Bass Drum Pedal Adjustment Questionnaire

vxla

Silver Member
A quick questionnaire for bass drum pedal adjustments. I can wrap all the replies up in a spreadsheet if interested. Try and keep in mind that this is for your main pedal(s), in case some of you have more than one set, etc.

  1. What brand and model of pedal?
  2. Single or double pedal?
  3. Style(s) of music you mainly play?
  4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?
  5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?
  6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?
  7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?
  8. Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive?
  9. Cam system: round or non-round?
  10. Footboard: split foot board or long board?
  11. Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, rubber, or leather?
  12. Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)?
  13. Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)?

Thanks!
 
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cDark3r

Member
A quick questionnaire for bass drum pedal adjustments. I can wrap all the replies up in a spreadsheet if interested. Try and keep in mind that this is for your main pedal(s), in case some of you have more than one set, etc.

  1. What brand and model of pedal?
  2. Single or double pedal?
  3. Style of music you mostly play?
  4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?
  5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?
  6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?
  7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?

Thanks!

  1. Pearl P-100 (*Facepalm*)
  2. Single
  3. Harder stuff, Rock, pop, punk and grunge.
  4. Heel up.
  5. 3,5 maybe.
  6. 2.
  7. 2,5 - 3 maybe.
  8. Single chain
  9. Standard round Pearl cam
  10. Split
  11. Plastic.
  12. No.
  13. The "Jared Falk" Version for quick doubles yes.
 
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Dignan

Silver Member
I'll chime in for another Chicago drummer.

1. Pearl Eliminator and DW3000
2. Single
3. Rock, alt rock, light rock. Getting into Jazz
4. I play a hybrid of both
5. 2.5/3 tightness
6. 1 (beater forms 50 degree angle with bass drum head at rest)
7. 2
8. Chain
9. Round/linear
10. split
11. felt and plastic
12. no
13. Yes


EDIT: Updated for additional questions
 
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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
1. Pearl P-902
2. Double
3. Metal, and whatever else I feel like
4. Heel up
5. 4
6. 3
7. 4
8. Chain
9. Round
10. Split
11. Plastic
12. No
13. Sort of (not for super fast double kick though)

I am surprised there is not a long or short board question, or a drive system/cam preference either.
 
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bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
  1. Taye Metalworks
  2. Single
  3. Pop. Rock
  4. Up
  5. 3
  6. 2
  7. 3
  8. Chain
  9. non-round cam
  10. split foot board
  11. felt and plastic
  12. no counter weight(s)
  13. no heel-toe
 
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bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
I am surprised there is not a long or short board question, or a drive system/cam preference either.

I've yet to see a survey here that was suitably specific or comprehensive.
 

coolhand1969

Senior Member
A quick questionnaire for bass drum pedal adjustments. I can wrap all the replies up in a spreadsheet if interested. Try and keep in mind that this is for your main pedal(s), in case some of you have more than one set, etc.

  1. What brand and model of pedal?
  2. Single or double pedal?
  3. Style of music you mostly play?
  4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?
  5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?
  6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?
  7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?

Thanks!

Gibralter, not sure the model, but top of their line
Only Single
Straight up blues based Rock n Roll
Heel up
Tightest 5
Probably 3
4 for the batter and hand tightened only for the reso
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Those are not data that I'm interested in collecting for my immediate needs, but I'll modify this and add them. Feel free to edit your replies; I've added questions 8-13 to try and make the survey more comprehensive.

Thank you, much better, I've updated my responses!

Bermuda
 

markiet1966

Senior Member
1. What brand and model of pedal? - Tama Speed Cobra
2. Single or double pedal? - Single
3. Style(s) of music you mainly play? - Rock, Pop, Blues
4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down? - Heel up
5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)? - 3
6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)? - 2
7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)? - 2
8. Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive? - Chain
9. Cam system: round or non-round? - Non round
10. Footboard: split foot board or long board? - Split
11. Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather? - Felt
12. Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)? - Yes
13. Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)? - No

Mark
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
  1. Yamaha Flying Dragon
  2. Single
  3. rock
  4. heel up
  5. 3.5
  6. about 4" from the bass drum head
  7. 3
  8. direct drive
  9. no cam
  10. split
  11. wool, or felt
  12. no
  13. no



