Re: My take on the Tama Speedcobra.....
I've been playing the Speedcobra double pedal for about a year and a half now, and I gotta say I really love it. I do agree with you that it is a little odd at first, but once you get used to it's particular feel, you'll be set. I'm at the point now where if I use a 'normal' length pedal, I find it hard to do what I can with my Speedcobra; probably not a good thing!
I have my spring tension close to being maxed, and I have the cobra coils brought back to the "high" setting, although this is done to counteract my ported reso, and medium-tensioned batter head. This way I still get a good rebound!
And I do love how smooth these pedals are. I've played a few direct drive pedals, and in comparison, I'll say that I prefer the feel of the Speedcobra. Mind you, this is probably because of how familiar I am with it, but that being said,even after messing around with some direct drive settings, I still prefer the feel of a chain-driven pedal.
Cheers, and enjoy your Speedcobra!
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