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.