Drum Thrones Must Not Be Overlooked

The drum throne is the stool the drummer sits on while playing the drums. For many beginner drummers the drum throne is an afterthought, but it is actually a very important part of the set. The importance of a good drum throne is often marginalized because many starter and advanced drum kits already include a throne. But the truth is that most drum thrones that come with the kits are of low quality. They are flimsy, unstable, and uncomfortable.

You do not need to spend too much on a throne, but be sure to get something comfortable and stable, and it will make a big difference. A drum throne should have a sturdy and wide base. If you play with an unstable throne, not only do you risk finding yourself on the floor, but you’d also get tired more quickly from using your core muscles for stability. A steady throne is particularly important for doing leg work.

With a little more to spend, ergonomic bicycle seat shaped thrones will keep you more comfortable. A backrest is also something to consider, although not a must.

When adjusting the height of the throne, conventional wisdom dictates that your knees should be level, or slightly below your thighs. If you set the throne too low, you’ll needlessly strain your muscles when lifting your legs up, and if you set it too high, then you’ll have less power to push the pedals. Either way, you should do what’s ultimately most comfortable for you. Many drummers get away with setting their thrones ridiculously high or ridiculously low, but you should at least be aware of what’s “proper”.

If you’re looking for a throne for a junior drum set, be sure to consider a junior drum throne. Regular thrones are too high for small kids even at their lowest setting. CB Drums makes a very popular junior drum throne, the JRX08.

For your reference, brand names of drum thrones include Gibraltar, Dixon, CB Drums, Drum Workshop, Jamm, Ludwig, Pearl, Premier, Roc-N-Soc, Sunlite, Tama, Verve, and Yamaha.


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