Many years ago Arti showed me the prototype of his homemade invention, which would evolve into what many drummers and percussionists would now recognize as The Bass Drum Lift. After giving a clinic on percussion repairs at the 2008 Connecticut Day of Percussion, I purchased one of Arti’s redesigned Bass Drum Lifts. I was honored by Arti’s invitation to be on the endorser list of many fine drummers and percussionists.
I currently own three Bass Drum Lifts. I use one on a Yamaha 17″ X 20″ Stage Custom Advantage Bass Drum, that is owned by St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church of Groton, CT, in which I am a member of their music ministry. The second lift is used on my Yamaha 16″ X 20″ Recording Custom Bass Drum. The third lift is used on a Sonor Phonic 16 X 18″ Floor Tom, that I customized into a Bass Drum. I use this drum with the Nathan Bayreuther Jazz Combo. In addition to my performing, I am a self-employed private teacher and also operate my own percussion repair business. In my years of being in the music field, I have seen and tested many drum and percussion products that where simply “gimmicks”. I can say with absolutely honesty, that Arti Dixson’s invention is most certainly NOT a “gimmick”! Arti and I have openly chatted about the many advantages about his product. Here is a list of the many advantages that The Bass Drum Lift adds to a Bass Drums sound, set up, and physical well being:
- The Bass Drum is not “choked” or muffled by having the bass drum pedal “clamped” directly to the counterhoop.
- The Bass Drum counterhoop is not destroyed, because the bass drum pedal attaches to the “tongue” of the Bass Drum Lift.
- The Bass Drum’s tone (when tuned and muffled properly), will have more length as well as more “low end” to the sound.
- The Bass Drum is supported by the spurs in the front and The Bass Drum Lift near the batter head. As a result the shell is “supported” better because all of the bass drum’s weight is not resting on the counterhoop, it is resting on the shell. Thusly, the batter head and counterhoop, are never “choked” in terms of the drum’s sound.
- Tuning the Batter Head is a breeze because the two tension rods that are normally touching the ground, are “suspended” in the air thanks to The Bass Drum Lift.
- On a single pedal, the beater strikes the head in the “sweet spot”, which for me is slightly higher than “dead center”.
- On a double pedal, the beaters should be positioned so that they are of “equal distance” on either side of “dead center”.
- If The Bass Drum Lift is attached securely, and the bass drum pedal is placed on a very thin carpeting (I have found indoor/outdoor carpeting to work the best), there is absolutely no “pedal contact” noise or rattles whatsoever.
- The Bass Drum Lift can be positioned “inward” or “outward” so that the bass drum beater(s) hit the bass drum batter head at a 90 degree angle.
- The Bass Drum Lift sets up in seconds. It is light in weight, and fits inside most bass drum pedal bags.
It really is a brilliant device.
-Chris “CK” Kent
Nathan Bayreuther Jazz Combo
Private Percussion Teacher
Freelance Drummer and Percussionist