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- Oct 17, 2013
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- Healdsburg, Corte Madera CA
Mike, very cool redesign of the Axis basket! The rotating center hub allowing the arms to adjust for diameter is equally clever to the telescoping arms of the Axis, but probably more user friendly and quick to set up.
If you have a pic of the contraption flipped over, I'd like to see what's in between the arms and the hoop of a drum. The lack of isolating material or design on the Axis at that point was why I threw a Gauger flex frame in the basket, and it worked admirably.
The only other question I have is about the length of the handle on the lever. It looks too long in the pics, although I realize it could be a spring-loaded release that allows repositioning the handle after tightening (like on dw cymbal stands). The first thought that came to mind was to replace the handle with a socket hole for an L wrench. Then, the handle can never touch the drum.
If I'd seen this design from Axis or anyone else, I probably would've bought it like I bought the Axis, maybe even favoring this one.
Hello Cauldronics -
Thanks for the comments! I do not have a pic of "the contraption" from topside readily to hand, but I will tell you that isolation at those three small contact points was not a consideration. The hoop sits on thin ribbed neoprene pieces cut out of sheet purchased at the local hardware store, mainly to avoid metal-on-metal contact. The arms have short vertical stanchions which are basically crutch tip rubbers with an aluminum rod in the center - again, isolation not a priority for me. I use these baskets on snare drums; not much of a fan of basket-mounted toms, because I'm a top-of-bass-drum-mount Luddite ..... sorry! I just made these baskets because I thought the adjustment on the stock Axis basket was pretty fiddly ...... and I agree that the use of Delrin (a hard plastic) for the uprights just made getting a good fit even more difficult. I also just let my snare "sit" in the basket; I don't always leave in on the drum the way the Axis design intended. And I balked at the idea of buying multiple Axis baskets for every one of my snares ....... I have a few ...... !!
As for the "lever" and its handle: this is indeed a "Kipp" handle, common in the machinist world, with a spring-loaded re-positioning lever. DW used this design very successfully, in my view ..... and probably incurred quite an increase in cost of manufacturing to do so. But in my device, all this lever does is lock the center of the basket to the top of the Axis Vortex snare stand base. It is true that the length of the lever would allow it to contact the bottom head, but it only has to rotate through 90 degrees or so once it is set up to lock the basket in place.
Probably not for everyone ...... just like all of my "innovations"!