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    Hi, Anyone have suggestions on a sturdy light weight throne that can support a 220lb. drummer? I'm replacing all hardware with lighter stands. The only thing I need now is a sturdy lighter throne. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks, Don

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    is there such a thing ?

    last time i looked all decent thrones are just that, a throne and not a flimsy barn stool not a milk create ..

    best thing i ever did was get a really nice throne

    gibraltar , tama , pearl , dw ..have a look at the mid range

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    Thanks for the reply itchie. Way back when I started drumming in the 60's light drum thrones were common. I guess there's a reason they don't make thrones like that any more. Thanks again, I may have to get one of the mid level thrones.

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    I use the Gibraltar 9608 round. Not lightweight, but incredibly solid and comfy
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    I have a Gibraltar 9600 throne with an oversized motorcycle top and backrest. It's extremely heavy in weight....probably as much as all my DW lightweight hi-hat, cymbal and snare stands put together. It's also very awkward to pack and takes up a lot of room in the bag. I would love to find a lighter weight throne that is still solid and supportive on my hips and back. However, I can now play a 4+ hour gig and not get lower back pain. To me, it's worth the trade off. I've found that thrones that wobble, have a loose seat top or lots of soft padding are the worst for me. They make my hip and back muscles constantly work to keep my body stable. A solid seat with firm padding that doesn't wobble or spin allows me to sit in a relaxed position and use my muscles for playing and not for maintaining stability.
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    I understand wanting to lighten the load when hauling your gear around, but a throne is not something I would skimp on---you are a big boy, and you need a big boy chair!

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    Take a 3 legged wooden kitchen stool. Saw off legs to desired height. VOILA!! Solid. Lightweight. Never wobbles.

    all the best...

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    Don't know that I would go light-weight at 220. You're in the "I need sturdy" range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    I have a Gibraltar 9600 throne with an oversized motorcycle top and backrest. It's extremely heavy in weight....probably as much as all my DW lightweight hi-hat, cymbal and snare stands put together. It's also very awkward to pack and takes up a lot of room in the bag. I would love to find a lighter weight throne that is still solid and supportive on my hips and back. However, I can now play a 4+ hour gig and not get lower back pain. To me, it's worth the trade off. I've found that thrones that wobble, have a loose seat top or lots of soft padding are the worst for me. They make my hip and back muscles constantly work to keep my body stable. A solid seat with firm padding that doesn't wobble or spin allows me to sit in a relaxed position and use my muscles for playing and not for maintaining stability.
    Have you had any issue with the seat spinning? The shaft that connects to the seat is completely round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyByNight View Post
    Have you had any issue with the seat spinning? The shaft that connects to the seat is completely round.
    Sometimes. I usually check and re-tighten the seat clamp about mid-gig. My only real complaint is the threaded seat shaft has a little slop where it threads into the base. Even with the additional keyed thread lock clamp, it still turns just a little bit in the base. I suspect it's due to the clearance in the threads. I WILL say, it's definitely a "heavy duty" built throne.
    -Brian

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    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    go sit on a bunch of thrones and let your butt make the decision

    if all fails, cant go wrong with gibraltar 9000 series

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    R&S Nitro three legged has been a very good sturdy throne for me. Not the lightest or the heaviest I would say in between.

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    It's been said above so here it is again.

    Lightweight....don't bother. It has to serve you well for many hours at a time and durability and comfort are better built in to better built thrones. Hmmm. think I'm going to patent that phrase....BRB...

    OK, I'm back.

    Don't skimp on that, ever! You'll be kicking yourself in the rear if you go that route once you realize it wasn't worth skimping on. Of course your rear will be numb so at least you won't feel the butt kicking.

    Now to answer your question, some of the best built single braced drum hardware comes from Yamaha, in my personal opinion. If they make a light weight frame, I'd bank on it being well built. But then you have to make sure the seat is what you want and sitting on one for two minutes won't give you important feedback. You need to sit on one for a good 15-20 minutes to see if you get fatigued at all. If so, that throne is not for you.

    Again all the above is my opinion or from my experiences. Yours may vary but probably not by much. Good luck finding YOUR throne.


    Personally, (again) all I use is Roc-n-Soc tractor style seats. I have several bases that are either thread adjustable or hydraulic.
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    Thanks for all of the recommendations and help guys. After pondering what you guys have said I think I'll stick with my heavy Yamaha seat that I've had for 30 or so years. I'm truly greatfull for all replies. Sincerely, Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    I have a Gibraltar 9600 throne with an oversized motorcycle top and backrest. It's extremely heavy in weight....probably as much as all my DW lightweight hi-hat, cymbal and snare stands put together. It's also very awkward to pack and takes up a lot of room in the bag. I would love to find a lighter weight throne that is still solid and supportive on my hips and back. However, I can now play a 4+ hour gig and not get lower back pain. To me, it's worth the trade off. I've found that thrones that wobble, have a loose seat top or lots of soft padding are the worst for me. They make my hip and back muscles constantly work to keep my body stable. A solid seat with firm padding that doesn't wobble or spin allows me to sit in a relaxed position and use my muscles for playing and not for maintaining stability.
    You described the "Big Boy" Pork Pie throne to a tee. It's way too cushy for my tastes and has loosened up during playing.



    If I go down this path again, my next throne would be the Ahead throne:


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    you know some of these thones nowadays are like lazy boy recliners. I get wanting comfort it sucks sitting on a rock for 3 hrs but I don't like to get too comfy. i still like round tops with good foam that are half the size of a lot of stuff that's available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    you know some of these thones nowadays are like lazy boy recliners. I get wanting comfort it sucks sitting on a rock for 3 hrs but I don't like to get too comfy. i still like round tops with good foam that are half the size of a lot of stuff that's available.
    +1

    ... and can fit inside of a drum cases for hauling around ...

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    I realize this thread is a bit old now but just for future reference for someone....I recently just got my Roland TD11 kit and I also ordered the Pearl D50 lightweight throne with it. It was $30 and it's terrible. I weigh just a few pounds more than the OP and my butt hurts after not even an hour of practicing. It even starts going to sleep. I have to get up and give myself a break before I continue playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerboy2015 View Post
    I realize this thread is a bit old now but just for future reference for someone....I recently just got my Roland TD11 kit and I also ordered the Pearl D50 lightweight throne with it. It was $30 and it's terrible. I weigh just a few pounds more than the OP and my butt hurts after not even an hour of practicing. It even starts going to sleep. I have to get up and give myself a break before I continue playing.
    No worries about bumping threads up; it gives guys like me who've missed it a chance to chime in. Pain and discomfort while playing drums is a huge distraction when you're trying to concentrate on things like timing and dynamics and it could affect the outcome of whatever you're trying to play. Having said that, I've invested in a solid throne and I no longer have to suffer while I play.

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