Re: DW 9000 vs. DW 5000
The 9000s can be adjusted in so many ways that it's tough to believe anyone gave them a fair chance if they didn't adjust the pedal to not be tighter. That said, I do understand that they're not for everyone. I've got 9000s and 5000s, and I honestly prefer 5000s just as a personal preference. Pedals are like sticks: they're completely personal and you need to find what is best for you. Don't settle until you find the pedal that feels comfortable, even if it takes a bit of work to adjust things. Keep in mind that those "out of the box" settings, or what you find in a store, may not work for you.