I love using a music stand for a stick tray. They look really clean and professional with a towel draped over them. Music stand trays definitely never collapse at the worst possible time, stuff always stays in place perfectly. . . and of course there are always plenty of extra, good music stands to use, anyway.
-No Percussionist, Ever
It is invaluable to have just the right tool for any given musical situation - stick/accessory trays included.
The Switchboard Percussion System is a patent pending, new approach to the mid-sized accessory tray/stick tray that meets the needs of percussionists and drummers via literally thousands of possible different configurations.
If you thought the above made-up quote was crazy even before you finished reading it, you're going to want to learn more about the Switchboard Percussion System!
One of a kind! It really takes care of a lot of different problems that would arise from using a normal trap tray
Percussionist for the smash hit Beetlejuice on Broadway
Switchboard in the Pit - A Switchboard system configured to organize crotale, glock, xylo, timpani, and vibe mallets, concert SD sticks, xylo and felt swizzles, concert tambourine, triangle w/ Miller Machine, and a siren whistle. This configuration uses 4 Fat Hooks, 5 Skinny Hooks, 1 J-Hook, and a Miller Machine Adapter.
I used the same pair of Switchboards at 'Fiddler' for 18 months, two theaters, and 520 performances, and they never let me down. That experience is why I decided it was ready to share with the percussive public.
Drummer and percussionist for "Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish",
Designer of the Switchboard Percussion System
Switchboard at the Drums (gray model shown) - L to R, studio headphones on 1 Skinny hook, drum key in corner hole, wire brushes, studio shaker, woodblock, crescent tambourine on L-hook, and stick bag hung from skinny hooks on L/R.
“The switchboard is unlike any other product on the market! You can customize your switchboard with different configurations of posts and mallet hooks based on your needs. You also have the ability to stack multiple switchboards, making this the best product for tight spaces. It is a must-have for all situations, from broadway to the concert hall!”
Timpanist for Princeton Symphony,
Percussionist and Timpanist for DCINY (Carnegie Hall)
Switchboard in the Concert Percussion Section - L to R, this configuration suspends a set of sleigh bells b/t an L-hook and a Fat hook, a pair of cymbal mallets hung from 2 Skinny hooks, a small whip on 2 L-hooks (underneath), a triangle hung from a Miller Machine triangle arm via adapter, concert SD sticks, chamois BD mallets, venezuelan maracas, concert castanets and vibraslap suspended from 4 more switch hooks, and a tam-tam mallet on a J-hook
Multiple Mounting Options
Switchboard for Latin settings - LEFT: shekere hung from 2 Fat hooks; TOP: campana & beater, rawhide maracas (in divots), timbale sticks, guiro scraper (in corner hole); RIGHT: claves and samba whistle on 2 Skinny hooks; BOTTOM: caxixi on L-hook, guiro on 2 L-hooks, and vibraslap on J-hook
Switchboard in Chamber Music - LEFT: Chime mallet on 2 Fat hooks; TOP: Latex mallets, Moleskin swizzles, singing bowl, temple gong; RIGHT: temple gong beater and bass bow on 2 Skinny hooks; BOTTOM: Finger cymbals on L-hook, Thai gong on 2 J-hooks, and bell plate on 1 J-hook.
Switchboard in the Practice/Teaching Studio -Left: xylo, rubber, vibe, timp, and soft marimba mallets; Top: mechanical pencil, tuning fork, and conducting baton in corner holes, 6" pad, 1 pair SD sticks and 2 pairs of marimba mallets (each in their own divot); Right: Your favorite beverage and a metronome; Bottom: drum key/wrench, wire brushes, and extra towel. All mounted via 10 switchhooks, 2 J-hooks, and 1 L-hook