Do you have back problems? Well, guess what, you are not the only one.
Most of the drummers have some sort of back problems, I found this interesting article on how to avoid back problems and injuries suffered by drummers. Mainly, they are caused by sudden moves while you are on the drums.
You can make things easier with:
- Right seating position
- Being Relaxed
- Using the drum throne with a backrest
You will not use a backrest all the time, but it is surely useful to have it by your side when you need it.
I am a drummer for 15 years and I also have back problems so I wanted to shorten the road for the rest of the guys and tell you straightforward what can you expect.
I play very long gigs, like 8 hours long so, I need the use the best drum throne with a backrest that I could possibly find.
Let me tell you right away that you shouldn’t expect to get ultimate comfort without purchasing these on a first look expensive thrones but if I were starting now this is the first thing I would purchase.
When you play one 7-hour gig comfort gets in the first place. If you play shorter gigs or not play that often and just want to have a drum throne with a backrest that’s fine, I will go through some options for you as well.
What can I do to help my back on and off gig?
Let me tell you my short story about back problems and how I able to solve them. Here a couple of situations in which you need to be careful.
- Carrying the gear – if you are not in a big band and you don’t have techs to do it for you than you are in a situation to carry your own equipment, play a gig and then tear everything apart and do more carrying. If you repeat this process a few times a week without proper “technique” of lifting you are at risk of hurting your back. I found you a useful article on how to properly lift things.
- Strange positions while setting up the drum set – We all know there’s like 1000 screws on a drum set and almost every time we find ourselves in an awkward position in order to reach some of them. Pay attention and don’t be lazy, if it’s necessary to get off the chair do that to save your back.
- Sudden moves while playing – You need to work on being relaxed, when you try to play something hard your muscles contract and what usually happens in the actions is that you make a sudden move while your whole body is contracted. This is where proper technique jumps in place. Practice breeding properly and being relaxed while you play complex stuff. try repeating one phrase but being more relaxed.
- We came to a final step, having a backrest and the right posture while you playing. The backrest is the only drum part that can help you with your back problems. On Tama, Ht741 backrest has the most features and can be adjusted to fit your needs. On other drum thrones, it can go only up and down which isn’t enough. For me, it doesn’t feel right to sit all the way back so I need to have a possibility to bring a backrest closer.
Tama HT741 Ergo-Rider Quartet – Top pick
- Seat shape
- Backrest system
- Seat material
- High price
What to expect
You can adjust the height by twirling the seat or by twirling the height lock. Its 4-doubled leg makes it stable even better than the hardware construction with 3 legs. What makes its stability even better is that it lowers the distance of the center throne pipe to the floor.
Rocklock system is Tama’s invention made to prevent side to side motion within the base. Glide-Tite Grip Joint is also Tama’s invention designed for a more secure attachment. Seat lock has Two-piece locking system for better throne base to seat connection.
“Foot life,” means a special layer of rubber added between legs and feet to prevent rubber to metal contact.
Since I play very long gigs, I had to find the most comfortable drum throne with a backrest. And I found Tama Ergo-Rider Quartet. I have been using it for over 2 years now, and I am enjoying every second on it.
There are two structure types of this throne, with 3 feet and 4 feet. I have the one with three legs but I thing there is not much of a difference.
What I like
Seat shape and comfort
The shape of the seat is quite unique. It is something between the rounded seat and a motorbike one. The comfort is extraordinary, there is no drum chair with this much comfort.
You can adjust the backrest by the tiny bits. On most thrones, it is possible to adjust the backrest forward/backward and up/down but not the exact angle of it.
That feature makes this throne stand out from the others. Also, you can buy a backrest separately. The fact that the backrest can be angled makes it perfect for transport. Comfort is the best feature, and it is too good to be true.
What I don’t like
It is hard to find a bad feature on this throne, but there is one. After 1 year of use, my Ergo Rider material cracker. For the price, it should be more durable, but this could be the only case with the piece that I bought.
Taking all under consideration, this is the best drum throne with a backrest that you could find. In terms of comfort you will not be able to find a better throne with a backrest then Tama Ht741.
There are a few drum thrones with a backrest anyways.
Features that backrest offers along with durability, stability, comfort, and a unique seat shape make this comfort the best in the world. If you play long gigs or just want ultimate comfort this is it.
Since I personally use this drum throne the only downside is the material of the seat that I have already mentioned. It cracked after a few years and that’s it. All the other hardware parts stayed the same.
Pearl D2500BR – Premium motorbike style seat
- Large backrest
- Hardware quality
- Seat not versatile
- Can't adjust angle of the backrest
What to expect
In case you like a true motorbike style of seat, this would be the throne for you. Pearl stands for the quality in the drumming community.
Stop lock is there to stop a throne from spinning and it is very solid. And a Lock/Spin seat bracket is another part there to prevent a seat from spinning, The backrest can go back and forth, up and down but it can’t be adjusted by angle. It is quite big and comfortable.
