Now this is a brilliant mod — small PVC drum support struts!
I saw these on eBay and I immediately bought some. Here’s a picture of my new Rock Band drum support struts in place:
Why is this so brilliant? Any Rock Band drummer quickly learns that the red and green pads don’t behave quite like the yellow and blue pads.
The yellow and blue drums are supported by the legs on the drumset, whereas the red and green drums are literally hanging on by a small plastic hinge! This can lead to unfortunate things like the drums literally snapping off. (It’s rare; I can only imagine the force with which these guys and gals are drumming.)
(picture courtesy Sk8er4ever714.)
The lack of support for the red and green drum heads also means they shake and vibrate more than they should when hit with the drumstick, which can interfere with normal drumming. There are times I know I’ve hit the red pad and the hit just didn’t register. It’s on the order of one hit out of hundreds, but it’s still frustrating.
I always suspected this had to do with the vibration of the red drum, but it never occurred to me how much a simple support strut extending out from the drum base could help! See for yourself:
Consider how often you’re drumming against the red drum (seriously, that thing is getting a major beatdown in almost every song), and how loosely supported it is. The difference in performance with the strut in place is like night and day. It has completely eliminated those rare ghost hits on the red pad that I was experiencing.
It’s not cheap at $20 plus shipping, but the quality of these handmade items is solid; there are little felt pads on each end to protect your drumset, and they’re painted black to blend in with your drum kit. They’re also super easy to put on and take off, so it’s an eminently reversible mod. If you have the time, and want to save a few bucks, you can make your own, too. There’s a great walkthrough on building your own PVC support struts at ScoreHero.
I hope Harmonix is listening. These red and green drum struts should be built into the next edition of the Rock Band drums!