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Old 05-27-2010, 01:44 PM
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Default DW 9000 Single Bass Drum Pedal Review and Pics

I've been using a DW 9000 pedal for a couple of months now and decided to post a review. The pedal is a substantial piece of drum equipment weighing in at approximately 6 lbs. The pedals are assembled in the USA with components manufactured in Taiwan and the USA.



Out of the box accessories included are:
*Reversible felt / plastic mallet
*Mallet memory lock
*Mallet weight
*Optional drive system nylon strap
*Rubber pad for bass drum hoop
*Optional toe stop
*DW Decal
*Two allen wrenches
*Drum key / allen wrench tool (clips to base)
*Nylon carry bag



The entire assembly is mounted to a sturdy aluminum base. The underside of the base has strips of Velcro, which does an excellent job of adhering the pedal to a low pile drum rug. There are two angled spurs to further anchor the pedal, however I find the spurs are not needed when using a drum rug as the Velcro is very sticky.



The pedal's operation is extremely quite, smooth and responsive. To me there is a nice weighted feel when my foot is pulled back far enough to see the dw logo and the 9 or part of the 9 on the footboard.



If you typically allow yourself to to get used to default settings when you buy something, out of the box this pedal feels pretty good. If your constantly tweaking with settings trying to get that perfect feel, then this pedal might keep you busy as there are many available adjustments and many settings within each adjustment.

The bass drum hoop clamp can be adjusted so the angle of the pinch can accommodate different hoop thicknesses. The actual opening and closing of the clamp shoots out to the right side allowing for easy access, not having to mess around underneath the foot board to clamp or remove the pedal.

Out of the box the pedal is equipped with a double chain. There is a nylon strap for players who prefer that. I haven't tried the nylon strap. From what I have read the nylon drive system allows for a more relaxed, floating pedal feel.



One of the adjustments I found complex is the torque adjustment. From the factory the pedal is set to the eccentric torque position (referring to the manual to remember this stuff). Eccentric = increased speed and sensitivity. A concentric adjustment can be made as well. Concentric = powerful and consistent feel. The book suggests concentric for general purpose playing. There is a lot of in-between on these settings. I have mine set somewhere in the middle.



Other adjustments to be made are the footboard angle and stroke distance. The heel platform can also be elevated, however this requires the purchase of a DW Pedal Customizing Kit. The stock heel platform is 3/4" from the floor. I play heel-up and never rest down one the heel platform.



The pedal has a 5-year limited warranty. Cast parts are covered moving parts are not. One thing to consider about the DW 9000 is it cannot be converted to a double-pedal set-up. If you have no interest in a double-pedal or want a solid dedicated single, of the choices out there this is nice option.



I really like the sturdy feel of this pedal. The footboard only moves two ways, down and up. There isn't any side to side play or that swinging hammock feel I have experienced with a more entry level pedal. Also, used in conjunction with a drum rug the kick drum doesn't budge (at least not in my applications).
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:32 AM
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Good review and great close ups mate.

I'm off single pedal shopping this weekend. Will definitely put my feet on them. Not sure I can justify the cost ($530 Aussie out here, for a single......the double is $950!!).

But I WILL be following the advice I give everyone else nonetheless and try out these, the 5000's, the DD's, Elim's and whatever else they have there.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:17 AM
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I have the Double DW9000 Pedal and it good, I dont think great in double pedal terms. I pretty much kept it because I use the single pedal more these days and single pedal wise it is very good. Very sturdy.

Man I should dig out the bag that came with mine I got way more accessories than your pics. I got springs, washers, bolts etc

Also the key with this I found to be rubbish, mine broke of when I used it and it wasn't used excessively....
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:50 PM
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Very solid review. I've got the same thing, but bought mine used. It was very much worth it; I honestly feel like I'll never need to buy another pedal again (although I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a single Iron Cobra). And I'd have to agree with you on the multitude of adjustments. Before I got it in I was using one of my friend's Pearl Power Shifter pedal and found it to very nice, and got used to it very quickly. Although with the 9000 I spent about two, maybe three weeks of fiddling around with adjustments thinking, "maybe if I do this, or this, or this, it'll feel better." Ultimately it came down to, "just shut up and play the thing and quit screwing around". About the only thing I touch on it now is slightly tightening the spring tension from time to time. I do find that adjusting the spring tension can be a little troublesome with where it is positioned. It'd be a little easier if it was on the outside of the post in my opinion.
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Hello, are you able to adjust both footboard and beater angle independently?
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:48 PM
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On a DW9000, yes. You can on a DW5000 as well, which is what I own.
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On a DW9000, yes. You can on a DW5000 as well, which is what I own.
Thanks for quick response. For some reason I couldn't find out from those pictures that are you able to adjust those things independently.

By the way, have you tried DW 9000 single pedal or Tama Iron Cobra w/ Power Glide Cam? If you have how would you compare those two pedals?
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:28 PM
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A little over a month ago I was auditioning several pedals and the DW 9000 was one of them. What I didn't really care for was that the spring was situated within the support columns. I have rather long feet and this did create a slight problem for me when I played heel down. I decided to go with the DW5000, although I hate the red baseboard, lol.

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Old 05-07-2011, 03:35 PM
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Thanks for quick response. For some reason I couldn't find out from those pictures that are you able to adjust those things independently.

By the way, have you tried DW 9000 single pedal or Tama Iron Cobra w/ Power Glide Cam? If you have how would you compare those two pedals?
Sorry to say I haven't tried them, but there are plenty of threads on comparisons around the 'Gear' sub-forum.
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A little over a month ago I was auditioning several pedals and the DW 9000 was one of them. What I didn't really care for was that the spring was situated within the support columns. I have rather long feet and this did create a slight problem for me when I played heel down. I decided to go with the DW5000, although I hate the red baseboard, lol.

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How long feet do you have? I have US size of 11.
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Another question, is there rubber or something similar on the bass drum hoop clamp which prevents the clamp scratching bass drum hoops?
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:49 PM
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I seem to remember my DW5000 coming with a rubber gasket that went on the bass drum hoop. It was a number of years ago, mind.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:43 PM
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How long feet do you have? I have US size of 11.

A U.S. 13 wide.

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