Nickelworks vs. Dunnett...

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They should interchange OK. The Dunnett has a slotted base, so you have some room for adjustment.
 

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They do interchange easily (I think Dunnett had that in mind when he designed it). I've replaced two nickels that came on drums with Gibraltar Dunnetts. They are very similar in design but I think the chrome looks much better than the chintzy plastic.

The Trick throw off will also interchange with either one. That's even cooler yet but more expensive.
 

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Awesome! Thanks for the info guys. The Nickelworks is fine, but I'm not crazy about the black plastic. I'm going to look into the Trick or Dunnett.
 

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I personally don't see the need in that large of an assembly... What drum is it going on? You can always get a presto plate and not have to compromise.
 

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ERWinner said:
I personally don't see the need in that large of an assembly... What drum is it going on? You can always get a presto plate and not have to compromise.

The Nickelworks is already installed on a 6.5 HardBop I just purchased. I'm not crazy about the Throw and would like to change it but NOT put any extra holes.
 

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agogobil said:
They should interchange OK. The Dunnett has a slotted base, so you have some room for adjustment.

Ditto.
 

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I,ve never broken a Nickel but lately a couple of them have been "acting up",and im getting nervous about it.I may change them to something else but it sure wouldn,t be a Dunett.Those things weigh a ton,are noisy and not well made at all.There are dozens of these things to choose from,like everything else in the drum world.
 

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I broke a Nickelworks on the first gig. That plastic is just not suitable. Ron Dunnett apears to have realized this as he has created a new strainer. I really like the new Gibralter/Dunnett Chrome strainer. It is befitting of the Dunnett drum I have.

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Sonorholic said:
You can also use the Taye or "Stealth" throwoff. I like it better than all of the aforementioned.

I tried one of those in between the nickel and the Dunnett, it fits okay and worked but you have to have everything just perfect for it to work and to still have any snare adjustment available. I eventually replaced it with the Dunnett and that seems to work just fine...at least that was my experience with these.



My drum is a Gretsch Custom 4 x 14 . Apparently the shell is too short for a lightning throw so Gretsch only offers the Nickel on it. I don't care for the Nickel and even tried to order the drum with no throw-off installed so I could put something else on it with no extra holes. Gretsch wouldn't do that so I was stuck with the Nickel, which I almost immediatly replaced with the Taye and then the Dunnett...maybe I'll try a Trick on it someday :)
 

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Yea, that's the one. I just use the throw side and keep the regular butt end. It's like a N &C throw, very simple, but it works for me.
 

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I personally like the RCK throw off by Drum Foundry
The dunnett is way too bulky and heavy for my taste
 

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I'd never seen that one...looks nice.
I might have to give one a try.

I certainly don't think that the Dunnett is the end-all-be-all of throws, just that it's better than the Nickel (IMO), was a direct bolt on replacement, and I could pick one up easily through any local Gibraltar dealer so that's what I ended up with. I have two and they have worked fine for me but I'm sure there are plenty of other options out there to explore. The Trick is certainly nice and if I remember right there a model from a company called Ego that looks interesting too. But, by virtue of the Gibraltar connection, the Dunnett is easier to aquire and cheaper as well.

The Taye is also a neat design and perhaps I didn't mess with it enough to get it set up right but I never got it to a point where I had much of any adjustment for the snare tension.

Of course your results may vary.... :)
 

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Taye throw-off all the way. An elegant, simple design that just plain works perfectly.

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