Iron cobra or pearl demon drive

harrisal21

Junior Member
I'm looking at getting a new bass drum pedal and am trying to decide between either the tama iron cobra 900 or pearl demon drive. I know it's kind of like comparing two different beasts as one is chain driven and the other is direct drive. I'm looking for the best balance between speed and power.
 

Rhythm666

Well-known member
You also have the demon drive with a chain, I have played the IC for years and am happy with the overall speed and balance. Never tried the demons but I'm also a fan of the eliminators
 

Woolwich

Silver Member
You’ll get people who own one pedal telling you that it’s good, and people who own the other pedal telling you that it’s good, you need to put your foot on each to see. Both are high quality, excellently performing pedals from well established manufacturers and it depends on how they feel to you. I had an Iron Cobra Junior and thought it was just average. I’ve now got a Pearl Demonator and think it’s great. However the fact is that for me it’s down to the cam shape and if the Iron Cobra had had an offset cam (do they call it the speed cam?) I would have loved it.
 

drumnut87

Well-known member
best advice i can give is the same as above, see if you can try either pedal out and see what feels better for you to play on :)
 

Rock Salad

Junior Member
I have the Demon with the direct drive and I like it, our singer has an Iron Cobra and i like it too. They are both good. They feel pretty different though.
Can't go wrong either way, both are built like tanks.
 

AZDRUMZ

Well-known member
I'm looking at getting a new bass drum pedal and am trying to decide between either the tama iron cobra 900 or pearl demon drive. I know it's kind of like comparing two different beasts as one is chain driven and the other is direct drive. I'm looking for the best balance between speed and power.
well, the pearl has an optional chain drive option if that is what you´re looking for. the IC is a money saver being only $449.99 and the pearl being over $700.
 

lefty2

Platinum Member
You should check out the speed cobra instead of the iron cobra as a comparison against the demon drive. The demon Dr. is extremely adjustable. And I think that it can be with or without heel plate. I have the speed cobra and like it a lot
 

TJK

Well-known member
well, the pearl has an optional chain drive option if that is what you´re looking for. the IC is a money saver being only $449.99 and the pearl being over $700.
Never understood why pearl would not put the changeable cams on the demon. Wtf is the point of the chain
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Get the cheapest Tama or Pearl available and blow everyone away with your incredible technique like Jojo Mayer did at the Modern Drummer Fest in 2005. He was using a cheap single chain Pearl pedal that day that didn’t even have a plate.
 

AZDRUMZ

Well-known member
Never understood why pearl would not put the changeable cams on the demon. Wtf is the point of the chain
you have a point, the eliminators have 4 cams and the demons have none. plus, not everyone likes the feel of a direct drive, but at the same time might want the demon drive, it does have an interchangeable footboard
 

Stevedot2

Well-known member
I bought a second hand set of demon drives a couple of years ago. Couldn't get the settings right, they were either powerful but difficult at speed, or fast but lacking power. Technique probably had something to do with this but they just didn't work for me.

Incidentally, I've since bought a second hand set of iron Cobra power glides and they work perfectly for me. Similar to my DW9000s, which unfortunately got stolen :(
 
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