RE­VIEW stagg 52 se­ries hard­ware

From £56.25 An im­pres­sive hard­ware range for the bud­get-con­scious drum­mer

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - Words: Tom Bradley

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.

Build

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"

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