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Old 03-30-2020, 02:21 PM
Poetman Poetman is offline
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Default Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

I am wondering if any members have a cheap alternative (even made one yourself?) to the overpriced Gretsch ratchet keys (sometimes available) online? I've been getting along moving my tom mount with a standard wrench, but since it is so long, I alway sneed to rotate to turn the nut. This smaller key makes adjusting the rail mount very convenient. Any handy guys this might be easy to replicate--or find?
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:40 PM
Marty Black Marty Black is online now
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Default Re: Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

I've got one of those ratchet keys, which works quite well, but - on the tom mounts themselves - I've removed the nuts and replaced them with the large size (1970s Atlas) cymbal stand wing nuts. This saves a lot of fumbling.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:10 AM
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Default Re: Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

It's a key that allows you to easily adjust the Walburg Augue rail mount. I don't want to swap out the rail spade.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

I use an actual ratchet wrench...which actually ratchets, for this. 7/16ths. Much better than using one of those old style wrenches.

https://www.drumforum.org/threads/th...wrench.100135/

I believe Maxwell sold repro's of the type you're looking for.
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Old 04-01-2020, 02:40 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

Thank you, KO! LIFESAVER!
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Old 04-06-2020, 12:52 PM
Bill the Drummer Bill the Drummer is offline
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Default Re: Gretsch/Ludwig Ratchet Key

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I use an actual ratchet wrench...which actually ratchets, for this. 7/16ths. Much better than using one of those old style wrenches.

https://www.drumforum.org/threads/th...wrench.100135/

I believe Maxwell sold repro's of the type you're looking for.
Maxwell's repros are a different size than the original. Original is 7/16" and the Maxwell is 1/2". I know. I bought one for an old Gretsch RB set and it was too big. I now use a small socket wrench. Much better.
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