Over the past 2 years we have been working hard to create a set of KBrakes that are not only extremely functional but aesthetically pleasing as well. We have created dozens of models and have tested them all over and over again to create the best set of KBrakes possible. Through our design process we went from sketch to model to cad drawings to 3D printed models in ABS,Nylon, Glass Filled Nylon, aluminum and more.
3D Printed prototypes
Low Run 3D Printed SLS Rapid Prototypes for Artists Testing
KBakes Benefits music lovers across the board!
KBrakes are really for drummers and musicians however, supporting KBrakes also benefits music lovers across the board. Imagine that you go to see your favorite band play and they are playing your favorite song and then the drummer just all the sudden stops playing because their kick drum is sliding away from them. Your experience that you just paid a lot of money to be apart of is now ruined because of a equipment malfunction. This happens all the time. By backing us on KickStarter this will allow us to launch KBrakes into production and get them out in to the world and into the hands of the musicians that play the music that we love so much.
We Believe in the Stopping Power!
We believe that drummers should be able to play their drums with confidence and be in the moment to give their fans the experience that they deserve and not be distracted with worries of when the next time their kick drum is going to slide away.
KBrakes looks and feels like part of your drum kit.
KBrakes are made of lightweight, high-grade injection molded black nylon, with steel hardware. The 55mm deep shaft allows the drum spur to easily be inserted into the KBrakes shaft without any effort. The collar at the top of the shaft allows the KBrake to be tightened directly onto the drum spur to hold it firmly in place. KBrakes are design to fit 99% of modern and vintage spurs.
The sleek design and high end aesthetics make KBrakes look and feel like part of your existing kick drum hardware, and the 180° rotation capability allows KBrake to fold flush in line with the drum for easy packing or unpacking into cases. Watch the video below to see!
KBrakes add functionality to your current kick drum, with virtually no additional weight, due to their strong nylon molded design. KBrakes are the only kick drum anchors in the world with 512 total stopping points that give your kick drum maximum stability and stopping power.
What will your donations be used for?
With your help and donations this will allow us to pay for tooling to get KBrakes manufactured this is an expensive process with a large one time tooling cost. This will also help offset the cost of our first run of 2500 packaged units, which will be gone if all of our backing tiers are filled.
KBrakes wins public endorsement and $5000
In early 2013 KBrakes was awarded $5000 dollars for winning the public endorsement from Start Garden in Grand Rapids,MI. This $5000 allowed us to create several prototypes to give to touring drummers to play and test and give feedback. The results have been overwhelming! Our artist have been out playing these and spreading the word and providing us with feedback, we have musicians emailing us everyday asking where can they buy KBrakes.
With this funding from Start Garden we were also to travel from drum shop to drum shop talking to owners and drummers and sharing KBrakes with them and performing live demos.
This was amazing for everyone, the look on people's faces when we showed it to them and how it worked was just priceless. One shop owner said "We've been waiting for this for 20 years" another said "it's amazing and so simple."
We have several physical and a few online retailers who a have committed to carrying KBrakes in their stores and on their shelves, (The Drum Den, NJ, Rit Music, MI, Steve Maxwells, NYC, and more) Together we can make this happen.
The KBrakes Event
KBrakes held and open drumming event earlier this year at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. At this event we had several drummers, designers, and problem solvers come in and play, test and give their thoughts about KBrakes. WIth 2 drum kits set up side by side, one with KBrakes and one without it was very obvious to see and feel the difference. This event was a Huge Success. It was a great mix of musicians and designers coming together to give their design opinions on this drum sliding solution.
KBrakes Pre and Post Kickstarter.
The Story of how KBrakes came to be.
A few years ago I was on US tour with a band from Virginia that had asked me drum on some dates with them. Most of this tour was a package tour which means that there were 4 bands and we all played the same shows together every night. All of us drummers would usually load in the club and set up our drum kits together and talk shop. Part of my kit setup consisted of a “gig rug” which is basically a rug for under your drums with a carpeted 2X4 at the end to keep the kick drum from sliding away. I wouldn’t say these rugs are super common but a lot of people do use them. It's really just one more piece to lug around and load in and out everyone night and potentially forget. My band was playing first on this leg of the tour. After a few days on the tour other drummer’s were asking me to use my rug because their kick drums were sliding all over the place. Of course I said yes because I didn’t mind however, there was a major drawback to this decision. Usually after we played I would pack all my stuff up into my cases and get them ready for load out at the end of the night. I now was the last one to be packed up because my rug which went into the bottom of my road case was still on stage at 12:00 am while the drummer who played last was talking to people and hanging out at the bar and his drums were still on stage on top of my rug.
I remember sitting in the car with my fiancé (now wife) in Lansing, MI after we had finished playing. We wanted to leave right after we were done playing to go back home. I told her that we had to wait until the end of the show because the other drummers were using my rug and if I don’t pack it up myself I won’t know tomorrow if it will be there. That rug was an essential part of my rig, because it kept my drum from sliding most of the time. I just couldn’t chance it getting left behind. As we sat there I started thinking about all of the other drum anchoring systems and how poorly they worked. If I came up with something I would never have to wait for my drum rug again. After mentally scrolling through all the things that drummers currently used to solve this problem (cinder blocks, Velcro, tape, rope, etc) Then I came up with the idea that later became KBrakes. This would be a drum anchor that goes on the end of the spurs of your kick drum that has feet that wouldn’t create drag but almost create resistance and push the drum back toward the player. I thought this would be great because one of the guys on the tour was playing with no rubber feet at all and just spikes and his drum was still sliding all over the place.
I started designing this idea in my head, over and over and over again. I started secretly plugging away doing research and polling other drummers on the tour with questions about anchors and drums sliding. Eventually the tour was over and I came home and started working on this new project. After about a month I had prototype, after about 6 months I had 4 prototypes. This project was very much about iteration, design, fail and redesign to arrive where I am currently which is a version 15. There isn’t much flash to KBrakes, it’s all about a little good looking with a lot of function.
We just want to get KBrakes out to as many musicians as possible. The kick drum sliding has been happening for way to long and it's time to put it to rest. KBrakes is the solution to keeping the kick drum from sliding. By supporting us on Kickstarter together we will be able to make this dream a reality and drummers will never have to worry about their kick drum sliding ever again.
Drummers Win! Concert Goers Win! All Musicians Win! Music Lovers Win!