New pedal for a Speed King loyalist?

Skilas

Member
I had 2 at one time when I had twin kicks and I'll say they're bulletproof as far as durability. I did find that over time, the spring would get pretty weak and no amount of turn on the adjusting handle would help.
I'd gut it & see what's up. If the spring can be replaced with something modern, you'd have a pedal that would last for life.
That's funny. My used King Beat had an extremely hard spring. I could not play with it because the cap nut had dropped out before I reached the right tension. So I modified the spring unit. Since then, the pedal is a dream. Now the question arises whether my previous owner has installed a harder spring or Tama has changed something.
 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
Now the question arises whether my previous owner has installed a harder spring or Tama has changed something.
Good question. Take it apart and see if you can mod that one a bit to your liking. I miss the one I had because it was really simplistic. Pedals now have infinite adjustments, and while that's fine, it can reach a point of "too much".
 

theseer2

Junior Member
Good question. Take it apart and see if you can mod that one a bit to your liking. I miss the one I had because it was really simplistic. Pedals now have infinite adjustments, and while that's fine, it can reach a point of "too much".
Agree, I can adjust lots of new ones to give you double notes , like Bonzos Kashmir, with just one slam with ease and sometimes unwanted.
 

Sonorfan

Member
I used a Speed King pedal throughout the '80s and '90s and never gave it a second thought.
After about 20 years without playing drums, I decided to get a kit again and ended up with a cheap Pearl Forum series with a single chain P-890 pedal.
The response of the P-890 was incredibly slow, so I picked up a refurbished Speed King and I instantly noticed a huge improvement.

I've recently upgraded to a Gretsch Renown kit and I believe that I owe it to myself to see what other pedals may be a better fit for me than the Speed King.

1. I am anticipating that some will reply with, "if you like the Speed King, then why switch?"
As I have never played a pedal other than the Speed King and the Pearl P-890, I don't have a clue what other pedals I would prefer to the Speed King.

2. I also anticipate that some will reply with, "go to your local drum purveyor and try out a selection and see what you like."
I intend to do this as well, but I greatly value the expertise and opinions of my fellow forum drummers.

After my experience with the P-890, I have convinced myself that my issue is with chain drives and therefore I need a direct drive to get the action I prefer.
My opinion of chain drives may be off the mark based solely on the inferior P-890, without checking out other chain drive pedals.

So... for someone that has been a fan of the Speed King and wants to upgrade to newer technology, what does everyone suggest?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Look at my post re: Tama Iron Cobra.
Maybe it’s because I’m old but of all the pedals I’ve had in my 60 plus years this is the best I’ve ever owned by far. The adjustments are infinite for action and speed. Granted it’s a heavy piece of equipment but is so well made its worth the little extra weight especially as it comes with a sturdy lightweight, hard shell carrying case.
 

Frank

Gold Member
Try some direct drive pedals.

I always loved how Speed Kings felt. Wasn't in love with depending on a pedal no longer being produced.

Never bonded with another pedal as much as with a Speed King - until I tried a DD. I now use an inexpensive PDP Concept DD pedal. It feels great.
 

Sonorfan

Member
Try some direct drive pedals.

I always loved how Speed Kings felt. Wasn't in love with depending on a pedal no longer being produced.

Never bonded with another pedal as much as with a Speed King - until I tried a DD. I now use an inexpensive PDP Concept DD pedal. It feels great.
Hey it’s what works for you 😀
 

kevinmac

Senior Member
Back in the day my Rogers Holiday kit, I used a SK. Liked it until I purchased a Rogers swivomatic, the difference was night and day! I wonder if the new issue swivomatic is just as good?
 

TJK

Well-known member
Back in the day my Rogers Holiday kit, I used a SK. Liked it until I purchased a Rogers swivomatic, the difference was night and day! I wonder if the new issue swivomatic is just as good?
I have seen nothing but praise for it online. I would love to step on one but there are none by me in the metropolis of Toledo.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Thanks to everyone for the excellent feedback.

Based on Bermuda's cryptic responses, I think I will stick with my existing Speed King while waiting for news about a potential Speed King re-issue from Ludwig.
And IF there is a new one, it will look almost exactly like the classic ones. Except for the drum key clip on the bottom.
 

Frank

Gold Member
Well IF they do it, I do think it is a good thing. There is a large army of people loving the feel of a Speed King, and many were disappointed when they took it out of production.
 
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