The Groove Warehouse stock a huge variety of drum hardware from leading brands including Drum Workshop DW, Pearl, Ludwig, Dixon, Gibraltar, DXP and more. We have cymbal stands, snare drum stands, hi-hat pedals, bass drum pedals including double bass drum pedals, drum thrones all at various prices to fit your budget. We specialise in hardware packs at a variety of budgets.
Traps, the term derived from contraptions best describes drum hardware. Just over one hundred years ago drummers began the process of trying to play more than one instrument at the same time. Economics forced band leaders to hire one drummer instead of three: Bass Drummer, Snare Drummer, Cymbal player. It was William F Ludwig that is credited for creating the first widely used metal bass drum pedal 1919 under the name Ludwig and Ludwig. This allowed the drummer to sit on a drum throne and play the bass drum with the foot. At the same time lightweight snare drum stands, as well as a wide variety of attachments for tom toms, cymbals, triangles, wood blocks etc. freely with their hands.
The Hi Hat pedal was born as the Charleston pedal, positioned the two cymbals on wooden footplates allowing the seated drummer to play bass drum, snare drum and cymbals independently or at the same time. This was soon followed by the Low Boy pedal and by the mid 1920’s the Hi-Hat pedal. The Groove Warehouse has a 1921 Leedy drum kit on display complete with hardware!Todays' drum hardware has come a long way.
You will require the following hardware components to get started: bass drum pedal, hi hat stand, snare drum stand, cymbal stands (usually one for the ride cymbal and one for the crash cymbal) and drum throne.
Hardware packs can save you money as all the items are bundled together in one box. Drumkit packages often include all the hardware you need to get started, although some do not include the drum throne. It is best to check each individual package as drum manufactures provide various options at different price points to adapt to your budget. Individual stands allow you the freedom to mix and match brands and specifications.
Single braced hardware, preferred by jazz drummers, usually provides ample support for your drums; however, if you are a heavy hitter, you may choose double braced hardware, preferred by rock and progressive drummers. Manufactures like Drum Workshop (DW) are now also making super light weight hardware as, after all, you do need to carry your components into your gig!
Bass Drum Pedals have come a long way in just over one hundred years. Look for name brands such as Ludwig, Pearl, DW, PDP, Gibraltar, Dixon, DXP, Trick, Mapex and more. Each company make bass drum pedals that range from super lite weight to very sturdy. Bass drum pedals may feature single or double chain drive, direct drive, strap drive. Most have a plate under the pedal to stabilize any extra movement.
Single bass drum pedals have always provided ample opportunity for drummers to perform most all popular music. The double bass drum, made popular by Louis Bellson (Jazz), Ginger Baker (Rock) set the stage for the left foot switching over, at times, from the hi-hat to a second bass drum creating a thunderous sound. Australian drummer Don Sleishman is credited with manufacturing the first double bass drum pedal in 1972. Double bass drum pedals allow the drummer to play everything they would play on two bass drums on a single bass drum. The Trick double bass drum pedal, and the DW 9000 Double bass drum pedal and the are considered some of the finest double pedals preferred by leading progressive rock drummers. The DXP double bass drum pedals and PDP direct drive single and double bass drum pedals provide great value for drummers starting to explore double kick.