Drum hardware is just as important as the drums themselves. If you want a steady, solid feeling drum kit, you’re going to need solid hardware.
Sometimes a drum kit will come with some questionable hardware, meaning you’ll have to buy separate hardware which is more sturdy.
Most high end kits only come in shell packs, which means you’ll also have to buy the hardware separately. So, I have put together a list of my favorite hardware packs.
6 Best Drum Hardware Packs for Your Kit
The PDP 800 Series hardware pack consists of high quality double braced stands. It comes with a straight stand, boom stand, snare stand, hi-hat stand and kick pedal.
These stands are pretty sturdy and will work well for most situations.
The best thing about this hardware pack is that it comes with a kick pedal. The pedal works well. It has a metal base under the footboard, which isn’t common for pedals at this price. The pedal doesn’t have carpet spurs, so it moves around a bit. The spring adjustment nuts also tend to come loose.
Each stand has a memory lock, making it easy to set up the way you like it when you play gigs.
This hardware pack is very decently priced. So, it’s a great budget option.
The Yamaha HW-780 hardware pack includes 2 boom stands, a hi-hat stand, a snare stand and a bass drum pedal. The stands are all single braced.
The elbow and tilting joints are high quality castings and not stamped metal like many other stands.
A cool feature about the snare stand is that it allows you to fold the snare basket arms straight up without turning the clamp knob. This makes it a quick process to pack up and put into a bag.
The hi-hat pedal can swivel, making it easily adjustable to accommodate a double pedal. However, the hi-hat spring tension adjustment is a little too easy to turn the tension down, meaning it can change when traveling.
The kick pedal that comes with the hardware pack isn’t the greatest. It’s a Yamaha FP-7210A. I use this pedal for my young students who don’t have much leg strength. It gets the job done, but more experienced drummers will want a better kick pedal.
This hardware pack is a medium weight, making it ideal for traveling.
The Pearl HWP-930 hardware package includes a boom stand, straight stand, hi-hat stand, snare stand and kick pedal. The stands are all double braced.
Pearl has a reputation for providing solidly built hardware, even in their entry-level kits. So, this hardware package takes that and provides it in a one stop shop.
These stands are very heavy, making it a bit of a mission to travel with them. However, this means that they’re extremely sturdy and your drums and cymbals won’t be moving around when you hit them.
The best part about this hardware package is the P930 Demonator pedal. It’s a bargain to get this thing as well as 4 stands for the price. The P930 pedal is good for beginners and advanced players. Its a longboard pedal with silky smooth action, easy adjustments and a spring lock that is unique to Pearl.
This hardware package is a bit more expensive than competitor hardware packages, but makes up for it in quality and having a great kick pedal.
The Yamaha HW-3 Crosstown Advanced Lightweight hardware pack is designed specifically for lightweight traveling. These single braced stands are made from durable aluminium that makes them about 30% lighter than normal stands.
The pack includes two straight cymbal stands, a hi-hat stand and a snare drum. It also comes with a bag that you can fit all the hardware into. Each stand has its own sleeve, which allows you to pack the stands in the bag and not have them scratch each other.
The stands have a modern satin finish, which makes them look quite unique in your drum setup.
A minor gripe about this hardware pack is that it doesn’t include a boom stand. However, the two straight stands are pretty sturdy and will do the job.
The hi-hat pedal can’t swivel, making it difficult to place a double pedal in the setup.
I’d suggest you get this hardware pack if you gig a lot. It’s a good option to have as a gigging kit, since it is designed exactly for that. If you’re just playing drums at home, then it won’t be the best and sturdiest option for hardware.
Gibraltar is a company that is solely focused on manufacturing drum hardware. This tells you that they definitely make some high quality products. The 9700 series hardware pack has some heavy duty stands.
It includes 2 boom stands, a straight stand, a snare stand and a hi-hat stand. All the stands are double braced.
These stands are highly adjustable, have memory locks and look quite clean in a drum setup. The hi-hat pedal can swivel, making it easy to position a double pedal.
I’d suggest that you use this hardware pack for a home setup, since the stands are so heavy. Carrying around a heavy hardware bag isn’t the best option for frequent gigging.
Many competitor products in the same price range don’t come with a third cymbal stand, making this a sweet deal.
The DW 6000 Ultralight Series is designed to be a lightweight gigging option. This hardware pack includes two straight stands, a hi-hat stand and a snare stand.
You’ll notice that these stands look quite different to conventional stands. DW has given them a retro look, with the legs being flat. The flat braces look quite cool with portable kits, meaning these stands would look very aesthetic in a club or pub gig.
The snare stand looks a bit flimsy. However, looks are deceiving and the snare stand is actually very sturdy.
The hardware pack comes with a bag that all the stands fit into, making it easy to carry all your hardware over your shoulder.
These stands are a gigging option, and may not be the best choice as your main source of hardware.
Things to Know About Drum Hardware
Single and Double Braced Stands
A single braced stand has one piece of metal for each leg, while a double braced stand has two. Each type has its own benefits.
A single braced stand is lighter, making it easier to transport. A double braced stand has added support at the bottom, making it stronger and more sturdy. Single braced stands aren’t as sturdy, while double braced stands are a lot heavier.
You should use a double braced stand if you’re planning on mounting toms to it or using very heavy cymbals. You should use a single braced stand if you’re going to be traveling a lot with your equipment.
Types of Cymbal Stands
You get straight stands and you get boom stands. A straight stand just stands straight up. The cymbal angle can only be changed at the top. Straight stands are the sturdiest and are most commonly used for ride cymbals, since the ride is your heaviest cymbal.
Boom stands offer more flexibility. They feature a boom arm that allows you to position a cymbal in all sorts of ways. They are used mainly for crashes and effects cymbals. Most boom stands can be compacted to act as straight stands, but they aren’t as sturdy as a true straight stand.
If you are going to add on boom arms to a stand, it would be better to do it with a straight stand, since it is sturdier.
When traveling, you’re going to want a hardware bag. Drum companies make bags designed specifically for drum hardware. You get soft case and hard case bags. A soft case is lighter, but offers less protection. A hard case is heavier, but offers more protection.
Drum hardware is the foundation of your drum kit. I have played on so many kits with bad hardware and felt insecure in my playing. A good set of hardware is going to add stability, safety and it will also just look really great.
Go out and get yourself a good set of hardware. It will protect your drums, help you when you travel and add stability to your drumming.