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The Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor attaches to the bottom of the front counter hoop to prevent the bass from slipping. Dual reversible tips....Read More

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The Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor attaches to the bottom of the front counter hoop to prevent the bass from slipping. Dual reversible tips.


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GibraltarBass Drum Anchor
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as intended-if you use it as such

One of my vintage bass drums has poor spur placement on the shell (too high) and the spurs barely reach the ground when fully extended. Even with a rack tom and a ride...Read complete review

One of my vintage bass drums has poor spur placement on the shell (too high) and the spurs barely reach the ground when fully extended. Even with a rack tom and a ride cymbal mounted on the bass drum, the bass still wobbled a bit. I tried a pedal with a solid plate, but that made it worse, as the pedal was "unforgiving" to the bass wobble and actually made it more unstable. So, I tried one of these. It really helps stabilize the bass drum and has a cool retro look to it (these were on virtually every 50's and 60's kit). It works as intended, but there are a few things to consider:
1. As far as it destroying your wood hoop-it will if you are constantly taking it on/off and have no protection. But, you can leave it on all the time (the drum still easily fits in the case with it on) and if you put a little bit of Dr. Scholl's Moleskin or Molefoam padding on the hoop where this device clamps down (both sides of hoop), it will protect your hoop and help it grip better too. You can make the pieces the same size as the clamping area, so the padding will not be seen, but the hoop is still protected. And once it's on, it's on, so you don't have to worry about the threads stripping from constant assembling/dis-assembling. It also doesn't have to be Superman tight. Makes sure it's firm, but don't over torque it.
2. I use the rubber tips down, which does leave the sharp points facing up. However, to remedy this I just found some rubber tips at a hardware store (like the kind that go over the "spring" doorstops) and that works fine to protect them. You can also file them down and/or cut them off if you don't need them. Pay close attention to where you are set up, as this thing can really do some damage on a floor, especially with the spikes down! Place something underneath it with adequate protection/thickness at all times to protect the floor underneath.
3. Finally, most modern bass drums have spurs positioned to help prevent forward movement of the bass drum, and as such the front end of the bass drum is usually lifted off the ground. If that's the case, then this won't work for you (not sure why you need it anyway). I prefer the front of my bass drum elevated from the floor a few inches, however on this particular vintage drum, that was impossible, so this little guy did the trick, not to lift it as much as to stabilize it. But if you're bass drum is already off the ground in the front, then this device will NOT work for you. Just something to keep in mind.

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Bass Drum Anchor

Cheap threads. Cheap wingnuts.
Gibraltar Drum Anchor. SC-4402 I've been playing vintage drums for over 36 years (pre 1970's). I like that sound. I've been using these anchors...Read complete review

Cheap threads. Cheap wingnuts.
Gibraltar Drum Anchor. SC-4402 I've been playing vintage drums for over 36 years (pre 1970's). I like that sound. I've been using these anchors since I think the early 90's. They work great. However they are made EXTREMELY cheap! The original ones were much better. Better metal. Much better wing nuts and threads. Then Gibraltar started cheaping out. I don't understand it. Everything else I've seen from Gibraltar is high quality. I buy these things 3 or 4 at a time because I never know when a thread is going to strip! Last night I had one just plain not holding itself together. And it was a pretty new one! Very frustrating. I don't play very hard. Not even close to Metal (not to put Metal down. Some of those guys are great). Blues, classic rock, acoustic duo, Jamband, singer/songwriter, Irish, etc. I wish Gibraltar would stop making these anchors so cheaply. PLEASE!!

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5.0

Anchors away

By Kyle

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Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

So far so good, but you have to have the bass drum sitting on the floor for these to work! It's not moving anymore, I use the claw ends into a carpet!

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5.0

Geat product, works Great!

By Fred

from Ludlow, Ky

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

      The Bass Drum stays put with this little beauty

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      5.0

      Works like it should , Vintage looks

      By bryan

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Looks cool on my Ludwigs
      • Works great.. digs in

      Cons

      • Non

      Best Uses

      • On stage (use rubbe tips)

      Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

      It works like a charm I use the points on carpet , and the rubber ends on wood and other protected stages or rooms

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works as intended-if you use it as such

