So I took the plunge and sent my Yamaha pedal to Michael at Drumnetics and had him convert it. And it's awesome!
He retrofitted my pedal so that it has magnets that provide the resistance and repulsion that the spring usually takes care of. Plus, he took off the double-chain, and installed a direct-drive instead. The action is just incredible.
The spring is actually still on the pedal. Now, it's only job is to stop the beater after the bounce-back from the drum.
Obviously, I'd be way into getting one of the actual Drumnetics pedals since they're supposed to be even better. But this was way more economical, and I couldn't be happier with the results.
The entire experience was fun, because Michael is a really nice guy, and we had a couple good phone conversations about the entire process. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I'll try to get some pictures up soon, and I'd be happy to answer any questions.
Last edited by Eand; 03-14-2013 at 12:25 PM.