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TAMA PMD800SS Power Tower Drum Rack
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Tama's PMD800SS drum rack system features ergonomically curved stainless steel pipe which allows the most natural, optimal setup in a minimal amount ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Tama's PMD800SS drum rack system features ergonomically curved stainless steel pipe which allows the most natural, optimal setup in a minimal amount of space. Hardware includes super-stable, horizontal floor legs; 2 extension cymbal arms; and 2 tom adapters.
- Strong 38.1mm round tubing
- Accepts a wide range of optional attachments
- No space-consuming tripod bases
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I know that tama and pearl are considered some of the best hardware makers in the world, but I'm afraid pearl wins on this one, its no contest, this rack is fragile and slippy with its round tubing plain and simple, pearl hardwear is built like a tank compared to this stuff, if you want no slippage go with square tubing.
My main complaint is the quality of the die-cast clamps. I've broken 3 already! All 3 broke when setting up the rack (whatever you do---DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN these clamps!!!).Also, the hex-key nuts that are used to tighten the clamps are made from extremely soft metal and strip the 6-sided head too easily. Plus, it's nearly impossible to assemble this thing by yourself. The clamps are made so that it takes 2 hands to hold the bars together + another hand to tighten with the hex-wrench. That's one more hand than I have! I'm now looking at Gibraltar clamps to replace the "el-cheapo" ones that came with this rack.It's a shame Tama created a great rack design with such cheap and malfunctioning hardware. I wished for this rack and I got this rack. I should have wished for the Pearl Icon (square tubing with clamps built like a tank). Stay safe all. JC
This is a very sturdy rack system. The only thing is that you have to use an Allen Wrench to take it apart. So the more you take it apart, the screws will expand and your Allen Wrench will not fit anymore, which will cause you to buy another clamp every so often.
I have owned this rack along with the extension since 1990. When I purchased it, it was the only rack with curved bars and the only rack that allowed you to mount the horizontal bars at the same level due to the J10 clamps. I toured with this rack extensively from '90-2001 then again the whole year of 2003, and up to now the only thing that has broken was one of the J10 clamps in the first month. Tama promptly replaced it with no questions. I just walked into the music store where I bought it and after a quick call to Tama, I walked out with a brand new clamp.If you are stripping the allen heads, you are over tightening them, period. I mount everything including a 16 inch floor tom on this rack and I have NO slippage and have never stripped an allen head. If the rack bars get rust or dirt on them, all you have to do is hit them with an SOS pad and they look like new. There is no comparison between this rack and the Pearl rack. This one is far more adjustable and way easier to break down and transport. We used to build the whole rack including all drums and cymbals backstage/outside and the bass player and I would just lift the whole thing up and take onto the stage. I've tried that with the Pearl rack and due to the hinges, you usually end up bumping the toms and either scratching them or moving their mounts. I now run sound in a rock club (3 bands a night, every weekend) and the only racks that seem to hold up are the DW (not Pacific), Yamaha, and Tama. Gibraltar usually end up rusting and pitting after sitting out in the damp air or having a couple of beers and sweat poured on them.The rack, side extension and a couple of extra J24 clamps cost me about $650 in 1990 which is just about the same price as today. If you play hard and tour, buy this rack, it will not let you down. If you play in your bedroom and never move your equipment, then buy something cheap.
i definatly agree on the last two comments. . the problems with this rack are a many , i mean, i think anyone looking to buy this product would spend an extra $100 if tama would up the standards of the hardware it came with. .i think improovement is needed.
I think rack system is the best one out there, an you should egt it if your thinking of buying one.