Originally Posted by notjohnbonham
Hi. I've been reading about improving bass pedal technique and I hear people say stuff like (paraphrase) "it doesn't matter how good your pedal/equipment, if you don't have the skill to use it".
That's true, but the other side of the coin is that a cheap (or poorly adjusted) pedal will limit what your foot can do.
The good news is, most pedals in the $75+ range are pretty smooth, and adjustable enough to better allow your foot to be its best. Some are smoother than others or have a few extra adjustments to really dial them in, but even some lower-end pedals are really nice for the price. A few years ago Ludwig (and others) had a Gibraltar-made pedal with a black footboard for well under $100, which was surprisingly smooth and agile.
A new pedal by itself won't improve your technique, but it will allow
your technique to improve.