My Demon drive Single Kick Pedals
I bought these pedals after thinking for about 3 months. Everyone I have ever known used chain drive pedals and honestly I didn't see much difference between any brands. Other than each pedal has its own feel. I was working to learn "heel toe" double bass using stock Pearl single pedals. Even after trying more expensive double bass chain drive pedals friends owned, it still Felt the same in general. I'm not one that believes gear makes anyone a better drummer and I've always said otherwise. Once I got the pedals I was initially disappointed and let down. Every time I hit the bass it just felt "off". Like just a single note wasn't what it use to be and I didn't like that at all. Once I got the feel for the pedal after a few hours it still felt impossible for "heel toe" even after adjusting spring tension. Almost as bad as when I first ever tried to start learning it. I thought about sending them back that night. Then I read reviews. I became determined I was gonna find the greatness others had found in it. I went out on a limb and ordered them blindly so I owed it to myself to give it another go. I spent the next day trying every setting adjustment systematically until I found what works. Let me tell you, my view hasn't changed exactly as far as gear making good drummers. But these pedals weren't working against me. In hind sight the chain drive pedals I had used were most definitely were holding me back with this method it appeared. I can say that because I had been practicing the method well beyond 500 hours trying to perfect it. I was getting close to really having it. When I got the Demon Drive Single Pedals for each bass drum adjusted and fine tuned everything just came together and felt natural. I can't really explain what felt "off" initially. The best I can describe it is I think it was the responsiveness of the direct drive as opposed to chain drive. What you play is what you get might be what I'm trying to say? The box says "Heavenly feel" and "Wickedly fast". Those discriptions of this pedal are tremendously understated in my opinion. These pedals didn't and don't make me a better drummer. They did increase the limit of how well I could do things. The old saying "a good drummer can hide bad drums but good drums can't hide a bad drummer" is very true. Another truth is your musicianship outgrows some equipment. For me this allowed me to progress further. If your kid or yourself learned an instrument in grade school band. Then you know in high school many kids move from the beginner cheap instrument to intermediate/professional instruments. Not because one doesn't work. But because the other facilitates growth and a few other things. These pedals are the upgrade I needed to make and they were worth every cent.
The only problem I had was with one pedal. The spring attachment had a fine crack that started where you tighten it with a drum key to adjust the pedal angle. It looked like it most likely happened in manufacturing. However, I informed my sales guy about it. He sent me to who I needed to talk to and they replaced it. I had found the crack when I was making finer adjustments the next week and it was tiny. May not have even been a problem. But it looked like it was a running crack and I couldn't chance keeping it. Honestly I didn't want to send it back and be without while waiting on a new one. I was and still am in love with these pedals.
I have never had a more exemplary experience with customer service anywhere. Especially with music stores. They sent me return info and shipping label. All I had to do was put the damaged pedal and box back in the shipping box, slap on the return shipping label, and send it back. It was fast, efficient, and well done. I'll also point out this isn't the first time or only way I felt overly impressed with Sweetwater Customer Service. They really have it together in my experience. It's always been a dread to think about buying equipment with other stores for me. It is not that way with Sweetwater. It's as awesome as having packages delivered. Honestly...maybe better!