- TAMA HH905N Iron Cobra Hi-Hat Stand
- September 20, 2011
- By: LARRY RICE
I can't imagine a more good looking, smoother operating piece of drum gear, except maybe the complimenting TAMA Iron Cobra NEW Double Bass Drum Pedal.
They look stunning together, but more importantly, the operation and new surprising features are nothing short of spectacular.
Even the Clutch has a feature that I've never seen before. Instead of another felt (which you can use if you so desire - it's included) TAMA has a Swing-lock which allows the top hi-hat cymbal to swing more freely, than when choked with a felt, because of two little projections on the underside of the adjusting nut. It allows for some sounds and 'feels' not previously achieved with a hi-hat; It's different.
The cymbal seat, where the bottom cymbal sits, has an adjustment like every hi-hat stand to control the angle of the bottom cymbal, but it is also spring loaded. That means any hitting pressure of the two cymbals swishing together is absorbed and dampened by the springiness of the bottom felt and cymbal seat. It seems that would provide an extra measure of safety for the heavy crashers.
Of course the memory lock, allowing one to instantly return to a previously chosen height, is there on the tube, promoting a quicker more accurate set-up.
There is a (B)Tension Adjuster(b), just above the Base Frame, allowing for a very precise 6-level setting for the feel of the pedal tension.
There is a two legged double-brace stand, which keeps one from having to deal with the pesky third leg of most hi-hat stands. It is out of the way so as not to interfere with the double bass drum left foot pedal. A cleaner, more functional look.
At the ends of those legs are massive rubber feet as well as the duo-spike. This allows the drummer to select whichever one is suitable for his individual situation; Hard floors or carpet.
The footboard angle can be adjusted to match the exact angle of the left double bass drum pedal (or right, if a left-handed player).
You can also adjust the whole tilt of the entire stand, giving it that Leaning Tower of Pisa look back toward the drummer, if so desired. It could save on 'sawdust,' produced from the shoulder of the stick hitting the cymbals edges, as the angle of stick attack is improved.
Right out of the box, you immediately get the sense of a very durable piece of equipment. It is truly a thing of beauty. Even my girlfriend said, "Wow, that's pretty! What is it?"
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