As drummers, we tend to play better when we feel better. Our level of comfort and strain has a direct correlation with the quality of our performances. Playing with discomfort will always lead to a worse performance than had the player been fluid and flexible. Surprisingly, the one thing that can make the biggest different in your performance and comfort is your drum throne. Today we will be taking a look at the best drum throne you can buy for both value and comfort.
Best Drum Throne 2018 – A Quick Glance
Below is a table listing the best drum thrones of 2018. This is just a quick glance and if you’d like to see more information about each drum throne, keep reading on.
What is a Drum Throne?
If you’re new to drumming, you probably don’t even know what a drum throne is. You thought it was just some seat we drummers sit on when we play. While this is true, these drum seats are actually called thrones. Characteristics of drum thrones include metal hardware with rubber feet, some sort of adjustment mechanism for height, and a foam, padded seat in the shape of a circle.
Importance of a Good Drum Seat
Just like an office worker needs a reliable and solid chair to work in, a drummer needs a comfortable and practical drum throne to rehearse and perform on. Having a good drum throne can make the world of difference when it comes to your playing and enjoyment of it. This is where you’re going to be sitting for many hours on end, so remember not to be frugal when choosing a drum throne. Some drum stools can even be helpful for those with back issues who want to play the drums.
Hydraulic vs Manual Spindle Drum Thrones – My Personal Opinion
There’s two type of drum thrones you can buy today: hydraulic drum thrones and traditional manual spindle drum thrones. A hydraulic drum throne is going make adjusting heights very simple, just like an office chair with an adjustment handle. A drum throne with a manual spindle has a seat that rotates to adjust the height of the seat.
I’m going to make my case against hydraulic drum thrones. If you like yours, that’s fine. I have no axe to grind here. Do you remember playing on those types of hydraulic chairs when you were a kid? Hydraulic drum thrones opperate in a very similar fashion. These types of drum stools tend to be bouncier and move up and down while you play. I found this to be infuriating and obnoxious. If that’s not a problem for you, go for a hyrdualic drum throne. When I sat down at a Roc n Soc Nitro after buying it, I immediately felt uncomfortable and know that it would become an issue. I returned my drum throne and opted for the manual spindle version of the drum seat. A lot of players do like the hydraulic feel of these seats, so it’s a subjective opinion.
Drum Stools With a Back Rest
One option to consider when purchasing a drum throne is getting one with a back rest. A back rest can provide many helpful benefits including back support, easing back pain, providing balance for double bass patterns, and much more. If you already own your own drum throne and love it, don’t worry, there are universal drum throne back rests you can purchase that will fit your current seat.
Drum Thrones for Back Problems
If you suffer from issues of back pain while playing drums, there’s a couple things you can do to play longer and lessen pain. Make sure you are playing with a quality drum stool. Certain thrones at the lower end of the market are very fim, small, and provide no support. If you don’t already have one, be sure to purchase a drum throne with a back rest. While this won’t completely alleviate the issue, having a drum throne with a back rest will force you to play with better posture, gradually improving over time, and leading to you playing and performing longer without suffering.
Make sure you aren’t sitting too high on your throne. Something that often occurs with drummers sitting too high is they will often compensate for this height level in their mid-section, resulting in terrible back posture, tension, and will lead to horrible back pain. One tip I read is to keep your legs at right angles in the heel-up position so that the top of your leg is parallel to the ground to determine your drum throne height.
If none of these solutions have worked for you, there is one more option. Carmichael makes a drum throne that is specifically made for drummers with back pain. These drum thrones have been scientifically designed to relieve and prevent back pain as well as other discomforts associated with sitting for long periods of time. The drum throne seat has a unique design in that there is a large gap in the center of the stool. This is what Carmichael calls the “free floating spine.” It allows the tailbone to “float” reducing pressure on the lower spinal discs. Carmine Appice and Todd Sucherman both swear by these thrones. Carmichael sells both a standard drum stool as well as one with a drum throne with a back rest.
- Scientifically designed to relieve and prevent back pain and other discomforts associated with sitting.
- Our split seat design does this by allowing the tailbone to "float", reducing pressure on the lower spinal discs.
- The recessed channel in our seats also relieves pressure to other sensitive areas providing additional comfort and pain relief.
- Carmine Appice, Todd Sucherman, Shannon Larkin, Rob Bourdon, Sean Kinney, Oscar Seaton Jr. and John Humphrey and many more are rocking in total comfort with Carmichael Thrones.
- Our amazing seat tops are hand made and stitched in the USA and are built to last! Order yours today!