Bass drum pedal hitting screw.

Copeland

Active member
I've been fighting this effing pedal for four days now. I can't get footplate to stop hitting the claw screw when I stomp a beat. I have raised the footplate, but then it causes angle of the beater to go waaaayy back to like 70 degrees. And then it still hits the screw when I stomp, but just less so. I think ideal is like 45 degrees right? Anyway, the best I can do is to get the footplate to smack the claw screw at the same time as the drum head, which still produces an audible "click." I will try to post photos but the photo size limit on this site is ridiculously small. This is a Ludwig factory pedal that came with my new Ludwig Evolution Maple 6-piece kit.
 

Ronzo

Junior Member
Strange!
Maybe decrease the angle of beater slightly so it strikes head before hitting screw.
There has to be a comfort zone between pedal angle and beater angle.
Sorry but that’s my best guess.
 

Copeland

Active member
Also. Look at red arrow. There are two screws like this, are these just for anchoring the pedal? They turn into spikes under the pedal when I screw them in .
 

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Copeland

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Well let me rephrase that. Raising the bass drum helped. But it's just BARELY hitting the screw, but enough that I can still hear it. Just not as bad as before. And I still cant lower the footplate to improve my beater angle.
 
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Deleted member 525878

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Can the footboard angle be adjusted upwards slightly?
 
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Deleted member 525878

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Oops, sorry, you mentioned that. Maybe another T-screw?
 
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Deleted member 525878

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Oops, sorry, you mentioned that. Maybe another T-screw?
 

Copeland

Active member
I'm gonna try to insert cardboard on the drum hoop and see if that helps by requiring the screw to not have to fasten as much.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I'm gonna try to insert cardboard on the drum hoop and see if that helps by requiring the screw to not have to fasten as much.
That won’t help because the size of the T screw doesn’t change. It’s just there to make the clamp work. I agree the T-screw looks too big. But I’d also re-adjust and bring the beater back a little more, which raises the pedal up a bit.
 

SYMBOLIC DEATH

Senior Member
What about loosening the clamp a 1/4 turn so the the wing isn't hitting the pedal? You don't have to clamp the pedal to the hoop too much.

The other answer is because it's a Ludwig pedal. 😁


Runs and hides.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
Shorten the chain. There are two (2) points of attachment:
1. The slot in the side of the cam
2. Under the footboard

There is a good chance you can undo the one under the footboard and make an adjustment there. If not, remove a link at the top. It wont effect your beater angle at all.

If you do this then decrease your beater angle, you may run into this problem again. If you adjust your beater angle first, you can then adjust the chain accordingly.
 

Copeland

Active member
You guys have given me some great ideas to try if this reoccurs. Here's how I have solved it as of now. I raised the front of the bass drum like Noisy suggested, which angled the drum head slightly toward the beater. Then I inserted a hard plastic strip between the claw and the drum hoop. Then I tightened the claw onto that plastic, but not too tight. I kept enough play in it so that I could position wing at an angle where the pedal clears it. I played for about 10 mins and had no issues.
 
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