Sabian Flat Key - Keychain Drum Key
By Dendy Jarrett |
Sabian — Flat Key
The Smallest Keychain Drum Key
by Dendy Jarrett
Drum Keys — they're a mainstay in the drummer’s must have at all times items. But if you're like me, even with the best checklist, you've maybe found yourself without your drum key. Without a key, tuning a head and especially changing a head are nearly impossible tasks. Enter the Sabian Flat Key.
WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS?
Did you ever come across something that made you wonder, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?” This is one of those items. Simple, simple, simple is the key. And the best part: as long as you're carrying a set of keys (your car keys or house key), you’ll have your flat key. You’re most likely familiar with the credit card key or other types of emergency keys. Think of the flat key as the drummer’s answer to the emergency key.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It is so simple it’s amazing that it has taken until 2014 for someone to think of it. This tiny drum key looks like a small box or spanner wrench, with a hole on one end to hang from your key ring. The box opening is the size of the standard drum key opening. While this may not be as easy or convenient as the standard “turn” key, it works … and very well. Best of all, it's smaller than your average house key. You can even slip it into your wallet - it's that thin.
Significantly, there are no moving parts or anything that can break or cut you. It appears to be cut with a laser or water jet, and then tumbled smooth on the edges. Just slip it on the tuning rod and turn.
Sometimes it's the simple things that demand the most attention. There are other drum keys that are made to hang from your key chain but none like this. It is the smallest keychain drum key, and this now goes on my list of “must have at all times” items. I think every drummer should own one. What’s not to like about this? It may save your bacon at a gig!
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Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.