Instant improvement to my double bass playing
WOW! Blown Away is right. I have been drumming off and on for about 22 years and have been suffering on the same chain-driven, low-end knockoff double kick pedal for almost all of them. I have always thought these good pedals are way too expensive. Well, 22 years of endless tweaks and practice and trying to improve have not yielded great results, so I decided to pull the trigger.
The only regret I had after installing and setting up and testing these was "Why did I wait so long to do this for myself?"
I can only compare to my rickety Pacific pedals from 2001, but everything about these is a solid upgrade and I don't see a need to ever purchase another set of pedals. The build quality is amazing - nice, smooth, dense metal. Great touches like the anodized friction bumps. They come out of the box set to the "SPEED" preset and I didn't change anything. They bounce back so nicely and your feet stay glued to them - the transference is so much more natural.
Note for Electronic players: I attached these to the kick of an Alesis DM10X mesh kit. I'm glad I read the review that said the pad was coming off on the electronic kit, because I investigated, and it turns out the attachment clamp on the pedal is reversible and fits _exactly_ behind the ridge on the electronic plate. Pearl thought of everything with this one.
The balance on these pedals is great. My left pedal doesn't have any kind of block behind it, and it's on a rug. The left pedal on the Demon Drive hardly drifts at all, even unsupported, whereas I would have to track in sections before and move the pedal back to me.
They are convertible to longboards as well, and come in a gorgeous hard zippered case.
This is perfect out of the box, but customizable enough to help you figure out what style and settings work the best. Highly recommended - I'm excited about practicing again.