Silverstone Drum Thrones
Silverstone Drum Throne
Ok, so I''m stuck in Sydney airport right now and trying to find something to do and then I remember, hey, I have this review to finish. Grateful for small blessings right now...
Anyway, it''s been a good six years or so since I''ve been asked to review a drum throne, and a couple since I bought a new one, so this is obviously overdue.
I have to confess that while I do consider myself fairly up on new gear, I''d never heard of Silverstone before I was given this throne. Shame on me? Maybe. All the same, onwards and upwards an'' all that...
Some background from the Silverstone site.....
Silverstone Drum Thrones Systems are the only dedicated manufacturer in the world using the unique combination of leather and memory foam. Silverstone is a small business situated in the heart of England. The team is from a music and automotive trimming background having worked for both Jaguar and Aston Martin. This gave us a great foundation to design and develop a new range of drum thrones aimed at drummers who wanted the ultimate in style, comfort and support.
Our attention to detail is relentless and quality control endless. Rest assured if you buy a Silverstone drum throne you are buying the best from a team that takes pride in their work and is proud of their unique hand made product.
|Silverstone make the top of their thrones from either trimmed Scottish leather or luxury Italian Alcantara Suede. The leather Silverstone uses is from Andrew Muirhead and Bridge of Weir premium which is apparently renowned throughout the world - I''m not really up on my premium leather manufacturers. Either way, this is the same leather used on Aston Martins, BMW''s, Maclaren F1’s, Range Rovers, Jaguars, Lotus''s and even Sunseeker Yachts. Apart from that, leather is a tear and puncture-resistant material, and factors such as durability, strength, quality and colour-fade resistance means leather is an obvious choice for seat making.
Usage-wise, I spent a good few hours using the throne both at a gig and in rehearsal. During that time, I had no functional issues with it at all and enjoyed its very wide surface area and deep level of padding. I imagine that the memory foam will, over time, provide even greater comfort as it moulds to your body. I think that''s quite a cool point.
Bad points? Well, if you like to sit really low - thankfully for me I don''t - but you might have a little problem as you have to take the depth of the throne into account and it may end up you either buying a new base or sitting a little higher. Not a big thing, but it is something you might need to give consideration to. |
|The other thing I found was that I couldn''t get the throne to separate from the base without literally taking the mounting bracket apart and using some force on it. Ok, again not a biggie - I have a Tama base and the fittings on the throne are Gibraltar - but if you do like to take your throne apart after using it and that happens, then you might not like that too much. However, this is just a hardware compatibility issue though and not a reflection on the seat itself.
However, I did enjoy using the throne and not once did I feel uncomfortable, far from it. The thick padding is very supportive and as it is made from memory foam it should become more comfortable with time. It was very well made, you''ll appreciate this more if you see one in person - and you also get a case too which I thought was nice.
Silverstone has various models available, all of which you can find on their website at http://drumthrones.co.uk/default.asp where you can also get an idea of the pricing involved. They''re not cheap, they are high end and Silverstone makes no issue of this, but you get what you pay for, so if you like your comfort check them out.
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