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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
 
3.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7)

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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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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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.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BEATER DISTANCE!!! READ

            By ZWO21

            from NC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Beater Distance Read
            • Easy To Use
            • Erly
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • If You Leave The Bass Dru
            • Improves Sound
            • May Not Hit The Drum Prop
            • M Level Then Your Beater
            • The Bass Drum Back
            • Works Great If You Tilt

            Cons

            • Erly If You Don't Tilt Yo
            • Ngle
            • That It May Not Work Prop
            • Ur Bass Drum Back At An A

            Best Uses

            • To Raise Your Bass Drum

            Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

            MANY HAVE COMPLAINED IN OTHER POSTS THAT THE BEATER HAS TO OVER EXTEND TO REACH THE HEAK. WHEN USING A RISER, YOU HAVE TO TILT THE BASS DRUM BACK...I.E. MAKING THE FRONT HIGHER THAN THE BATTER SIDE. THIS WILL BRING THE HEAD BACK TOWARD THE BEATER SO THAT THE BEATER DOESN'T HAVE TO OVER EXTEND. IF YOU TRY TO LEAVE THE DRUM LEVEL, THE BEATER WILL OVER EXTEND. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THIS, THEN YOU SHOULD NOTCH THE BATTER SIDE RIM SO THAT THE BEATER CAN REACH THE HEAD.

             
            1.0

            Horrible design

            By drummer

            from san jose, ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • It Was Free With My Kit

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Not Functional
            • Poor Quality
            • Simply Doesn't Work
            • Simply Does Not Work

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Platform:

              This product was free with my Gretsch Catalina Jazz kit. I have only tried it with one kick pedal so the problem is either my pedal or it is a horrible design. I believe it is a poor design because I use a standard pedal so it should work on this universal riser. First off the part that attaches to the bass drum isn't padded. There are pads there but the screws protrude out so it is really the head of a screw that is securing the riser to the hoop. Secondly when I used it as it came, the pedal ended up much too far from the head, so before the beater would hit the head, the pedal would run into the wing screw on the bottom of the pedal. Then I switched it to bring the beater closer and the pedal chain then begun to rub against the bass drum hoop as it was too close. I don't see how it could be anything other than a terrible design.

              (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.

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