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Glossary


ABS
A durable plastic/nylon material used in and on many percussion stands.
Adjustable angle clamp
A rack clamp that connects two horizontal support bars without the use of a leg.
Anodized steel
Electric paint process for metal in colored and brushed finishes.
ATS (Advanced Tripod System)
Leg brace which utilizes separately adjustable collars to position legs.
Ball-and-socket (or 360 degree adjustment)
A tilting mechanism used on various mounts which utilizes an ABS ball to swivel mount.
Bass drum beater
A metal shaft topped by a beater ball, which is inserted into a hole in the beater hub of a bass drum pedal.
Bass pedal spring
The spring that connects to the cam assembly and a receptor in the base of the frame of a bass drum pedal, which pulls the pedal back from the head when the pedal board isn't depressed.
Batter head
The top head of a drum which is struck.
Bearing edge
Point of drum shell where the head makes contact.
Beater hub
The bass pedal assembly that attaches the bass drum beater to the drive shaft.
Beater pad
The pad that affixes to the bass drumhead at the point of impact.
Boom stand
A stand that has a boom arm attachment.
Brushed finish
Metal which has a slightly rough finish. Sometimes anodized, sometimes tumbled to smooth rough finishes.
Butt end (see snare butt)
Usually found on the side of a snare drum opposite the throw-off. This piece holds the snares in a fixed position.
Cable hi-hat pedal
A pedal that allows the hi-hat cymbals to be positioned anywhere on a drum kit.
Cam drive
A non-tooth or toothless chain drive mechanism.
Chain drive
A pedal with a bicycle chain that connects the beater hub to footboard.
Chrome finish
A three-step process of electrically adhering several metal to steel to give a brilliant covering.
Claw hooks
The hooks that grip the outer edge of the bass drum hoop.
Clutch
The clamping mechanism that holds the top hi-hat cymbal to the pull rod.
Counterhoop
A circular piece of steel, brass or wood that applies tension on the drumhead when the tension rods are tightened.
Counterweight
On bass drum beaters, attaches to the beater shaft to fine-tune the pedal action. On boom cymbal stands, attaches to the bottom of a boom arm to counteract the weight of cymbal.
Cymbal sleeve
A plastic or nylon sleeve that prevents a cymbal from touching the metal rod of a cymbal stand.
Cymbal stacker
Allows two cymbals to be mounted above and below each other on one stand.
Die-cast
Made by casting metal in a mold.
Double-bass pedal
A two-pedal system that enables the drummer to play a single bass drum with both feet.
Double-braced
Tripod legs constructed of two parallel pieces of stamped metal that meet and attach at both the rubber foot and the top collar.
Drop clutch
A hi-hat clutch that allows a drummer to close the hi-hat cymbals by hitting the clutch's release arm with a stick.
Elliptical leg base
A stand leg base which utilizes round to oval tube stock.
Rock or Turbo plate
A metal plate connected to the underside of a bass pedal's heel plate and to the bottom of the pedal's frame, replacing the standard radius rod.
Forty-Five Degree Angle System
A leg system that supports the weight of an item on an angle.
Free-floating
Drum tensioning hardware which does not touch the shell.
Hardened steel
Steel which has gone through a special process of heating and cooling to increase its strength.
Hide-away boom
A cymbal stand which can double as a straight or boom stand.
Hi-hat stabilizer
Secures cable hi-hat pedals to other pieces of hardware.
Knurl
A small projecting ridge to assist in gripping an object.
L-rod
L-shaped rod used to mount percussion instruments.
Lug
The bracket attached to a drum that accepts a tension rod.
Lug nut
The receptacle which fits inside a lug and accepts a tension rod, allowing a drum to be tuned.
Memory clamp
Holds chosen positions on stands and rack systems.
Multi-clamp
A clamp which mounts various instruments and/or stands to each other. (Traditionally used on cymbal stands.)
Nodal lug mounting
A method of mounting a drum's lugs at points on the shell where the vibrations from stick hits coverage.
Nylon bushing
Internal collar that prevents metal-to-metal contact within a stand.
Pedal board
The flat surface of a bass or hi-hat pedal which is activated by foot pressure, usually consisting of a footplate and a heel plate, connected by a hinge.
Percussion table
Flat table usually padded with edges to hold hand percussion instruments.
Platform stand
A stand used to mount several items.
Pot metal
Slang for casted zinc.
Powder coating
Special color process which bakes paint onto metal.
Pull rod
The internal drive of a hi-hat pedal.
Rachet
A wheel or bar beating a series of notches in which a pivoted tongue engages to prevent backward movement.
Rack multi-clamp
A clamp which mounts instruments to a rack a systems.
Rack system
A combination of horizontal and vertical bars and clamps on which instruments are mounted.
Resonant head
Bottom head used on tom toms and snare drums or the front of a bass drum.
Single-braced hardware
Tripod legs made of a solitary piece of stamped metal tipped with a rubber foot.
Snare basket
The upper assembly of a snare stand which cradles the snare drum.
Snare butt
The clamping device that holds the snare strands firmly on the side of the shell opposite the throw-off.
Snare cord (or straps)
Holds snares to throw-off and butt assembly.
Snares
Coiled metal strands which vibrate against the bottom (snare side) head of a snare drum.
Snare side head
The thinner head found on the bottom of a snare drum.
Spanner system
A horizontal rack bar that connects to two cymbal or tom stands.
Sproket drive
A chain-drive mechanism with teeth.
Stand
A telescoping series of tubular tiers held vertically by a tripod base that suspends an instrument.
Straight stand
A stand that has a single central shaft that is vertical to the floor.
Strap drive
A pedal with a leather or synthetic strap that connects the beater hub to the footboard.
Swivel cam
A protruding, circular part at the top of a bass pedal's frame which transmits a back-and-forth motion to the horizontal shaft supporting the beater hub.
T-clamp
The clamp that connects a leg to a rack's support bar.
Tension rod (or key rod)
Flat-nosed straight-sided screws that insert into a drum's lugs and apply pressure to the counterhoop.
Throw-off
A locking mechanism that provides tension on the snare strands.
Tier
The modular tubes that nest inside one another in the central body of a stand.
T-leg system
A leg system found on rack systems which has equal balance in the front and rear.
Tripod
A three-legged base.
Tom mount
The bracket which accepts a tom tom arm to mount a tom-tom to a bass drum, rack or stand.
Tube lug
A tubular, low-mass lug, commonly made of brass.
U joint
Metal assembly which allows movement with multiple position adjustment. Usually connects secondary pedal to primary pedal on double-pedal systems.
Washer
A metal or felt disc that sits between two objects.
Wingscrew
A screw with wing-like finger grips.