Rack owners stage question

KeithNYC1

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For those of you that own a rack for your drums, how do you get them on and off stage if you are not the only band, without help from band mates?
I'm wondering if putting a temp caster under one leg support to roll them on stage might work?
Thoughts?
Please don’t think about rolling anything on stage! You are asking for an accident, and there will never be room. I’m guessing from your question that you don’t have much experience playing out? I wouldn’t worry too much. Hard shell cases will your kit and make setup and breakdown much much easier.
without knowing your setup- I always liked pearl racks, they easily collapsethat collapse, and are not too expensive.
 

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My idea is to have my rack folded with 1 wheel on one leg. Roll it out on stage and attache toms & cymbals. I will ask the other members of the band if there were backline equipment last time they played with multiple bands. I have no problem playing acoustic if its there. No, its been awhile since I've played since I've played out especially in a multi-band situation. I'm used to being the only band for the night.
What were you trying to say about the hard shell cases?
 

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I made this rack system which rolls through an average door, rolls right into my trailer, then rolls right up on stage, all without removing the drums and cymbals.
 

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Just from my experience, I can count the number of stages where there was room to do this on 2 hands. And the ones with stages where there was room to do this while other bands were playing can be counted on 1 hand.

I've found racks to be (much) more trouble than they're worth on any multi-band bills. Especially since you're already throwing a wrench into the system by not playing the existing kit that's set up.
^This.
 

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Please don’t think about rolling anything on stage! You are asking for an accident, and there will never be room. I’m guessing from your question that you don’t have much experience playing out? I wouldn’t worry too much. Hard shell cases will your kit and make setup and breakdown much much easier.
without knowing your setup- I always liked pearl racks, they easily collapsethat collapse, and are not too expensive.
^And this.
 

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Split the front bar in two. DW has a clamp which allows positioning so you could ease a wing nut fold the rack in and lift it off stage
 

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I made this rack system which rolls through an average door, rolls right into my trailer, then rolls right up on stage, all without removing the drums and cymbals.
You must play places that are all on a ground floor or have very wide ramps and doors! I really like it!
 


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