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Old 05-13-2010, 01:45 PM
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Default DIY Pedal Practice pads

What are some DIY practice pads for pedals that people have used?
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:49 PM
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It turned out too bouncy for my liking, like most other kick pads I ever tried, so I don't really use it. A few days ago i tried using the padded back of my laptop backpack as a makeshift kick pad and it worked pretty well in fact, no excessive rebound and a pretty natural feel.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:54 AM
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Default Re: DIY Pedal Practice pads

In that picture the pedal is clamped to the pad...

...how did you clamp the pedal to the laptop bag?
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:02 AM
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It turned out too bouncy for my liking, like most other kick pads I ever tried, so I don't really use it. A few days ago i tried using the padded back of my laptop backpack as a makeshift kick pad and it worked pretty well in fact, no excessive rebound and a pretty natural feel.
That's really cool mate. I find it a shame it doesn't quite work for you. If you reduced the level of padding (maybe one ply of foam instead of two), would that help to acheive a more realistic feel?
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:36 PM
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In that picture the pedal is clamped to the pad...

...how did you clamp the pedal to the laptop bag?
I didn't, I just propped the bag against a coffee table. The pedal doesn't move because of its floor spikes and the bag doesn't move because of the table. It was mostly for experiment, but I might use the setup from time to time in the future.

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That's really cool mate. I find it a shame it doesn't quite work for you. If you reduced the level of padding (maybe one ply of foam instead of two), would that help to acheive a more realistic feel?
I've tried out a lot of different combinations with various combinations of layers of different foam rubber materials, silicone, faux leather and other materials, but I never found anything remotely close to the (lack of) rebound of a very loosely tuned kick drum head. This is hardly surprising though, since there is no kick practice pad that I know of on the market which actually feels close to such a loose kick head.
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