As a few of you might be aware, nowadays for one of my music situations, I'm called upon to not only do percussion but also a bit of keyboard/tuned percussion. The keys I added as they are way more convenient to cart to gigs in comparison to a vibraphone and/or marimba. I had hit upon the solution to have a rig which would combine the large cross-section of sounds and percussion techniques I have to call on......different sorts of hand drumming, stick work and melodic percussion....without the headache of a cumbersome miking rig that would entail, and also some thing that would make things way easy for the sound engineer to balance (as well as doing small adjustments from song to song myself). So a while back I thought of having a couple of keyboards, my Roland Handsonic HPD-10 (for stuff such as congas, djembe, Middle Eastern percussion, Indian table, talking drum and other West African hand drums, etc) and a Roland SPD-20 Octopad all connected to a Yamaha mixer....then all I have to do is to give the sound guy two stereo-out leads and tell him just to connect to his sound desk and that's it, no more fussing over.
Well, a number of changes have been done to this rig. To start off with, to the left, I originally had a little 37 key Micro-Korg keyboard sitting above a Korg Micro-Station (61 keys). That's now changed, because a while back I got my hands on another Korg, a Korg X5D, this one with 61 normal sized keys (those regular late night keyboard practice sessions are slowly now paying off!). So I now have the Micro-Station sitting above the X5D. I still have the Handsonic (really, the heart of the whole crazy rig), but now, instead of an Octopad, I've borrowed (and might even later buy) a Roland SPD-S Sampling Pad (more compact and with one more playing surface than my Octopad). Coming off the Handsonic and SPD-S, I've a few pedals, but in the past I had two Roland PDX-8 snare mesh pads attached to a couple of foot-cowbell (or gajate) brackets, as well as an actual tambourine on another gajate bracket to the left of my Handsonic. This was okay, but now having more foot pedals for the two keyboards (volume pedals and dampeners)I was having problems with the long pipes that made up the "feet" of the rack, as they left less room to put the volume pedals and the two kick peadls for the percussion side of the rig. So after much head scratching, I came up with this solution.....why not have two shorter pipes for the "front" section of the rig? And the long pipe for the remaining foot on the keyboard side of the rig would help balance it. However, I didn't want to start trimming existing pipe sections, so I needed to find a spare one. Fortunately the other day, the guys at one of my local drum shops, Drum Factory at Parramatta, said they had such a piece of pipe around: