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Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System 

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This low-mass Universal Suspension Mount System comes with hardware that fits 8", 10", 12", 13", and 14" tom drums. It features moveable tension rod...Click To Read More About This Product

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Suspend your tom for better resonance.

This low-mass Universal Suspension Mount System comes with hardware that fits 8", 10", 12", 13", and 14" tom drums. It features moveable tension rod that mounts with drum key locks. It also has a rubber guard to protect your drum.


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GibraltarUniversal Tom Drum Suspension System
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Good quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Practicing (4)
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For the money you cannot beat it

I have a 80s Yamaha 12x12 tom that I wanted to convert to a floor tom. After being inspired by how Mapex used to use a rims mount of sorts on their Orion series...Read complete review

I have a 80s Yamaha 12x12 tom that I wanted to convert to a floor tom. After being inspired by how Mapex used to use a rims mount of sorts on their Orion series floor tom I decided to use this three of these mounts to turn my tom info a floor tom. All I had to do was flip everything upside down and I have to say it works pretty well. I didn't want to drill into the shell so this was pretty much my only option for putting legs on it. The only thing that I do not care for is how the mounts will flare out. Since I have the mounts on the bottom of the drum, the mounts like to flare out and I have to push them in. It's not a big deal and I don't know it I'm even wording that right, but it gets the job done. I ended up putting DW TB12 brackets with their aluminum legs and I am pretty happy. I do wish that another rubber gasket was included to cover the other holes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Works okay, but there are drawbacks

Overall, it's a decent product but could be designed a lot better. I like the "low mass" part of it, it only runs between two lugs (instead of four)...Read complete review

Overall, it's a decent product but could be designed a lot better. I like the "low mass" part of it, it only runs between two lugs (instead of four) and lets more of the shell show. However, the bulkiness and higher profile (away from the shell) outweighs any benefit of the "low mass" feature. Also, because of the "play" I mentoned earlier, it is nearly impossible to adjust your tom mounted with one of these if it uses an L-arm on a ball and socket. You hold the drum, adjust the ball and socket, tighten the ball and socket, let the drum go, and it easily sags another inch or so after you let the drum go (because of the non-rigidity of the mount). Very frustrating! I would stick with the standard, specific sized suspenion mounts. There is a reason they have been around with very little design changes for 25 plus years now.
These mounts work reasonably average. It's basically the same mounting plate as the regular Gibraltar suspension mounts that are sized to the specific drum. Because of the adjustability of the "sliding rails" though, the rail and "ears" sit further away from the shell than a standard suspension mount. This makes it bulkier and more cumbersome to position around the kit, and harder to get into cases too. This is especially troublesome when you have two bass drum mounted rack toms that you want to get close together. It won't happen with these! I even cut the extra length off the "rails" that I didn't need on both mounts, and my toms were still further apart then I wanted them to be, because any closer and the "ears" would have hit each other. I switched to regular suspenion mounts and was able to get the toms closer together because of their "lower" profile, even though the there was more metal wrapped further around the shell. I also noticed the standard suspenion mounts have less "play" and were stiffer and not as bouncy when trying to mount the drum on the arm.

The rubber guard is necessary, without it the inside of the mounting plate would hit your drum. You can always put a small piece of self-adhesive felt on your drum shell where the rubber guard goes, to protect it over time. They include an acorn nut to attach the rubber guard. You can't get it tight enough! I swapped it out for a stop nut, which I know will stay tight.

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3.0

Not the best but functional

By Guy

from Bend Oregon

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

    The hoops on the bracket for the tension rods on drum don't totally secure the drum to the mounting system. It's always a little loose. It still functions ok.

     
    5.0

    Excellent, worry free design and contruction. Will purchasev

    By Kyle

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

    Put these on a 69/70 Rogers drum kit for the rack toms to attach to a PDP rack. No drilling, just heavy duty suspension mounts. Easy to assemble and strong, durable construction

     
    4.0

    For the money you cannot beat it

    By AndyG

    from California

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • No rubber gasket to cover the holes

    Best Uses

    • Converting a rack tom to a floor tom

    Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

    I have a 80s Yamaha 12x12 tom that I wanted to convert to a floor tom. After being inspired by how Mapex used to use a rims mount of sorts on their Orion series floor tom I decided to use this three of these mounts to turn my tom info a floor tom. All I had to do was flip everything upside down and I have to say it works pretty well. I didn't want to drill into the shell so this was pretty much my only option for putting legs on it. The only thing that I do not care for is how the mounts will flare out. Since I have the mounts on the bottom of the drum, the mounts like to flare out and I have to push them in. It's not a big deal and I don't know it I'm even wording that right, but it gets the job done. I ended up putting DW TB12 brackets with their aluminum legs and I am pretty happy. I do wish that another rubber gasket was included to cover the other holes.

     
    1.0

    re design and it'll be perfect

    By stumpy

    from co

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      Cons

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        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

        make the rubber cork vertically adjustable for node placement so the mount helps the drum resonate; drum is muted as it is. Would be easy enough to hack saw and deburr a channel for the rubber cork bolt to slide ... and gently hammer the bracket and rails to custom fit sizes but how much time and effort do I have to modify this product ... design needs fine tuning at the factory. Otherwise, the bracket lends a nice clean look to the instrument. Great improvement for set-up ergonomics. These 2 tweaks would take this gear to "form and function" excellence.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        tour quality

        By mickey tucson

        from tombstone az.

