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Old 11-22-2010, 08:13 PM
gjg1986 gjg1986 is offline
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Default Longboards in a nutshell

I'm sure the whole longboard vs shortboard debate has been going on for yonks on this board but I was just wondering if someone could enlighten me as to what the supposed benefits of longboards are and how they are supposed to alter the pedal feel. The stores round here have very light drum stock so I can't try any for myself but I just find it interesting that all the newer generations of pedals (speed cobra, demon drive) are longboards. If someone could just quickly fill me in on the pros of longboards and why manufacturers seem to be turning to them I'd appreciate it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:26 PM
ricc333 ricc333 is offline
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Default Re: Longboards in a nutshell

The thinking is with longboard pedals is that the longer footboard gives drummers more room for technique things like sliding your foot up to play doubles and triples. Another theory I've heard is that the added weight gives pedals a little more heft, even with the springs really cranked.

The first thing, I don't think matters so much. The second, I've kind of noticed on my own....marginally. Sometimes if your pedal is really cranked tight for, say, double bass speed, it doesn't feel right when you switch back to slower, groove kind of playing. Longboards seem to address that a bit...or it might just be a happy accident.

Like a lot of things, it really just comes down to what you like best. I've used both long and regular pedals. I use a regular Iron Cobra now. If you were blindfolded and could only play, you probably couldn't tell which is which.
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