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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....Click To Read More About This Product

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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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Improves sound (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (8)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (5)

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Fatally flawed

By Mike

from Santa Monica CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

This product is supposed to put the beater lower vertically. While it does this, it also puts it farther away from the head, because the part that the pedal clamps to sticks out farther from the plane of the head than the edge of the hoop.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Well

By Mark Wellman

from central Louisiana

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

My Gretsch 18" bass drum came with a lifter for the back so that the pedal will hit the drum in the middle. The supplied lifter did not seem that heavy duty, so I bought the Gibraltar. It is very heavy duty and holds up the drum very well. It is a very well thought-out device. I highly recommend one for small bass drums.
Adjustable
Solid
Does what it is supposed to very well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works perfectly

By Fischkaster

from Pacific Northwest

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

The only disadvantage is the bolts for the upper clamp are hexagonal. You need an Allen Wrench tighten them. (Bolts that fit a drum key would be a better option)
I bought this to convert an 18" Floor Tom to a kick drum.
This device does what it is supposed to do quite well. Heavy in construction, simple to use, adjustable. The upper clamp is padded, strong, and secure. Won't damage your Bass Drum hoop (I have a wooden hoop). My kick pedal mounts securely to the lower plate.
Functionality versus price-A great value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Schmitty48

By schmitty48

from California

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product overall, but needs design work

By Drum Nut

from Indiana

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for Gretsch 18

By Texas Big Beat

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

I bought one of these to replace the bass drum riser included with a Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz set's 18" bass drum. The Gretsch riser is kind of flimsy - this one from Gibraltar is a lot more substantial and stabilizes the bass drum very well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not enough BOOM in your 18? Get this...

By Seabass

from Wisconsin

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

I love having an 18" bass drum, but for some time have been missing the cannon-like attack that I've had in larger drums. I tried short-shaft beaters on my pedal, and that fixed the tone, but it screws up the feel so much that I returned to standard beaters. For some time, I've been wanting to get my bass drum elevated to get the beaters back into the center of the drum. None of the other products for this purpose (cradles, lifts) looked appealing. So when I saw this, I jumped at it, and the results are fantastic...exactly what was needed.The unit I received was actually a two-piece design where you can adjust the lift between 2 and 4 inches, which was a perk over the (pictured) non-adjustable unit. It also allowed me to adjust the position of the pedal mount by flipping the two plates. This kept the pedal in the same relative position so the beaters still hit the head squarely.The only thing that kept me from giving this a 10...the knobs to tighten the platform onto the hoop CAN be tightened by hand, but it's more beneficial to have an allen wrench. I'd prefer a no-tool design, or one that uses a drum key. But overall, this was the perfect part to accomplish what I needed. The BOOM is back! No reason to get a larger (and harder to transport) drum. :)

 
1.0

Completely overlooked this horrible feature

By Guy

from NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor design
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

      I don't know how they overlooked the fact that the 2 screws that help secure the riser to the drum protrude out past the padding and dig into the hoop of the drum. Thanks gibraltar for putting 2 big plus signs in my kick drum hoop!

       
      5.0

      How can one survive without without this?

      By Rastabilly

      from Rockport, MA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A must have for 18" or smaller kicks!
      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • And overall gigging.
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

        The bass drum sits higher off the floor, but it's a small price to pay for the ease of pedal action and the clarity of bass drum tone. Really, how can anyone, with an 18" kick or smaller, live without this?

         
        5.0

        works as it should

        By Mikey

        from Baja Arizona

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        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

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