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Old 08-25-2011, 12:46 AM
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Default Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

Hi All,

You've helped me before, so hopefully you can step up again!

I'm looking to replace an old Pearl belt-driven pedal from my Pearl DX kit.
It's probably around 20 years old and has served me well, but I feel the urge to buy a new one.

Money is an issue, with my budget limited to around 50. I need a single pedal and don't need to play 240bpm on it, so a fairly solid basic pedal is all that's required. I tend to play basic rock, 1st and 3rd beat sort of thing.

After looking at Pearl P-900s and P-120Ps, I stumbled across a pedal from Gear4Music:

http://www.gear4music.com/Drums-and-...Drum-Pedal/104

At 25 it seems a little too good to ignore. Metal footplate, double-chain. No Iron Cobra, I know, but sounds pretty good for 25.

Has anybody had any experience of this pedal? I've found one review of the double equivalent on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7bDLq36Tr4

and they don't look too bad.

And yes, before you say it, I know I'm not going to get anything particularly impressive for under 50. Alas, I don't have the luxury of being able to spend 200 on a DW or an IC.

Thanks!

Chris.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:00 AM
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Default Re: Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

That pedal appears to be 1/2 of a Vex double pedal that I have and paid 99. USD for.
I guess 25. quid is not to bad. The only problem with my pedal are the bearings where the hinge of the foot plate is put together. It has a bit of wobble which when playing just doesnt feel right. Buyer beware.

You can see the Vex pedal here. The casting of the footboard is different, but I guarantee its the same pedal.
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

Thanks for the response.

So they've taken the Vex pedal and are selling it on as their own. Interesting!

I'm in two minds now. I might go the extra bit and get the P-900. Might work out better in the long run.

Thanks!

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:24 PM
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Default Re: Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

I was going to say that the Pearl P-900 pedal can be had for $70 USD. Isn't that about the same price of what you're willing to spend?
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:43 PM
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Default Re: Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MAPEX-CHAI...#ht_500wt_1156

Keep your eye on this eBay auction. I'd imagine this is a better pedal.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Big-Dog-Pr...#ht_500wt_1156

Or even this!
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: Gear4Music Heavy Duty Single Pedal

Yeah, you're right. I could pick up the P-900 for around 50. My dilemma was whether there was anything better, or as good, for a little less. Is buying a low-budget Pearl a false economy, or would it still be better than anything else of a similar price?

The ebay recommendations look good, but I'm after a single pedal (pretty rare on these forums, I know!). I might have a look for the two brands, though, see what's available in my price range (new or used!)

Thanks, again, for the useful feedback.

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Thanks for the response.

So they've taken the Vex pedal and are selling it on as their own. Interesting!

I'm in two minds now. I might go the extra bit and get the P-900. Might work out better in the long run.

Thanks!

Chris.
I think Vex or the same factory as Vex is rebranding the same pedal by changing the footboard.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:44 AM
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Yeah, you're right. I could pick up the P-900 for around 50. My dilemma was whether there was anything better, or as good, for a little less. Is buying a low-budget Pearl a false economy, or would it still be better than anything else of a similar price?

The ebay recommendations look good, but I'm after a single pedal (pretty rare on these forums, I know!). I might have a look for the two brands, though, see what's available in my price range (new or used!)

Thanks, again, for the useful feedback.

Chris.
I don't think the Pearl P-900 is their low-budget pedal. It's very similar to the Tama Iron Cobra Jr., and DW's DW3000/6000. So no, it's not false economy. I recommend staying with a big name brand because should you ever have to repair it, it'll be easier to get authentic replacement parts (like springs/S-hooks, chains).

And - there are more single-pedal players here and everywhere ;)
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:35 AM
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Old Yamaha singles are very cheap on eBay and they are excellent. Search for those too!
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