I have been playing an Iron Cobra for years and recently upgraded to this Speed Cobra. WOW huge difference! The Iron Cobra is a great pedal that is built like a tank, never had a single problem with it. That being said....the Speed Cobra is lighter, faster, more responsive, and it hits hard. I can feather the bass drum, or pound it for a straight ahead groove. Took me about an hour of adjusting the beater angle and spring tension to dial this thing in, but once I did it felt totally natural. The DW 9000 is also a great feeling pedal, but for the price this thing plays just as good..if not better in my opinion. The foot board is very long, but if you have big feet this will be appreciated! Hands down this is the best Tama pedal I have played...and is one of the best on the market.