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Old 09-26-2010, 07:35 PM
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Default 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

I've never played a 26, only 22's and 24's. I may be getting a Ludwig Classic Maple with a 26 BD. I was wondering what pedal you guys were using to get the beater closest to the center of the head? It's really more a beater/beater length question rather than a pedal question but I figured I'd throw it out there and get some thougts and input Or maybe you prefer to not have the beater centered? Just wondering because teh 26 is a completely different animal to me.


I may actually start another thread over on the "drum" gear section and talk about the 26 so check it out.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

You really need to just try a few out ... and see what you like. The quickest way, I've found, to change out my kick drum "sound", is to change out the beater. I play Yamaha Direct Drive pedals, and the stock Yamaha hard felt beater, is probably my "default" beater. Very similar to the hard felt beaters that came with the old Ludwig Speed King pedal, and a number of "other" pedals ... from back in the day.
Currently, with my 26", I'm using a Vater VB. Lovely, for "feathering" the kick. I can get a lot more "expression" out of the VB, but the trade-off is "rebound". It takes a lot more effort (on my part) to get fast double, triple, and fourple's.
I have a box of different beaters (8) ... hard felt, soft felt, wood, plastic, square, round, combo's ... different tools, for different jobs.
I always tend to center the beater "impact zone", on the bass head.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:46 PM
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

My DW 9000's are fine, They hit a right around the center of the head.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:25 AM
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

I have a 26 and a 28 and manage to use a DW9000/5000, and Yammy FDD just fine with stock, and danmar beaters. I get pretty close to perfect on the 26, and a little under on my 28.
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

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I have a 26 and a 28 and manage to use a DW9000/5000, and Yammy FDD just fine with stock, and danmar beaters. I get pretty close to perfect on the 26, and a little under on my 28.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:47 AM
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

If you half 26" you get 13 most standard beaters will give you 13" and its easy to go over center on a 26 with a standard beater.

Most drummers play their beaters over the center line of the head and most all pedals are spec'd with their shafts right about 7" ... sort of industry standard.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:17 PM
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

Long Danmar wood beaters work great for me when I'm playing 26" drums.

Experiment with WHERE the beater hits. I find I get better attack and rebound hitting below center, but a little less low-end. I prefer this for 26"ers usually.
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Default Re: 26 inch Bass Drum owners - pedal question

I don't subscribe to the idea that the beater needs to hit the center, or anywhere near it for that matter.

I'm a 26" kick owner, but lately I've been playing a 36" drum. Obviously the beater hits no where near the center, but I love the tone. I get more tone out of the drum if the beater is off center. I can always add more "punch" or "attack", either by varying my playing technique or by getting creative with muffling. I have exactly as much as I need.
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