I found the Tama Speed Cobra HP910L to be excellent, but compared to the Yamaha FP-9500C the Tama felt a little rattly and ratty tatty under foot and the footboard had a bit of sideways play and the spring on the side was a bit rattly also. Although the footboard was nice and long, something I’m a fan of due to being a size 11 (UK) I did not like the deep cut-out grooves that run up either edge as I sometimes practice at home in either socks or bare-foot and when playing bare-foot I don’t like the way these two grooves dig into the ball of my foot and shred my foot when doing the ‘slide’ into the peddle technique for double-kicks.
Mostly yes.Agreed, but with every new generation after the initial Flying Dragon it seems Yamaha took away something. Still great pedals, but later the flying wings disappeared (no biggie), baseplate narrowed and no longer had the bend in it to help with uneven surfaces. The following model, lost the quick release attachment for a wing nut, beater memory locks and the ability to use the double as two singles. Eventually the strap drive and replacement straps were gone altogether. The latest pedal is stunning looking and well (over) engineered, but for me at least super unresponsive and heavy feeling.
I briefly tried one of the chain versions at NAMM a few years ago, and it was easily the best feeling pedal I've ever played. Too much $$$ for me though.I would like to try the DW MDD/MCD pedals just because. I've talked to a few players who've stomped on those and they say they're buttery smooth.
I feel the same as you, but the bottoms of my feet aren’t too sensitive and other people’s feet can be. I think a smooth board and heel plate should be an option, no?Excellent review.
I'm a DW5000 guy myself & agree with the cheese grater heel plate and footboard concern. I will say that as a barefoot player, it's not as bad as you think & even better with soled shoes.