"Simplicity. Essentially, it could be described as the soul and feel of a vintage pedal reincarnated in the technology of a 21st century body." - Jojo Mayer
THE MAIN PHILOSOPHY
The main philosophy behind this pedal is to achieve perfect harmony and interplay between the pedal’s moving parts and your foot. Due to careful design and perfectly balanced linear action any non-vital adjustments are obsolete and omitted on purpose.
Other than the pedal’s folding and mounting mechanism, all adjustments such as spring tension, footboard height and beater angle are classic, industry standard solutions.
LOW MASS DRIVE SYSTEM
The drive cam and beater hub are streamlined into a single unit for low mass and carefully calibrated for perfectly balanced strokes. Round cam design creates linear acceleration which is a major advantage for many hybrid techniques.
BALLISTIC FIBER STRAP
Minimizes inertia of the drive system and offers a quicker and smoother response than chain or solid drives.
Elongated and smooth footboard adds more leverage to the stroke and allows extended range of movement for heel toe and sliding techniques.
Folds the pedal into compact size for easy transportation with the push of a button. For extended lifespan, the spring can be dislocated and secured with a magnet when folded.
SELF MOUNTING CLAMP
Quick mounts the pedal with a single motion. Clamp adjusts to all hoop thicknesses.
In the past I've used both Tama's Iron Cobra and DW's 5000 series bass drum pedals. Both are excellent, but I thought I'd give this a try based on some of the reviews and videos I saw online. Quite simply, it has the smoothest action and is the best feeling pedal I've ever played. I practice in a rehearsal space, so the collapsing action is helpful for me because I carry my pedal around a lot. If I was just taking it from home to gig, I'd probably get the standard version and save a few bucks. The only situation where this pedal might not work is for those that require a night of heavy *and* fast playing. You can get good power out of this pedal with the right technique, and playing double and triple strokes is a breeze, but really athletic drummers may need to look elsewhere. That said, this pedal is perfect for my approach.
I've alternated between Tama's Iron Cobra and a DW 5000 pedal for many years, but this pedal is my go-to from here on out. It is quite simply the best feeling pedal I've ever played. It may not be the best choice for people who need to play either really loud or really fast, but it works for folks like me who don't have to play with an athletic approach. I can't recommend this pedal highly enough.