

                    I have an 18", and a 20" kick drum, this lift is way too tall for both, I would have to install longer spurs on both drums to make it functional. Poor design!

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    BD platform, query the use of

                    By drumsagogo

                    from Australia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

                    While I've had 18 BD before, I had't used a riser up until I recently bought a 18 x 14 acrylic BD. I eventually worked out how to set the cradle up so that my vintage Sonor sig series pedal could attach to it unencumbered so to speak. I also have a 20" BD so I thought 'great',I won't have to adjust the beater length between using BDs. But with the acrylic (its not RCI but Pansini, they're made in Australia and a bit thinner than the RCI shell), it really boomed (clear EMAD and Remo BD reso), strange for a 18 BD. I tried a few things finally taking away the riser, allowing most of the BD to be just off the floor. This reduced the boom considerably. My next step will be to install a coated EMAD. I like a dry flat sound on the BD so maybe having it off the floor a few inches was working against that sound. I don't mind adjusting the beater, can never set up the pedal so the beater hits dead centre anyway, on any drum, always a bit to left of the pad. So for me, probably not so useful but I'll hang on to it for awhile yet.

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