Friday, May 13, 2011
Product Review: Pearl Throne Thumper
This product review is on a drummer's product, the Pearl Throne Thumper. While I am just a novice drummer, I see how cool and use full this product is. What the Throne Thumper is is a device that attaches to your drum stool/ throne. When you hit your kick/bass drum it vibrates your seat. I like it's concept from two points of view. One is from a sound man's point of view. Alot of times a drummer will ask for the kick drum to be blasted through his monitor so he can feel it. While I understand a drummer wanting this is causes two problems. 1- It takes up all the sound spectrum in your monitor, not allowing things you could really need like lead vocals, guitar or keyboards to come through as clean and good as you need them. 2- It causes the amps to clip when you have to run it as loud as most drummers will need. With the Throne Thumper the vibrations give you the feeling of hearing it and gives you the thump you wanna feel when hitting the kick drum.
Let's get down to how this thing works. It is powered by it's own 200 watt amp. You hook up speaker wires very easily to the amp, much like home speakers, and run the other end of the wires to the thumper which hooks up just as easy. The Thumper itself easily just hooks up to your throne, right under the seat with a fast clamp attachment system. Here is where you will have a couple questions...How do I hook it up to the drums? With electric drums you just run your 1/4 inch cable out of your drums into the Throne Thumper amp, then run a cable to either your electric drums amp or to the p.a. you are running to. For acoustic drums you have two options. One is run a splitter cable off of your kick drum mic (you have to have one), run one line to the p.a. and one line to your Throne Thumper amp. The other option is just run off the out of the mixer board into the throne thumper amp. There might be other ways to do it at a gig or practice but these are the best ways I can think of. If you are just jammin at home or practice just stick a kick drum mic on your bass drum and run the line straight to your Throne Thumper amp. On the Throne Thumper amp you have a level adjustment for volume and low pass. You just adjust those to get how much you want to feel it.
The amp and the Throne Thumper itself are not that heavy or bulky and is easily carried around. It is very easy to hook up, so easy a drummer can do it !!!! LOL!!! We just got them in down at Rock Bottom Music and the price is $299. We have one hooked up on the stage and you are more than welcome to come give it a try. Once you get on it you might not want to get off. Not only is it very functional and serves it's purpose well, it just plain feels cool. Anyone that has tried it so far has not wanted to stop playing. The Throne Thumper is made in conjunction with Buttkicker. They are the ones who make the things that vibrate your seat in your home theatre. So get your butt on down and try the Buttkicker Pearl Throne Thumper!!!
check out the video of randy carver jr demonstrating it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fk1p1lY2zg&feature=channel_video_title