      By Winged Wheel Watcher

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

          One of my vintage bass drums has poor spur placement on the shell (too high) and the spurs barely reach the ground when fully extended. Even with a rack tom and a ride cymbal mounted on the bass drum, the bass still wobbled a bit. I tried a pedal with a solid plate, but that made it worse, as the pedal was "unforgiving" to the bass wobble and actually made it more unstable. So, I tried one of these. It really helps stabilize the bass drum and has a cool retro look to it (these were on virtually every 50's and 60's kit). It works as intended, but there are a few things to consider:
          1. As far as it destroying your wood hoop-it will if you are constantly taking it on/off and have no protection. But, you can leave it on all the time (the drum still easily fits in the case with it on) and if you put a little bit of Dr. Scholl's Moleskin or Molefoam padding on the hoop where this device clamps down (both sides of hoop), it will protect your hoop and help it grip better too. You can make the pieces the same size as the clamping area, so the padding will not be seen, but the hoop is still protected. And once it's on, it's on, so you don't have to worry about the threads stripping from constant assembling/dis-assembling. It also doesn't have to be Superman tight. Makes sure it's firm, but don't over torque it.
          2. I use the rubber tips down, which does leave the sharp points facing up. However, to remedy this I just found some rubber tips at a hardware store (like the kind that go over the "spring" doorstops) and that works fine to protect them. You can also file them down and/or cut them off if you don't need them. Pay close attention to where you are set up, as this thing can really do some damage on a floor, especially with the spikes down! Place something underneath it with adequate protection/thickness at all times to protect the floor underneath.
          3. Finally, most modern bass drums have spurs positioned to help prevent forward movement of the bass drum, and as such the front end of the bass drum is usually lifted off the ground. If that's the case, then this won't work for you (not sure why you need it anyway). I prefer the front of my bass drum elevated from the floor a few inches, however on this particular vintage drum, that was impossible, so this little guy did the trick, not to lift it as much as to stabilize it. But if you're bass drum is already off the ground in the front, then this device will NOT work for you. Just something to keep in mind.

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          5.0

          Good product

          By kowen98

          from Newark, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

              My old "traditional" anchor broke, and finding someone to redo the spot welds seemed cost-ineffective. This one does the trick, well built, take it out of the package, put it on, your good to go.

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              4.0

              well made, but not what I needed

              By KudzuRunner

              from Oxford, MS

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

              I purchased this at the suggestion of a pro drummer who said it was what I needed to stabilize and immobilize my Farmer Double-Stomp bass drum. Unfortunately, the lower rim of the DS drum sits about an inch and a half off the ground, and this unit did not adjust for that. Once I clipped it to the drum rim, neither the spikes nor the rubber feet would reach to the ground. For my specfic purpose, in other words, it was completely useless--although very well made and quite useful for standard bass drums.

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              5.0

              this rocks!

              By musicman77

              from Cleveland, Oh

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

                I read some reviews that were not kind and hesitated at 1st. when I bought it I discovered that in the bad review the guy had it on upside down. after you get it on properly and centered it digs in and will hold a bass with no legs. and I'm a very heavy footed guy. this rocks

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                5.0

                Works great!

                By heyitsmejimjam

                from Iowa

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

                  I have a 20" kick drum and had to install this on the inside of the hoop. For someone who cant think for themselves, it should come with instructions.

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                  1.0

                  Bass Drum Anchor

                  By Jonathan Lichtig

                  from New Hartford, CT

                  Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

                  Cheap threads. Cheap wingnuts.
                  Gibraltar Drum Anchor. SC-4402 I've been playing vintage drums for over 36 years (pre 1970's). I like that sound. I've been using these anchors since I think the early 90's. They work great. However they are made EXTREMELY cheap! The original ones were much better. Better metal. Much better wing nuts and threads. Then Gibraltar started cheaping out. I don't understand it. Everything else I've seen from Gibraltar is high quality. I buy these things 3 or 4 at a time because I never know when a thread is going to strip! Last night I had one just plain not holding itself together. And it was a pretty new one! Very frustrating. I don't play very hard. Not even close to Metal (not to put Metal down. Some of those guys are great). Blues, classic rock, acoustic duo, Jamband, singer/songwriter, Irish, etc. I wish Gibraltar would stop making these anchors so cheaply. PLEASE!!

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                  4.0

                  It's alright...

                  By torncarpet

                  from Ottawa, ON

                  Comments about Gibraltar Bass Drum Anchor:

                  I bought this anchor today, and it's pretty much the only anchor on the market. I had to stop my bass drum from moving on my carpet. It works ver well. I've played drums for an hour and it still hadn't moved. The only thing that I do not like about this is that if you use the rubber instead of the spikes, you have 2 spears on your bass drum, the carpet can get wrecked and the wing nuts destroy your bass drum hoops. When I set it up, I was also confused with how to put it on.Overall, I say if you have a nasty carpet already, go ahead and buy this.

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