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Old 12-13-2007, 04:44 AM
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I recently came acoss an old Ludwig Speed King pedal, I hadn't used one since I was a teenager. I'm currently using a new DW 5000 pedal, and although the DW pedal is smoother there is something about the feel of the Speed King that was appealing. It almost seemed be a part of my foot, where as the DW seems almost too smooth if that makes sense. Anyway, the DW will still be my main pedal, but I'm going to work with the Speed King and maybe enventually make it my primary pedal.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:41 AM
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Maybe a Speed King with a floor plate?
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:31 AM
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does it have any springs on it? i not exactly familiar with this pedal and i couldnt see any.
if it doesnt, how does it work?
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:54 PM
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It has compression springs in the two posts on the side. Unlike most pedals now that have expansion springs that are visible. Part of the reason for the way it feels. You push down spring compresses, you let off the spring expands to bring the beater back.
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:49 PM
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It has compression springs in the two posts on the side. Unlike most pedals now that have expansion springs that are visible. Part of the reason for the way it feels. You push down spring compresses, you let off the spring expands to bring the beater back.
quite the smart design, are there any pedals out now like this? i dont think ive seen any that dont have expansion springs apart from that Trick pedal that looks like its from the year 3000
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:07 PM
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Speedking pedals are still around. I always thought about getting one.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:57 AM
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Tama made the King Beat pedal (6755) http://www.tama.com/history/history_detail.asp?i=54 which was a direct drive compression spring pedal.
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Speedking pedals are still around.
awesome, i might have to look out for one, i really wanna see what they feel like
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:31 AM
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awesome, i might have to look out for one, i really wanna see what they feel like
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:16 AM
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:14 PM
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Tama made the King Beat pedal (6755) http://www.tama.com/history/history_detail.asp?i=54 which was a direct drive compression spring pedal.
Thanks for that page, as I still have my Tama Pro-Beat pictured at the left. Over 20 years old and working just fine (after fixing the stripped-out spring clip bolt about ten years ago), though I tend to use my 7 year-old Iron Cobra more often.

And not to hijack this thread, but at this Tama history page you can see their first multi-clamps. I bought two of the model 66 and used them to put three cymbals on one stand. I thought it was revolutionary! It was so nice to eliminate two tripod bases from my hardware case. One of the clamps has stripped out and died, but the other is still in regular service after 23 years, though getting a little fussy (I also have one of the 62MC clamps and it's doing fine as well, though has not been used nearly as much). Kudos to Tama's engineering.

Back to the Speed King: I did play one all through school and for my first few pro years, but the Pro-Beat replaced it. The name Squeak King was quite appropriate! (You can ever hear that squeak on same classic albums.)

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Old 12-14-2007, 11:07 PM
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I had a couple of squeak kings when i was youger. I always hated that i had to take the pedal off to adjust the spring tension.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:26 PM
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I oiled my SK a year and half ago and haven't heard a peep out of it yet. The key with the new ones is to get rid of the platic collar! It actually makes the sqeaking worse. I'll never go back to my DW pedal except in an emergency but that's why I have two SKs. It's been noted about the feel being more natural and I agree. They seem to really shine on kicks with tightly tuned batter heads.

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Old 12-24-2007, 09:30 PM
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Man, talk about bringing back memories.. My first pedal was a SK.. and I loved it.. I used one for about 2 or 3 years before moving to a Camco.. (and then to DW's gear after they bought Camco).

I'm a sucker for new stuff though... LOL

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