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Gibraltar R Class E Drum Key  Metal

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The E of the R-Class E Drum Key by Gibraltar stands for ergonomic. And for eccentric. This perfectly balanced drum key allows for faster rod removal ...Click To Read More About This Product


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A drum key made to fit your hand as well as your tension rods.

The E of the R-Class E Drum Key by Gibraltar stands for ergonomic. And for eccentric. This perfectly balanced drum key allows for faster rod removal or replacement and offers extra leverage when required. Can be made to fit left or right hand. Available in heavy die cast or lightweight styrene.

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GibraltarR Class E Drum Key

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A little underthought

By Eden

from Austin, TX

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    Comments about Gibraltar R Class E Drum Key:

    The handle is indeed nonsymmetrical, thus the grip differs whether you're right- or left-handed and whether you're tightening or loosening. I purchased the metal version. It's a fine key, and it does feel nice in the hand, but the other big issue with the design for me is that the actual drum key bit is not stable. It's supposed to be removable and usable as a drill bit, but they attached it by threads. Why?? Since you're also tightening something with threads, the center bit starts tight in there but inevitably loosens and gets a ton of play in it. It may not be a huge issue but it's distracting to me, and also a bit absurd that it wouldn't be attached by an easier system that actually locks. I've gone back to using my DW and Tama keys.

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    Good design, a couple flaws.

    By Dilbertfan1

    from Bellevue, WA

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    • Easy To Use
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      Comments about Gibraltar R Class E Drum Key:

      If I had not been skeptical of the durability of the plastic version of this key I would have purchased it instead. The trade off is that this key is large and heavy. Easy to grip and lots of leverage for tensioning, hence the "ergonomic" part of its name. However, even though the key is "reversible" the "ergonomic" design has a flaw. When set up for a right handed person it is ergonomic for tensioning, not loosening. When you reverse the chuck for a lefty, the key is ergonomic for loosening, not tensioning. I suppose if you're strictly using your left hand to remove drumheads and your right hand to install them, it is the perfect key. For clarification, here is why it doesn't work: when you tension a drumhead with a key in your right hand, your thumb is in front and your fingers pull, in a clockwise motion. When you tune with your left hand, your fingers are in front and your thumb is in back to rotate the key clockwise. For the cost involved vs the simple design flaw, I cannot recommend this key as being better than a regular key.

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