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Old 04-10-2012, 02:39 PM
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i'm living in an apartment house, thus im greatly limited in practice drumming on my real drum kit. im learning double bass drum and i need lots of exercise. thus i really need a practice pad. ive seen Pearl's BD10 and DW's Steve Smith bass drum pad on Amazone.com, and both seem very convincingly good. but ive never used it and i don't know the feel they produce. So has anyone used one of the pad? please tell me if it's good enough! also, I've heard that Gibraltar GBDP bass drum pad is good, but i've never heard of this brand before....if only somebody can tell me! P.S. i own a pair of Pearl Demon Drive. Thanks! :D

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Old 04-10-2012, 04:34 PM
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My experience with the DW wasn't so good: squeaked a lot and not very stable. For me, the Gibraltar is much better: feels more like a real bass drum, doesn't squeak, very stable. I've had very experienced instructors recommend using a bass pad from an e-kit: more expensive but better feel and more stable.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:52 AM
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For me, the Gibraltar is much better: feels more like a real bass drum, doesn't squeak, very stable.
Agreed. I'm not a fan of the Pearl pads for that very reason (haven't played the DW but it looks to be very similar). It is just far too hard and feels nothing at all like a bass drum head. I find there is a little more give with the Gibraltar style pads that makes the transfer from pad to bass drum a lot easier: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums...-bass-drum-pad
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:12 AM
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Agreed. I'm not a fan of the Pearl pads for that very reason (haven't played the DW but it looks to be very similar). It is just far too hard and feels nothing at all like a bass drum head. I find there is a little more give with the Gibraltar style pads that makes the transfer from pad to bass drum a lot easier: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums...-bass-drum-pad
2nd, 3rd this one. You can even replace the pad. Close to real feel too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:05 AM
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the gibraltar pad probably is the best and gives the best feel.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:43 AM
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Gibraltar (I've had all the others)!
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:22 PM
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I've got the Gibraltar one and it feels great but it's def noisier than something harder and solid like the pearl.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:42 PM
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Not a stand-alone pad, but I'm using a SoundOff bass silencer on one of my bass drums:

http://www.zzounds.com/item--HHQSOBASS

If you mount it so it's not touching the head, it's really quiet. Gives a pretty decent feel, allows you to use your normal bass drum, and if you mount it so it just touches the head, you get a quieter version of your normal bass sound.
I like it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:50 PM
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I've only tried the pearl and the gibraltar. Definitely prefer the gibraltar due to the feel. The pearl felt too bouncy for me. Was easier for me to move to the real bass drum after practicing on a gibraltar than after the pearl.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:40 PM
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I've used the Pearl one and the DW one. I prefer the DW one. I've never had the squeaking issue someone described above, and the fold up feature is nice if you ever need to pack it away in a trap case or something. Makes it much much smaller.

And if you've never heard of Gibraltar, I'd suggest you look at them more often. They make excellent products, and some of my favorite hardware is from them.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:43 PM
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After looking around, it appears that Sound Percussion makes a rip off of the Gibralter one. Its a little cheaper and probably just as good. But I have never used it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:42 PM
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I have the Gibraltar one. If you use plastic beaters, stick something on the pad to protect it (a regular kick patch would be perfect). My plastic beaters seemed to heat up, soften, and then wear away at the rubber.

I also practice pretty hard so had to attach a 1kg dumbbell weight to the top of the pad to make it more stable. Not that I had any major problems with stability to start with, just my preference.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:50 PM
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Another vote for the Gibraltar pad. It's by far the best one i've used. I keep one under my desk at work.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:07 PM
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You could buy the hart dynamics bass drum head. It's mesh and is pretty quiet. I personally don't like the feel because it's more "bouncy" and gives more rebound then a regular head.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:30 PM
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This for 5 $ and couple hours of work... ;p



Dont laugh but I use it in Camping to practice when away from the kit...

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Any opinions, or has anyone used the DW Steve Smith version?
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Sorry for bumping an old thread, kind of.
What you guys think about the HQ Real Feel (made by Evans, by the way) bass drum practice pad? Seems like the perfect one for me.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:06 AM
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Sorry for bumping an old thread, kind of.
What you guys think about the HQ Real Feel (made by Evans, by the way) bass drum practice pad? Seems like the perfect one for me.
Same construction as the Pearl and DW pads......way too hard for my tastes. Nothing at all like a bass drum IMHO.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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