I recently started playing out more and I noticed right off the bat that a drum mat is an absolute required part of my kit. One session of stuff sliding all over the floor was enough for me.
I searched through the forums and found a lot of suggestions. However, most of them were buried in lengthy threads. And, only a few had the term drum rug or drum mat in the title.
Although, I enjoyed reading those threads, I thought I would make it a little easier for someone who didn't have that kind of extra time on their hands. Thus the title of this thread.
Many of the posts simply said, "Wal Mart", which is where this post is headed from my standpoint but it might be nice if anyone else wants to post their suggestions or solutions.
IMO most common rugs found at WalMart (or wherever) with a "jute" back are totally unacceptable. Not only do they slide too easily but they will definitely scratch a fine floor. They are also very bulky and heavy. Rubber backing was an absolute requirement in my selection.
A rubber "rug underlayment" would work with the jute backed rugs but, now we are carrying more stuff. I need to keep my kit light and small (read: old fart like me has to carry it).
Here's a link to the rug underlayment from Wal Mart. Not exactly cheap, either...
I looked at some of the commercial alternatives like the Protection Racket mat. At over $100 that's not for everyone. I would like to see one of these before I spend that much and no one seems to stock them. It's always special order or buy online.
eBay always has something to offer. This looks nice. At only $70 it might have possibilities. At least it's the proper size. 5 x 5 is perfect for a digital kit.
And, here's another approach. A separate small mat for each accessory. I don't think I would like this.
And, once again, I like to touch it and feel it before I buy it.
Roland offers their own mat but the cost is well over $100 retail. I don't know anyone who has actually owns one of these. If you own one, it would be nice for you to post your opinion as to whether it's worth it or not. Same thing with the Protection Racket mat (if anyone actually owns one).
I will eventually upgrade to one of the better mats but, for now, I followed the bulk of the suggestions and paid a visit to Wal Mart.
The only rug I found that fit my requirements was the one shown in the attached pictures. The size is 40" x 60", which is just a hair under perfect. The 40" depth is enough for all of the rack and most of my throne to set on it so it won't move. About 1 foot deeper and it would be perfect. However, the extra foot is more cosmetic than functional since the entire throne would fit [but doesn't need to].
Here is a link to purchasing it at WalMart.com... [Oops, sorry. Not available online] I'll attached a scan of the label showing the UPC code.
Also attached is a picture of the rug. Sitting on the rug is an MDS-12 rack. Please excuse the overcrowded picture. I am suffering from a severe case of GAS (Playing less than a year and I have acquired 5 kits and a decent recording studio) and the basement is getting a little crowded.
Still, you can see how the front vertical rack legs sit right near the edge of the rug with the side vertical legs having plenty of room. The kick and FD pedals fit nicely and the nap of the rug securely snags the "velcro" on the bottom of my KD-8.
A few more inches and the throne would completely fit but that's more cosmetic than functional.
It's very thin and I would pull my spikes before using it on a fine floor. I'll apply some black tape to mark the pedals and legs locations.
When I pack up the kit, I'll weigh the rug and post the weight. Very very light.
I'll be playing out with this mat on Sunday and Wednesday. I'll post how it holds up.