Do long tension rods bend easily?

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Whenever I see drums with a single center lug and long tension rods that go to both heads, I expect them to easily get bent during handling. George Way drums, for example, look beautiful, but I am concerned about how often t-rods would get bent and need to be replaced.

From people who have owned sets like that and gig with them, what has your experience been? Are long t-rods more susceptible to damage?
 

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I played a few times in a rehearsal space with a Ludwig Club Date RI. There were very few of the bass drum t-rods that weren't bended. Mind you it was a rehearsal space!
 
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Whenever I see drums with a single center lug and long tension rods that go to both heads, I expect them to easily get bent during handling. George Way drums, for example, look beautiful, but I am concerned about how often t-rods would get bent and need to be replaced.

From people who have owned sets like that and gig with them, what has your experience been? Are long t-rods more susceptible to damage?
If you are thinking of buying I'd purchase spares- 2 or 3 rods - for each drum at the same time same length from the manufacturer
 

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I can only relate my experience from owning a few field drums with long rods. Yes, they will get bumped and knocked around. If I owned a Club-date type drum set, I would probably buy padded hard cases to transport them in.
I've found it quite easy to lightly tap them straight again with a hammer and a hard flat surface.
 

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It sounds like a beautiful George Way set with long t-rods should be thought of primarily for playing at home and not so much for gigging.
 

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then pipe yourself out to people and try and get $50.
silicone-based not carbon-based anymore ; )
 

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I have some Slingerland Stage Band drums. If they get bent, you can simply tap them back straight with a hammer.
 

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In a dozen years of moving Stage Band sets, I may have bent one bass rod. This would be stacking a 4pc, no cases, on a Roc N Roll cart, with hardware bag, cymbal bag, hi-hat and throne. Do I think about it? Yeah, before and during transport. And the no case issue? I’d much rather replace a rod than look at tears and creases to the interior of my car from cases.

Phil
 


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