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Gauger Percussion Flex Frame

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Ok, I just got this installed tonight. I have been placing my 12" tom on a snare stand for months. The tone and resonance was considerably improved over the stock 'L' arm mount. I was reading a post on another forum by legendary drummer Bun E. Carlos. He was recommending the Flex Frame from Gauger Percussion, the guys who brought us the RIMS tom mounting system. These guys know their stuff.

I went to their website and they have a graph and an audio clip that shows the dynamic response of the Flex Frame. They are not lying. My tom has more pure tone and resonance than ever before. My feeling is that if I can take a drum that is tuned to it's most resonant tunings and make it sing like this, I can now have a wider range of tuning choices. Some higher tunings that previously might have resulted in a more choked sound, may now sing enough to make them usable. For now though, I am going to enjoy the current tuning and let that drum breath freely. I also took some dense foam, like the type used for a workout mat, and set it under my FT feet. WOW!!!! Bob Gatzen is a flippin' genius!

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Clever design. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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I'm curious about that design now...wondering what it would do for a traditional snare...how much does a snare get choked, and how would the sound change with this? I almost think that I'll be more used to the choked snare sound, but it may be a worthwhile experiment.

Thanks for sharing your results.

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They do recommend it for snares, but not for anything over 12 lbs. The resonance it provides is not the uncontrolled ring that you sometimes can get with a poorly tuned head.

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Seems like a snare is supposed to be choked to a degree. But I supposed muffling the heads is the best way, not choking the shell. Pretty cool for your tom application!

And yeah, the foam under the FT legs is an amazing little trick.

Jeremy

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The resonance it provides is not the uncontrolled ring that you sometimes can get with a poorly tuned head.

I can see your point. A properly tuned snare + a certain amount of resonance should give a nice result.

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Hmmmm... I wonder if I can make that fit my Premier tom (not a full 12"), not that it needs it.

I do like that design though, and it should make it easier to get the smaller diameter toms properly in the snare basket because you don't have to clamp it down quite as much.

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pretty neat idea, another one of those ideas that i wish i could of came up with for the soul purpose of making a butt load of money

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