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How do I Choose the Best Drum Throne?

By Raine Black
Updated Jan 24, 2024
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What many first time drummers don’t realize is that one of the most important parts of their percussion set is the drum throne. The drum throne, the stool on which a drummer sits, has to place him or her in the correct proportion with the drums. This positioning could help prevent back aches, and contribute to better drum playing. The best drum throne is usually the one that is simply the most comfortable.

Drum seats come in many sizes and shapes, but there are two different basic styles: bicycle style and round, traditional style. For those for whom leg comfort is important, the bicycle style could be the better of the two choices. Ultimately, a drummer should purchase a drum throne that supports good balance overall. This means that the drum stool should be stable enough and strong enough that it doesn’t wobble. It must also have strong legs that are securely attached to the base.

The best drum chair is the one that does not place unnecessary strain on one side of the body versus the other. Drummers should try to invest in thrones that have a lift, so it can be adjusted quickly for height. This allows you to adjust the drum throne for a performance, if needed. Sometimes, the way one practices is different from the way one performs — the practice may be as relaxed as the actual performance is rigorous. Quickly fine-tuning your drum throne at different height positions when you practice and perform can help improve your drum-playing technique.

Some drum thrones come with gas-filled cylinders and support beams that allow for a buffer to absorb the impact of your movements. This can help prevent strain due to the up and down motion that usually accompanies vigorous drumming. Some drum thrones are engineered to only require the fingertip in adjusting the height of the seat.

Playing the drums is a physical activity that often requires exertion for a long period of time while seated in one spot. Learning and practicing drumming can lead to injury or sub-par performance if the drum seat has not been assessed for its fit with a drummer’s weight and height. Padded drum seats with back rests are available for the very young or those who suffer from sensitive backs.

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Discussion Comments
By anon301943 — On Nov 06, 2012

Re: "Drummers should try to invest in thrones that have a lift, so it can be adjusted quickly for height..." That is crazy, and I'll go as far as wrong.

Performance and practice setups should be the same. When you are on stage, the last thing you need is little inconsistencies throwing you off. Using the same setup in both scenarios will help you play better live.

Once I have a height on the seat set, it stays that height. A lift is not necessary. Also, If you are a bigger person, the lift has more potential to fail over time. A threaded post can give your throne a longer life.

By anon69599 — On Mar 09, 2010

Swing Throne Balancing seats are the newest thing for serious drummers.

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