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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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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.