Re: New iron cobras = useless tama....
Never had a problem with mine and had it a few years, and I often, but not always, bury the beater (I prefer to say I don't release it, bury it implies I'm constantly trying to impale the drum). I have the spring pretty loose though.. I can only imagine yours was as tight as it could go?
I am going to start taking a spare spring to gigs with me now though just in case!