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Old 03-01-2012, 06:22 PM
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Default Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

Hi everyone,

I've noticed that when playing with my new Mapex Falcon double bass pedal, the beaters don't hit directly FLAT on the surface of the head. They're sort of angled so that most of the impact is made from the bottom 30% of the beater and the top 70% doesn't hit the head. Obviously this doesn't create as much of a loud sound as it should and is mainly annoying.

I have replaced the beaters with those from my Iron Cobra as you can adjust the angle of the beater head, which means I get a direct impact on the head and it really makes a difference when playing.

Any suggestions?
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:25 PM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

Well, its sounds like you solved the problem already? :) Or do you want to use the mapex beaters?
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:20 PM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

gibraltar also make a beater than rotates like the tama
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

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Any suggestions?
I have a Mapex Falcon, the beater hit the batter head with about 90% contact, I play with the rubber side of the beater with the 20g inserted and the stripe drive mounted, the beater is at full height on the pedal and my 22" bass drum is raised about an inch at the front (reso side), I do not have your problems, I have a solid full sound from my kick drum.

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Old 03-02-2012, 03:55 AM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

Beaters are beaters so stick with the Tama replacements. I know they made felt, rubber, and wood rotate-able beaters.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:22 AM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

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Beaters are beaters so stick with the Tama replacements. I know they made felt, rubber, and wood rotate-able beaters.
Yeah I agree, I kind of like the Falcon beaters though, especially with the interchangable weights etc. I'll have a play around with my beater/kick drum height etc. I already use the rubber Tama beaters, love them! Just a shame the Iron Cobras aren't as "fast" as the Falcons. The Speed Cobra just looked and felt naff in my opinion hence why I went with the Falcons.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:18 PM
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Default Re: Kick drum beater not hitting flat against kick drum head

Have you tried raising the drum by lengthening the spurs? Might change the angle.

Other than that the use of beaters with multiple beater surfaces seems like a good idea.
Pearl makes one with 4 surfaces too - two felt vs two hard plastic, and two different shapes (vertical curve vs horizontal curve)

Good luck!
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