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  • Upgrading from MDS-3C stand to?

    Hi all...so, question for you folks. I have an MDS-3C stand, which has a PD-125 for the snare and 3 PD-85's for the toms. Cymbals are the standard CY-8. A VH-11 Hi-Hat upgrade is coming on a separate stand.

    The MDS-3C feels kind of cramped, so I'm thinking about upgrading to an MDS-9 or MDS-12. Size is a bit of a concern in my apartment so I don't want to work my way up to the MDS-20.

    Do the MDS-9 or 12 provide a good, but not excessive, amount of extra room? Also, would it be perhaps a better option to get a different stand altogether...maybe something by Pearl?

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    The MDS-9 will be a little more compact (and cheaper). Has that new hardware too. The MDS-12 has the cords running in the tubes which is nice (but a lot more expensive). For a small setup I'd probably go with an MDS-9.

    Right now I'm converting some old MDS-6 parts and a cymbal boom rack with a Pearl thingy that attaches two tom mounts and another cymbal mount to make a small portable 5-piece kit for church gigs. Too much time to take the whole Drumzilla rig and it is mucho overkill for what I do at church.

    I'll post pictures when I'm done in the Showcase section.
    Frequent GAS Sufferer


    TD-9, RMP-12, RMP-5 & SonicCell on Gibraltar Quad Stands.

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      rkuo's post raises a question that's been banging around in my head. Are all these racks the same diameter tubing? In other words will my TD3 clamps work on any Roland or aftermarket rack I purchase? Thanks.
      TD9 Frankenkit

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      • #4
        I went from a MDS-3C to a S/H MDS-12....Fantastic upgrade! More room, less cable clutter and more robust...which probably means better triggering...

        When I had my PD-125 mounted on my MDS-3 it did not feel right - putting it on a separate stand improved the feel and triggering a lot
        Damian Blunt
        Toontrack Quality Assurance Manager
        TD-20 RMP-12 (Snare) PD-125, 2 x PD-105, 1 x KD-120, VH-12, CY-15R, CY-14, CY-12R/C, 2 x CY-8, CY-5, MDS-12C

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chiphead View Post
          rkuo's post raises a question that's been banging around in my head. Are all these racks the same diameter tubing? In other words will my TD3 clamps work on any Roland or aftermarket rack I purchase? Thanks.
          For the most part, yes, the tubes are a standard 1.5". On the MDS-12, however, the vertical tubes are 1.75". The legs have adjustable height, so they have to go in something wider than 1.5". All the horizontal bars are still 1.5"

          I would agree the MDS-12 sounds like your best bet. But the MDS-12 is not that much bigger. Most of the difference is in the adjustability of the legs and it has two more cables running through it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
            But the MDS-12 ... has two more cables running through it.
            Two more than what?

            Bruce

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