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Solid

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          some other reviews are from novice drummers.. I tour 9 months a year,about 100 concerts. My drums are huge concert toms,up to 16 inch.These are the only mounts strong enough to hold them. Great for heavy Rock. Hit em hard.....they love it

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good idea - Bad execution

          By ChipKid

          from Quad Cities, IA

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          I got two of these for an old Tama kit I used to play. When the isolation mounts became the new standard, I felt like I was sacrificing sound quality by having my brackets mounted directly to my toms. this product works okay for what it is, but I feel it is more of a hastle than it is worth.

          It does isolate your drum a little, but there's a problem with how they do it. It mounts to two rods, rather than four. Some people like that. I don't. That way, all the stress and weight of the drum is concentrated in two small areas. As well as that, only mounting to two rods, it necessitates the use of a rubber bumper to keep the drum stable, which in turn, kind of defeats the purpose of the isolation.

          Overall, it is what it is. A cheap, universal isolation mount. It's nice to have one or two laying around here and there to experiment, or in case another mount breaks, but that's the only time I would use these, anymore.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Works okay, but there are drawbacks

          By Winged Wheel Watcher

          from Ann Arbor, MI

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          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          Overall, it's a decent product but could be designed a lot better. I like the "low mass" part of it, it only runs between two lugs (instead of four) and lets more of the shell show. However, the bulkiness and higher profile (away from the shell) outweighs any benefit of the "low mass" feature. Also, because of the "play" I mentoned earlier, it is nearly impossible to adjust your tom mounted with one of these if it uses an L-arm on a ball and socket. You hold the drum, adjust the ball and socket, tighten the ball and socket, let the drum go, and it easily sags another inch or so after you let the drum go (because of the non-rigidity of the mount). Very frustrating! I would stick with the standard, specific sized suspenion mounts. There is a reason they have been around with very little design changes for 25 plus years now.
          These mounts work reasonably average. It's basically the same mounting plate as the regular Gibraltar suspension mounts that are sized to the specific drum. Because of the adjustability of the "sliding rails" though, the rail and "ears" sit further away from the shell than a standard suspension mount. This makes it bulkier and more cumbersome to position around the kit, and harder to get into cases too. This is especially troublesome when you have two bass drum mounted rack toms that you want to get close together. It won't happen with these! I even cut the extra length off the "rails" that I didn't need on both mounts, and my toms were still further apart then I wanted them to be, because any closer and the "ears" would have hit each other. I switched to regular suspenion mounts and was able to get the toms closer together because of their "lower" profile, even though the there was more metal wrapped further around the shell. I also noticed the standard suspenion mounts have less "play" and were stiffer and not as bouncy when trying to mount the drum on the arm.

          The rubber guard is necessary, without it the inside of the mounting plate would hit your drum. You can always put a small piece of self-adhesive felt on your drum shell where the rubber guard goes, to protect it over time. They include an acorn nut to attach the rubber guard. You can't get it tight enough! I swapped it out for a stop nut, which I know will stay tight.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Avoid This at All Costs

          By Mark Wellman

          from central Louisiana

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          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          This is the tom mount that came on my Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz kit. The 12" tom is mounted on one of these. I REALLY do not like it. I have considered taking the Gretsch tom bracket off of it and mounting it on the drum. It is a total pain to use. The rubber thing makes marks on the drum. It just flops around too much for me. I wish I could use a Pearl Optimount on it, but small Gretsch toms have only five lugs.

           
          4.0

          Works Good, but does not work well with the Gibraltar L-Rod Chrome Tom Mount

          By Fawfamily

          from South Georgia

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          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          Despite the problem I had, once installed it works as expected.
          Fits the sizes its states via tom head mount screws by sliding to fit. Kind of bulky, but made well.
          Good metal, looks to last a lifetime Gibraltar L-Rod Chrome Tom Mount with Memory Lock
          For what it is," it does the job for a better price than any other thing I could find. But I took off stars because I purchased a ""Gibraltar"" Tom Mount to use with this ""Gibraltar"" product and while it fits"," the ""Gibraltar"" screws were too long which caused them not to tighten properly and because of the design I could not just add a washer easily. Come on Gibraltar", make sure your products mess. I broke a screw head trying to get them tight and had to go to a hardware store and buy new screws and drill out the broken on AND use a Tap and Die set to re-drill the hole...what a hassel (You have been warned)

           
          5.0

          Perfect for Hyperdrive or Short Stacks

          By Pilot19

          from San Diego, CA

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          Comments about Gibraltar Universal Tom Drum Suspension System:

          I had 3 drums custom made for me. A 5.5x8, a 5.5x10 and a 5.5x12 made from acrylic. These mounts work extremely well. The tip of the rubber guard fit perfectly into the groove of the bottom hoop. The only issue is that the end of the support are made to fit 8 through 14 inch so they are not bent for any individual drum. This makes the ends stick out on some sizes. If you know how to bend metal without breaking it, then you can fix this issue as well. I also use RIMS type of suspension mounts, and these mounts are well worth the money.

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