Titan 1000 Series Drum Rack Reviews 4

I have been playing the drums for about ten years now (although it might not always sound like it ;) and I like to play rock, latin grooves, renaissance-y music, and some other styles as well. I am also in a band, Novus Cantus, which is ironically, why I needed to purchase a drum rack!!

After years of adding random drums from random companies to my drum set, the overall appearance of my kit had become a bit convaluted and needed to be tamed...hence, a drum rack was the solution. I ordered the Titan series drum rack on Ebay for about $183.00 with shipping.

There are several likes about this drum rack. First of all, it looks fantastic: Chrome in great shape, very profesional looking black clamps, etc. Also, the equipment is very, for lack of a better term, "hardy", or if you prefer, "beefy". Obviously what I am trying to say is that it appears as though a sledge hammer would have difficulty knocking it over. Lastly, it is noticeably wide (includes two 24" tubes as arms and a center 30" tube)and includes a wide array of clamps and accessories, such as two cymbal arms...which weren't even included in the Ebay description (SHhhhh)

Having said all those wonderful things, there are definately some flaws...but do not fear, basically all of the cons have to do with the "putting together" process. First off, the clamps, though husky, tend to begin squeaking after having to untighten and re-apply after making a few mistakes (AND YES, YOU WILL MAKE A MISTAKE WHEN PUTTING THIS BEAST TOGETHER). This, however, is fixable with, well, you guessed it, grease/WD-40. By the way, this is not necessarily a performance issue as much as it is a sanity issue. Keeping the screws well greased will simply help in adjustments. In addition to sqeaky things, the most insanely frustrating downfall of the rack is the fact that the tubing clamps (which hold the framework together), especially on the arms, will slip when you put a drum on it...and not even a heavy drum. I was going to see if it could hold a tambourine, but decided against it upon the conclusion that it would probably result in me crying. BUT ALAS, there is a cure for this too, and its name is rubber. Go out and get yourself SEVERAL (i.e. 10 or so) nice thick and grippy rubber bands, put them in the joints and tighten the heck out of 'em. Also, a little more minor a problem, I was hoping the rack to be a little taller. I am about 6'2" and sit pretty high, so I like the drums to be pretty high too. The rack goes to about 38" - 42" depending on how much you tweak it. Ok, one more thing, there are no instructions. (What an adventure!!)

Quality in terms of parts is honestly quite good. Although it may have souded as though I hated it, it really looks great, and you can't beat the price for something new and unscathed. It just needs a couple modifications.

It will take you about three hours to put this baby together in a configuration you are totally satisfied with, but after all the pain and anguish we drummers are ALWAYS put through, I think its a pretty good deal. If you see a drum rack that includes all of the pros without the cons for a reasonable price, go for it. But if you wanna save some money and are handy enough to do couple of minor modifications, by all means enjoy the titan 1000 series. Just remember before buying this drum rack: 1)Get some thick (maybe .15 inch?) rubber bands for the joints. (I would honestly do this for just about any drum rack) 2)Have some grease handy for the tightening bolts. 3)Take your time when constructing!!!

BadPanda rated this unit 4 on 2007-07-19.

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