If your studio is anything like mine, you see a variety of drums come through and sometimes the kick drum will not stay in place. Developed by drummer Will Butera with his dad Jay, KickBlock is a must have for every studio and gigging drummer. A simple, super lightweight foam (or natural cork) brick that's 11" by 3" by 2", its bottom is covered with 27 square inches of a military-grade Velcro hook pad. This pad sticks to all the carpets I tried (like on stage or in the studio) and with the drum's pressure against the edge it stays in place and keeps the kick from slipping away from the drummer. No more drums creeping up on your mic stands, and a simple solution when you need it. Keep one on hand! KickBlock is available in black, red, and natural cork, with free US shipping.

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