 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
1. What brand and model of pedal? Mapex Falcon
2. Single or double pedal? Single
3. Style(s) of music you mainly play? Rock, Pop, Funk.
4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down? Heel Up
5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)? 3
6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)? 2
7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)? 3
8. Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive? Strap
9. Cam system: round or non-round? Round
10. Footboard: split foot board or long board? Split long board
11. Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather? Felt, plastic
12. Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)? Yes
13. Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)? No
 

Beam Me Up Scotty

Silver Member
  1. What brand and model of pedal?
  2. Single or double pedal?
  3. Style(s) of music you mainly play?
  4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?
  5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?
  6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?
  7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?
  8. Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive?
  9. Cam system: round or non-round?
  10. Footboard: split foot board or long board?
  11. Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather?
  12. Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)?
  13. Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)?

Thanks!

1. Tama Speedcobra
2. Double
3. Rock / Hard Rock
4. Both
5. 5
6. 3
7. 4
8. Strap
9. Round
10. Longboard
11. Wood
12. Technically yes, but they're placed so low so as to be memory locks, and have no effect on the feel
13. Yes
 

alvanko

Senior Member
What brand and model of pedal?………………………..Iron Cobra P
Single or double pedal?……………………………………Single
Style(s) of music you mainly play?……………………….Rock
Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?………………Heel down
Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?…………..Tight 4-4.5
Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?Far
Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?….2.5 medium
Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive?………..Chain
Cam system: round or non-round?………………………..Power stroke
Footboard: split foot board or long board?……………….Split?
Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather?……………..Felt
Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)?…………………..Yes
Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)?………………….No
 
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bud7h4

Silver Member
What brand and model of pedal? Tama Speed Cobra
Single or double pedal? double
Style(s) of music you mainly play? metal, prog rock
Do you mostly play heel up or heel down? heel up
Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)? 3.5
Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)? 3.5
Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)? 4
Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive? chain
Cam system: round or non-round? round
Footboard: split foot board or long board? long board
Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather? felt
Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)? no
Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)? no

What brand and model of pedal? Tama Iron Cobra
Single or double pedal? double
Style(s) of music you mainly play? metal, prog rock
Do you mostly play heel up or heel down? heel up
Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)? 3.5
Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)? 3.25
Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)? 4
Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive? chain
Cam system: round or non-round? non-round
Footboard: split foot board or long board? split-board
Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather? felt
Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)? no
Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)? no
 
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Bretton

Silver Member
  1. Axis X
  2. singles on two bass drums
  3. Metal
  4. heel up
  5. subjective... but formerly 5, now 2.5 I'd say
  6. subjective again... but whatever you'd call 45 degree angle at rest.
  7. 2.5
  8. direct
  9. non round
  10. longboard
  11. plastic, stock axis
  12. no
  13. yes
 

wsabol

Gold Member
What brand and model of pedal? Yamaha Flying Dragon
Single or double pedal? Single
Style(s) of music you mainly play? Funk/Blues/Hip-Hop/Jazz/Country
Do you mostly play heel up or heel down? Heel Down
Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)? 1
Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)? 2
Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)? 2.5
Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive? Chain
Cam system: round or non-round? No Cam
Footboard: split foot board or long board? Standard footboard
Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather? hard felt
Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)? NO
Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)? Yes
 
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schist

Silver Member
A quick questionnaire for bass drum pedal adjustments. I can wrap all the replies up in a spreadsheet if interested. Try and keep in mind that this is for your main pedal(s), in case some of you have more than one set, etc.

  1. What brand and model of pedal?
  2. Single or double pedal?
  3. Style(s) of music you mainly play?
  4. Do you mostly play heel up or heel down?
  5. Spring adjustment (1 = loosest, 5 = tightest)?
  6. Beater placement from head (1 = furthest, 5 = closest)?
  7. Bass drum batter head tension (1 = loose, 5 = tight)?
  8. Chain, strap, direct drive, or other type of drive?
  9. Cam system: round or non-round?
  10. Footboard: split foot board or long board?
  11. Beater types: plastic, wood, felt, or leather?
  12. Do you use counter weight(s) (yes/no)?
  13. Do you use a heel-toe method (yes/no)?

Thanks!

1. Axis A
2. Double
3. Extreme metal
4. Heel-up
5. 5
6. 3
7. ~2.5
8. Direct drive
9. N/A
10. Split footboard
11. Wood (Danmar)
12. No
13. No
 
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