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Old 01-25-2013, 12:38 PM
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Default HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

In Tommy Igoe's DVD "Great hands for a lifetime", the pad used is described as the "HQ Real Feel". Is this the same pad as the Evans Real Feel or is the HQ a different make?
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:44 PM
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Default Re: HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

From comparing pics I've found on the web it looks it's the same stuff, just different labeling.

I have the HQ RealFeel pads in 12'' and 6'' size, they're great.
Also check out the new Ludwig P4 pad, that one has a few innovative features.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:38 PM
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Default Re: HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

Thanks, Arky. Is the 2-sided pad worth buying or is the one sided version all that is needed?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:49 PM
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Default Re: HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

Good question. I got my HQ pads at different times and when I bought the smaller one my store only had the 1-sided version so I couldn't compare them. (I got the version with the built-in 'snare sound', created by a chamber filled with metal balls - nice for practicing.)

I think it would be nice to have the double sided version - the other (darker) material is harder and has a different rebound feel. I'm sure you get a very close playing feel when using the blue area on the Ludwig P4 pad, and the P4 has 4 different pad materials laid out as various playing areas.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:43 AM
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Default Re: HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

Two-sided is the better deal. The softer side is quieter and gentler, but the hard side makes it very easy to hear how consistent you are extracting the same response between right and left-handed strokes. Very useful. You can really hear the sticks.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:42 AM
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Default Re: HQ Real Feel 12" practice pad

Evans bought HQ so they now make the Real Feel practice pad that HQ made for years, so no it doesn't matter which you get.

The RealFeel pads are very nice and I've used them for years but I wouldn't say they are the ultimate practice pad. In my experience, they will feel very nice and last for many years. The double sided ones are great since the second side is easier to hear how you're playing.

Still, many other brands make perfectly good practice pads now. Last time I went shopping for one I found many that were perfectly fine. Still, I bought an HQ because that's what I've always had.

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