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  • DrumFrame VX-1

    I got to check out the prototype for DrumFrame's budget model rack, the VX-1, yesterday, and let me tell you, the only differences between this rack and the custom V-2L rack is the price tag and it's land of origin, Taiwan. This puppy is solid as a rock and is said to hit the stores in late July/early August. It had been announced for April, but increased worldwide demand have forced them to delay shipping until Kaman has decent numbers on stock. No prices yet, but they're aiming at around $750 list.
    Some improvements have been made to the overall design, which, as far as I gathered will be introduced to the custom rack as well One, the basic platform where the pedals are mounted has been extended towards the back, giving a bit more foot room (DrumFrame will make custom width ones to accomodate setups with more than 4 pedals even on the VX-1).
    Two, due to the triangular shape of the rack pipes the normal and reverse rack clamps weren't interchangeable, now there will be a reversible rack clamp, which will fit on the custom model as well.
    Three, the custom KD-120 kick mount will no longer be custom, but a standard accessory. What you do is remove the legs from the pad, and replace them with holders which clamp on to the horizontal rack bar. Simple, and effective.
    Four, all parts of the VX-1 are interchangeable with the V-2L, so if you upgrade to a custom rack you don't have to get rid of all your clamps.
    For the acoustic guys, DrumFrame claims that your drums will sound bigger on this rack, due to what they call Shared Vibration Energy. It's true. I tried the VX-1 with a Noble & Cooley set with an 18" kick they had, and I swear, I thought I was playing a 22" kick, the drums sang, seemed to vibrate more clearly and resonate longer. Nice. The drums were, too. My next acoustics will be Noble & Cooley, no doubt about it.
    Oh yes, Bob Gatzen is so small, he could hide in a HipGig bass drum.

    If I didn't already have the custom rack I'd buy the VX-1 in a heartbeat, all the advantages of the DrumFrame design, non-slip (and I mean NON-SLIP!!!!) clamps, reclined seating position, stick impact absorbtion, relief of stress to the back and extremities etc. If they can meet that $750 goal, they'll have the best rack system on the market, with a street price of around $100 more than a full Gibraltar system. And it looks cool, too.

    Going back to the Shared Vibration Energy principle, strangely enough I have no crosstalk problems with my V's. None whatsoever. I remember when I upgraded to a Gibraltar rack... no, I don't want to think about it!

    Stu

    "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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    stu
    Thanks a million for the review. I requested info from Gibraltar and Drumframe and never heard. Now I know why and you answered all my questions and more.

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    • #3
      Cliff,
      if you asked Kaman for info, they don't have anything to send out yet. Best ask DrumFrame directly for a brochure at [email protected]

      For anyone in the New England area, you can try 'em out at Creative Music in Wethersfield, CT. DrumFrame and Creative Music are the same company. You'll also experience something very rare these days: nice salespeople.

      Stu
      "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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      • #4
        Stu,
        I went to the Drumframe site and clicked on the info e-mail and asked for a brochure or any info and never got any responce. After reading your review I now assume Drumframe has no concrete info yet.

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        • #5
          They don't have anything concrete about the VX-1 apart from the prototypes at the shop, but they can send you info and pricing for the V-2L rack.
          If they don't get back to you quickly they're probably busy with the preparations for the VX-1 launch. Normally I'd get an e-mail reply the next day at the latest.

          Stu
          "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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          • #6
            Stu,
            Thats what I figured as I requested info on the VX-1 about a month ago.
            Cliff

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            • #7
              For those of us who either don't want to spend a fortune on a rack system, or prefer a normal rack system, yet want the acoustic benefits for the bass drum:

              1. Get the DrumFrame bass drum attachment and mount it from a regular Gibraltar/Tama/Pearl rack.

              2. Get the bass drum attachment from www.mrpdrums.com
              "I'm not a guitarist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"

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              • #8
                You can also use the basic frame (bottom bit with the throne and the pedal wings) with any Gibraltar or Pearl rack, or with your stands, no prob. Makes more sense, cause you're benefitting more from the spinal support and will play more relaxed.

                Stu
                "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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                • #9
                  Know this is an old thread but is anyone using drumframe?


                  http://tinyurl.com/My-E-kit

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                  • #10
                    Drumframe has gone out of business, per se- they sold out to DW who are remaking them and releasing them some time, so I hear...

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                    • #11
                      I clicked on the link and arrived on the website of MRP Drums. The hardware seems to be the hardware you get these days with the Odery Privilege Series. So far, I am satisfied with it - OK, it's just the tomholders I use, but for the moment they are still fine.

                      BTW, anyone already tried those Odery Privilege Series out?


                      Stijn
                      'lectric drumma
                      Roland TD-20, Hart Dynamics 7.6, 2 x PD-7, extra PD-7 and Hart Snare laying around, Vic Firth Dave Weckl signature sticks, Axis A-longboards double pedal, Sony MDR-CD780 headphones and not enough inputs.

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                      • #12
                        If anyone in the UK is looking to buy a drumframe, I believe Arbiter drums have a new in box Drumframe EZ in stock, you have to order by contacting wembly drum centre, only £265- thats almost 75% off retail (£999). I just bought myself 2 of them, might have even grabbed up all the ones they had!

                        Just so you guys know, putting a time scale on things, I believe drumframe stopped in 2001...

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