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    Hello.

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a TD-30 kit. However, I'm thinking about buying each component individually to customize the setup a little, and If I could, I'd like to ask your recommendations for a rack. I thought I'd ask here because my requirements are putting me in a weird space. I don't much like the racks that come with the all-together kits (the MDS racks). I never thought they felt solid enough. Cheap even. Certainly not something I'd want to live with if it may be on the move for a long time with me. Although I have to admit my last experiences with owning them was the one that came with my old red V-Session kit, and I understand they've become much better to live with since. That rack left a rather bad taste in my mouth though. So, if I can and should avoid it, I will. The newer ones are now much more compact and it appears that it'd be hard to fit three 10" pads up front like I like without needing extra mounting arms at awkward angles, too . I thought I'd go for a Gibraltar or Yamaha hex rack, but many of them look unnecessarily large for an electronic pad set. I've never owned another rack before, not even with my acoustic kit I've had since the last Roland kit I mentioned. Can you help?

    Thank you.

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    Can't beat Gibraltar and all the tubes come curved or straight in various sizes . Don't be afraid of a clean used one and measure what pads sizes you will have and leave a couple of inches between pads and in from each end so you can add a splash or crash later if you want. What I did was by a Gibraltar starter rack used and as my kit grew , I bought some bigger tubes
    Last edited by hemiboy; 03-13-14, 09:21 PM.

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    • #3
      I highly recommend Gibraltar as well. I only wish I had taken time to plan exactly which components I needed instead of simply buying a complete rack. I ended up totally redoing it anyway so in the end I spent way more than I should have. Fortunately Gibby hardware is surprisingly affordable. It's great looking too.
      TD-30 module, PDP A2E (22, 16, 14, 12, 10), Quartz triggers,
      VH11 hi-hat, PD125 (snare), Roland cymbals, Peavey KB4 monitor, Audio-Technica ATH-M50
      Axis A21 Sabres, Axis A Longboards

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      • #4
        another hearty endorsement for Gibraltar. I bought my TD-20 set used, it came with the Gibby equipment. I've added and adapted as needed quite easily. It's solid and sturdy

        Lyle
        and the jukebox plays..... !! (the Nails - Home of the Brave )

        E-set : TDW-20, 2 up & 2 down, VH-12, 6 cymbals (5 CY14, 1 CY15), 2 Pintech Dingbats all on a Gibraltar rack, thru a Simmons DA200S
        VExpressions Gigging Kits & Top 50 Drummers #1

        A-set : 1968 Ludwig Hollywood in Burgundy Sparkle

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        • #5
          Awesome. Thanks guys. The Gibraltar 'Basic Curved' starter rack was indeed the one I had in mind first. The side wings look like they'd be long enough to hold a 12" floor tom pad and ride cymbal arm on the right with a little room to spare, no problem. How do you guys mount your modules? Looks like Gibraltar's SC-GPRMC clamp would fit Roland's module plate. Soon as these picky particulars are out of the way, new kit time!

          Thanks again.

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          • #6
            I guess you are going new?

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            • #7
              I use a Gibraltar rack with my Roland TD-30 / Pintech ConcertCast kit. The main horizontal tube has open ends through which I run the cables for tom #2, tom #3, crash #2, and the ride cymbal. It makes things much more neat and tidy. I own several more Gibraltar racks for my various acoustic kits and have always been very pleased.
              Roland TD-30, VH-13, 2 pcs CY-12c, Alesis DM Pro 14" three zone ride, Pintech Concertcast dual zone: 12" snare, 2 pcs 10" toms, 12" tom, 12" kick, Gibraltar rack, DW 9000 or Axis A pedal, Gibraltar HH stand, DW snare stand, DIY "Butkicker" style tactile transducer system using Aura shakers.

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              • #8
                Check my build thread (in my sig).

                The newest Roland rack is, in a word, excellent. And cost comparisons have been done over and over again...it isn't much more expensive than the gibby when you start to include the clamps, mounts, and especially the wire harness. Anyway, back to my build thread. I wanted three toms across the front, and it IS possible on the roland rack. I did it. But then I swapped just that one bar (for something like $20) for a long gibby bar, and now the rack is effectively perfect (and huge). If you are thinking of the TD-30KV, don't let the rack hold you back.
                eKit (TD-30KV): http://www.vdrums.com/forum/performa...y-s-drums-td39
                aKit: (Tama Starclassic): http://www.vdrums.com/forum/acoustic...ma-starclassic
                TD30Browser: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/general/...4-td30-browser

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                • #9
                  kgoroway, could you provide a little more detail about your rack adjustment. Details man, details.

                  Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    +1 for gibraltar racks but Im aurprised no one has mentioned buying Dixon rack tubes as they are identical and are a bot cheaper too. I have a mixture of gibby and dixon tubes in my custom rack.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Macarina View Post
                      kgoroway, could you provide a little more detail about your rack adjustment. Details man, details.

                      Thanks.
                      It's all posted in excruciating detail in my build thread, with TONS of pictures. See the link in my sig, or, if you don't have signatures turn on for this forum...go here:
                      http://vdrums.com/forum/showthread.p...s-drums-(TD39-)
                      eKit (TD-30KV): http://www.vdrums.com/forum/performa...y-s-drums-td39
                      aKit: (Tama Starclassic): http://www.vdrums.com/forum/acoustic...ma-starclassic
                      TD30Browser: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/general/...4-td30-browser

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