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.
I have both a DW 4000 and a Gibraltar Intruder. (Both single pedals). I find your comment above interesting. Do you seriously think that buying a more expensive (or better branded) pedal WILL increase your speed? I actually prefer my Intruder to my DW, even though it was significantly cheaper. I've found that my speed only increases with practice and getting used to the particular pedal I am playing at the time. I did a kit share at a Battle of the Bands type charity gig recently and the pedal was some non-branded single pedal - pretty heavy duty, but not particularly smooth. At first it was weird to play and I was struggling - after a 10 - 15 minutes it was ok and given a bit more time I don't think I would have been any slower than with my own pedals. In short - don't expect a sudden pedal upgrade to make you faster. Though the 'new gear' syndrome may make you practice a bit harder for a while, which may help .Ok, I play with a pretty damn decent PDP pedal, but i'm ready to upgrade to something that will increase my speed.
Isn't the 5000 a heavier pedal?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.
I also played the Speed King and the only suitable direct drive replacement I enjoy is the Yamaha Flying Dragon direct drive. I have had it a while and prefer it to the DW5000. Its infinitely adjustable which is nice. I did a side by side comparison yesterday and the Yamaha just felt more smooth to me.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.