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Old 02-27-2012, 09:02 AM
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Default Having trouble leveling bass drum pedal

I'm having trouble mounting my bass pedal to the bass drum, every time I tighten it, it starts leaning towards the left and the pedal ends up uneven on the floor, is there something I'm doing wrong? btw the pedal I have is a tama speed cobra.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:58 AM
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Default Re: Having trouble leveling bass drum pedal

Make sure the kick drum in even and square on the floor. You can tell by adjusting the bass drum legs until the kick drum looks level and true (by standing about 6ft away or more from the kick and visually seeing that the lugs on the kick look leval. Adjust the batter side (the side facing you, the drummer) so that its roughly 1/2 an inch above the ground. That should give you enough space to mount the pedal. Keep clamping the pedal from slightly left to right, until it looks straight an no longer "leans toward the left".
Have patients, youll get it straight.
Tama Cobra pedals are made to be mounted to virtualally any kick drum and be level.
patients and constant adjusting will yeild a perfect mounting position. Just keep trying, youll get it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:41 PM
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Don't forget the Cobra's mount is offset 1/2 inch.
Move the stirrup to the left when mounting.
The mounting clamp should be just right of center between the tension rods.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:57 PM
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Default Re: Having trouble leveling bass drum pedal

ive had this same problem with my cobras before too. Try loosening the top screw (the one on top of the clamp attachement) and just keep fidgeting until you get it. They should eventually work out! :-)
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:10 AM
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Default Re: Having trouble leveling bass drum pedal

I have used the same Tama IC for 10 years and I took off the clamp. I just slide the pedal under the kick and don't have anything to clamp down. It has worked and will continue to work for me. I always travel with a carpet so I don't have to worry about creep.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:29 AM
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I have used the same Tama IC for 10 years and I took off the clamp. I just slide the pedal under the kick and don't have anything to clamp down. It has worked and will continue to work for me. I always travel with a carpet so I don't have to worry about creep.
That's interesting. I've never seen that approach before of just removing the clamp!
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That's interesting. I've never seen that approach before of just removing the clamp!
Yep. Unscrewed the wingbolt and took the arm off.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:21 PM
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I have used the same Tama IC for 10 years and I took off the clamp. I just slide the pedal under the kick and don't have anything to clamp down. It has worked and will continue to work for me. I always travel with a carpet so I don't have to worry about creep.
Ya know, A few times when I have disassembled my kit after a gig I noticed that my Cobra was loose on the hoop. It wasn't clamped at all. The pedal never moved and it played fine.
I had probably forgot to tighten it down when I set up.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: Having trouble leveling bass drum pedal

Its a problem with a lot of people.

First make sure you bass drum is leveled. Do this on a flat surface like a slab floor, or wood floor no carpet. no pedal attached. When you raise/lower the spurs you want to feel the back (batter side) two bottom lugs making 'even contact' with the floor... its a feel thing. If the drum is not level it will rock on the higher lug when you lift the front of the bass drum slightly off the spurs, it should sit flat on those two bottom lugs.

Next mount the bass drum to the pedal, not the pedal to the bass drum. Make sure the pedal is flat on its plate, step on the pedal to hold it in place then gently slide the bass drum into the pedal clamp, this all being done on a flat surface, no carpet.

Once the bass drum is mounted to the pedal and there's no rocking, mark the bass drum hoop with tape, or sharpie pen on both sides of the pedal clamp.

You'll have to repeat this process if you remove the hoop.
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