REVIEW stagg 52 series hardware
From £56.25 An impressive hardware range for the budget-conscious drummer
Since 1995, Stagg has become the benchmark across the musical instrument market, particularly when it comes to affordable, quality entry-level gear. From kits and cymbals, to percussion and accessories, Stagg’s drum range is ever-growing and now includes this brand-new professional 52 Series hardware range.
The 52 Series encompasses a straight cymbal stand alongside a telescopic boom option, snare stand, hi-hat stand, single and double bass drum pedals and a drum throne. All stands have double-braced legs making them extra strong and all hardware is finished in glistening chrome.
Both cymbal stands incorporate three tubes (25, 22 and 19mm), which gives the straight stand a maximum height of 145cm and the boom stand 180cm. Both are sturdy and reassuringly weighty at 2.85kg and 3.35kg respectively, although still noticeably lighter than similar offerings from the likes of Tama or DW . Both stands feature an omni-directional tilter, which not only moves in the standard back and forward motion but can also spin on its axis through 360 degrees of adjustment. The boom arm can also be retracted into the stand for a compact pack-down or for use as a straight stand in tighter spaces.
The hi-hat stand features adjustable pedal tension via a notched plastic collar situated at the top of the spring. The pedalboard is brushed stainless steel mixed with black imprints that match both the single and double bass pedals. All pedals feature non-slip rubber pads and retractable spikes for extra grip on carpeted surfaces.
The bass pedals feature a steel base plate, which gives them a higher-end look and a sturdiness that belies the price. The double pedal comes with an extra spring assembly that can be used to convert the slave pedal into a secondary single pedal. This is a useful feature for double bass drum players who may switch between using one bass drum or two. The three legged throne has a 12.6" seat with a black vinyl covering, extra-wide leg base and oversized rubber feet. Rather than the notched system of entry-level thrones, the 52 Series base uses a threaded height
"The omni-directional tilter works well in practice and the single wing-nut enables the cymbal to be moved into any position quickly"