Arguably, the most vital piece of a drummer’s gear is his throne. If you can’t sit properly while playing, every move becomes more difficult. When I was first learning drums, I used a kitchen chair (I was lucky to even have drums!) I eventually bought a used Pearl throne at a music store. It was the standard threaded-base kind where you’d have to spin it at light speed to raise and lower it. In time,though, I met the last drummer’s seat I’d ever need—the Roc-n-Soc drum throne.
Like other drummers I’ve met, we many times call it the “Roc Soc” drum throne. Just faster I guess…but…who cares how it’s pronounced! It’s an awesome piece of hardware!
What Drummers Need in a Seat
Sitting for two to four hours straight for rehearsals and gigs can be murder on a backside. Sometimes after a long set of playing, when I get up off the drum throne, I’m numb down the back of my legs and I’m stumbling around like Franken-drummer. Those round, circular-style drum throne seats arc around too fast due to their size and seem to cut your legs off in a weird spot.
Besides immediate comfort, drummers need a throne that provides comfortability over extended periods of time and allows for maximum range of motion of the legs. The Roc-n-Soc drum throne is designed to do exactly that!
Roc-n-Soc Drum Throne Features
With several key styles, Roc-n-Soc has a fit for you. I personally prefer the gas shock lift. Manufacturers state that the gas charged shocks take away strain off the lower back and legs, reducing fatigue during extended playing. I can personally vouch for that. I can easily sit for two hours on a gig and not experience any numbness or weakness when using the Roc-n-Soc. There are times when I don’t get to use my own personal throne (like at rehearsal studios) and the difference is astounding!
Another feature I’ve really benefited from is the saddle seat design. The slight upward curves of the upholstered seat keep you in the center and in position to reach pedals properly at all times. I’ve found that with the round seat design thrones, I have to skooch to the edge to free up my hips for up and down movements of my legs. With the Roc-n-Soc drum throne, your legs fall into cutouts in the perimeter of the seat. These “grooves” are functional and comfortable.
Why Not Be Comfortable All-Gig Long?
If you haven’t had the chance to try out the Roc-n-Soc drum throne you’re missing out! Go to your nearest music store and find one. Sit on a traditional style throne first. Play a little. Then swap in the Roc-n-Soc drum throne. The difference is unmistakable and there is no excuse for not buying one right there on the spot! Cheers 😉