KBrakes: Kick Drum Anchors
KBrakes: Kick Drum Anchors
KBrakes are Kick Drum Anchors that actually work! Everyone benefits from KBrakes. A designed and tested solution to an age old problem.
KBrakes are Kick Drum Anchors that actually work! Everyone benefits from KBrakes. A designed and tested solution to an age old problem. Read more
About this project
The music we love!
Drummers are the backbone of every band. Drummers are what we move to, they are the ones that keep the beat and allow us to dance, to feel the movement and keep rhythm in our lives. We need to help them play their drums with confidence.
What is this a problem?
For years drummers have been playing their drums and battling against a never ending problem. The kick drum slides away from them as they play it. This makes sense as you do kick it thousands of times during a performance however, it's very difficult to play a drum that's sliding away from you.
In the 70's and 80's rock bands used to nail a 2X4 to the stage and push the kick drum right up against it so it wouldn't slide during the performance. If you did that in todays clubs the stage manager would throw you and your equipment out the door in the blink of an eye.
Think for a minute about the frustration level you feel when you go to use something and it fails on you. Imagine if this happened in your professional career and your hobby. This is how drummers that play the music we love feel on a daily basis.
This is how we've fixed it.
KBrakes - The ultimate in Kick Drum Slide Prevention Technology
KBrakes were designed with a few big purposes in mind: To keep the kick drum from sliding away from the drummer and to help musicians play the music that we love so much with confidence. KBrakes have 256 stopping points on each base plate, and have more stopping power than any other kick drum anchor in the world. Every kick drum comes with 2 drum spurs (legs) these legs are used to hold the drum upright as well as keep it from sliding forward. Each of these legs has just 1 stopping point to dig into the carpet and keep the drum from sliding. These 2 points are not enough for the hard hitters drummers of today. We have designed KBrakes with 512 of these stopping points to dig into the carpet and keep the kick drum firmly in place. 99% of drums are played on carpet, KBrakes are designed to be played on carpet (for that 1% don't worry we are currently working on something for you as well).
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?
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!
Risks and challenges
We feel that we have done our homework and have all of our issues worked out. However, there are always hiccups that come with every project. We have mold and die makers with finished models on hand as well as printers for all of our rewards ready to spring into action. Our designs have been tested, prototyped over a dozen times and are approved and ready to be made. If there are hiccups we feel the only thing that will be affected is time (production, shipping, manufacturing) We will get the parts made because our manufacturers have committed nothing but excellence to us, and we will hold them to this standard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This version of KBrakes is designed specifically for carpet. Drums are usually played on carpet due to the fact that there are so many components that can also slip and slide around. We are working on a version for those that want to play their drums on wood and other hard surfaces.
Currently the only place that KBrakes are available is on our kickstarter.
KBrakes come in a set of 2.
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.
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