The hardware is the term that encompasses all the mechanical, which are these rods of the battery or pedals. Their main purpose is to hold plates, toms, timpani and to allow the sound of the case and hi-hat.
The rods can be of various sizes ( diameter ), generally, they have a base formed by a tripod and two or three telescopic tubes. At the end of the upper tube there is an adjustable mechanism that houses the plate. The straight rod adjusts in height and allows only to adjust the inclination of the plate.
If you want to have more adjustments and freedom of movement, you can use the giraffe auction, which maintains all the features of the straight rod, adding the possibility of bringing the pact within the drum set as you like. Usually a little more expensive than a single auction of the same diameter, it is however very easy to find them for a few tens of euros.
We’ve talked about the rods for the dishes and how the dishes are mounted in detail in this other post.
The snare drum, as the name suggests, supports the snare drum. Formed by a tripod and with a height adjustment, in the end it has three arms where the snare drum is housed. The arms are closable and adjustable depending on the size. Apart from the cheaper models, it usually allows the adjustment of the inclination, through various methods, or gear wheels or spheres.
My advice is not to take the cheaper support, as an unstable snare can cause problems when you play. If you find a lot of fantastic ones spending a few tens of euros. Also, consider the purchase of a used one, these supports if kept well are immortal and can last many years.
THE CHARLESTON AUCTION (HI-HAT)
Among the battery rods, the hi-hat rod is the most complex from the constructive point of view and serves to house the two plates and move them using the foot. These rods can be of various sizes and with different types of adjustments. The cheaper ones only allow height adjustment, while the more professional models allow you to adjust the fluidity, the inclination of the plates and the legs, thus allowing the combination of the double pedal. For this purpose some manufacturers instead of the usual tripod only make two, so you have more freedom of movement.
“The use of the hi-hat is very undervalued by beginners,
it’s amazing how many things you can do by learning to use it “
Thanks to a pedal mechanism that allows the performer to lift the upper plate from the lower plate separating them, the sound nuances that can be obtained are many. When you reach a slightly more advanced level , having a good hi-hat auction allows you to be able to “play” and experiment with sounds that go beyond the classic ” open-closed ” positions, but you can have all the intermediate shades and even use the foot-splashes effect, which is achieved by hitting the two plates together with the pedal and immediately raising the foot, leaving the plates free to vibrate.
On the rod of the hi-hat are positioned two opposing plates, the lower is called a bottom , usually heavier while the upper top, usually more lightweight. Of course today we also use two bottom or two tops, even some famous brands sell pairs of Charleston cymbals from two different series.
The hi-hat support holding the upper plate can create difficulties the first time it is used. It unscrews the lower nut, removes one of the two pads and inserts the plate with the concavity facing downwards. Then put back the felt and the nut and put it all in the auction.
At this point press the pedal a little, say around 3-4 cm and turn the butterfly key until it is fixed to the rod. Now you can leave the pedal and the pair of plates will be detached from each other. Now playing with the pressure of the foot and hitting the pair of plates with the sticks you can get endless nuances of sound.