I'm not sure if I'm in a minority here, but is anyone else that owns the DM10 Studio (Mesh?) Kit a little less than satisfied with the rack? I'm just not sure if I'm asking for more than I should be with the rack. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my kit. I just seem to be having some troubles with the rack.
Back during the summer, the brackets that hold the cymbal arms into the two center upright poles snapped, and I'm not able to raise the cymbals using anything but the extension part of the arm. That actually ended up working ok for me, as I've gotten it arranged to where I like the placement.
In addition to this, I've just had some issues with the plastic couplings not holding too well, especially the ones that hold on the left and right side sections. I just seem to be having to tighten everything down a bit more than I feel like I should.
I do travel with the kit quite a bit, at least twice a week in most cases, so I expect to have to do some basic maintenance as far as tightening things back down once in a while, it just seems to be more and more frequent. I typically load pads and pedals into bags, and fold the rack for transport. I'm actually looking at new bag solutions that will allow me to store it all in bags.
So, all of that to get to my question. I've been thinking about finding another rack solution. Has anyone else replaced the pack-in rack, and if so, what are some solutions that you've used? I'm trying to stay fairly inexpensive at the moment, and maybe even start something that I can build on over time. I just want to make sure I don't have a hardware failure, as my band is beginning to gig a bit more as we go into the new year.
Thanks for any input that may help me figure out which way to go!