You're not the first person who's said this, and now that I think about it, I kind of feel the same way... and then some. In fact, after my experience with the 9000s, I not only went back to the 5000s, I actually like the single-chain model better than the double-chain. The single-chain model has a smaller footboard, lower heel plate, and smaller baseplate. Not only does it feel like a lighter PLAYING pedal that seems to offer more control, it also takes up less of a footprint, as well as is easier to cart around. Lately, I've been thinking I'm due for a new set of double pedals, and have been considering Mapex's Falcons, which seem like a closer match in size to the old 5000s like I have, but I'm afraid I might not like the longer footboards. I'm now thinking about a DW5000 vs. Mapex Falcon thread.I first bought the 5000 series in both double and single and then got the 9000 series for studio use only and then used the 5000s for gigging. I hate to admit it but I prefer the 5000s. Dont know why just do. Just feels right.
Ok, I play with a pretty damn decent PDP pedal, but i'm ready to upgrade to something that will increase my speed.
I had a dw5000 that I loved and tried to move to a 9000....... I found it very heavy and slow.... switched to demon drives instead and made a WORLD of difference.
Direct drive pedals feel strange to me. I did play a Ludwig Speed King a million years ago, but whenever I try a direct drive now, it's a bizarre sensation.