The quality of the hardware is very much like that of Tama Round Rider, but the material of the seat is better. On the other hand, Tama’s seat is more versatile ( great for folks who like a rounded seat).
Whether you like a motorbike seat or not, you will be comfortable in Pearl D2500BR because of the great foam in the seat. But it doesn’t have a memory lock made to memorize the height that suits you
What I like
I had a couple of thrones with a motorbike-style seat, so that is fine with me. I like this shape a lot.
The throne is really well made, both seat material and the hardware are of superior quality. Pearl, indeed, justified the trust among the drumming world.
If you had a couple of drum thrones in your career then you know that hardware can have all kinds of downsides that will emerge over time. The screws wear out, rubber feet fall off and the rest part just broke.
This will not happen with this throne. Pearl’s reputation is on the line since this throne has a high price so it needs to be justified and surely is.
What I don’t like
Lack of backrest features
Drummers always appreciate more customizing features. In comparison to Tama, Pearl doesn’t offer that.
Angle adjusting is missing hear so I thing this will be a game-changer for most of the drummers to pick Tama over Pearl.
The backrest is very large which is great, but the fact that it can’t be angled like the Tama 1st Round Rider is not so great.
Drum throne of this class should have some sort of memory lock, but this is really not much of a big deal.
If you like a motorbike seat style, this throne will suit your needs the best. Durability is a huge factor when it comes to drum equipment, and we all like a durable drumming gear.
I believe Pearl D2500BR will hold the test of time that is for sure. It does have a high price but totally justified with the quality. The hardware is so firm that it will not move for years.
Seat and the backrest are large and cozy. It’s in the class of Tama Ergo Rider but a little bit different in terms of seat shape and backrest features.
Gibraltar 9608MB – Best intermediate level drum throne with a backrest
- Big backrest
- Great price
- Ergonomic seat
- Thinner seat than Tama and Pearl
- Can't adjust angle of a backrest
What to expect
Overall, Gibraltar’s products are not too expensive. They fall into the mid-range of the quality category.
Leading drum companies such as Yamaha, Tama, Pearl have a couple of premium lines that are out of reach for Gibraltar. Yet, Gibraltar always offers pretty good value for money.
9608MB’s seat is unique. It is not too thick but has some great curves designed to fit your rear.
Materials used for the seat are Cordura on top and vinyl on the edges. It is filled with memory foam. The seat height can be adjusted by twirling. And you can memorize your custom height with a memory lock.
The throne has 3 double-braced legs and large rubber feet. What makes it a bit unstable is the screw underneath the seat.
No matter how hard you tighten the lock, the seat remains a little bit shaky, that happens on the Tama model also. The backrest can go only back and forth and up and down.
The seat size is a little smaller than Tama and Pearl models. Comfort is great if you don’t have 6-7 hour gigs, but in case you do, go with Tama Round Rider.
Another thing good about Gibraltar is that you have the option to buy a backrest separately.
There are two types of a backrest Gibraltar produces:
- GUBR – fits all their thrones except pneumatic and hydraulic
- GBR – fits 9608OS and 9608HM throne models
The 9608MB is offered with a backrest as a package, but you can also check out different shapes you might like here. Gibraltar also has a few base variations; this one is labeled as B9608.
What I like
Great value for the money
I used this drum throne for a couple of years when the duration of my gigs had not yet increased. It is one of the cheapest thrones with a backrest, and it is one of the best in that price range.
Out of the question, it is the best alternative to expensive thrones with a backrest. I like the uniqueness of the seat shape and the fact that it can be bought separately.
A lot of backrest thrones start at a higher price range so the possibility of buying a throne while not breaking a bank is just great.
For sure we are not getting the premium quality but have in mind that nobody offers something similar to this drum throne.
What I don’t like
Lack of features, quality and comfort
The backrest can’t be adjusted by an angle so it is not fully customizable. The seat could be thicker, but in this price range, that’s about it.
The system underneath the seat is the biggest issue; it is what makes the throne shaky. So, you get the point that had to cut down some features, hardware quality, and even memory foam thickness in order to be able to achieve the price this low.
This drum throne is the best alternative to many expensive drum thrones, and it has a good value for money. It is best for drummers who don’t have long gigs, but they want a throne with a backrest.
Adding a backrest gets expensive because thrones with a backrest fall under a totally different price range than regular thrones. Gibraltar decided to give easy access to the customers by making this throne.
Here are the downsides in compare to Tama and Pearls drum throne:
- Lack of comfort
- Smaller seat
- Lower quality hardware
- No backrest features
The ultimate advantage is the price.
All three options that I analyzed are good options. It’s just matter whether you have a budget or needs for the most expensive model and fully adjustable or you are satisfied with drum throne on budget that is good enough to hold your back.
Tama 1st Chair Round Rider – The best drum throne with a backrest in general because of the comfort, seat size and customization options
Pearl D2500BR – Great throne for folks who like classic motorbike seat. Also, a little bit cheaper than Tama.
Gibraltar 9608MB – The best alternative to Pearl and Tama’s models, not so cozy and adjustable but still high quality.