New SpeedKing

RickP

Gold Member
Have you ever played the SK?
Yup, have owned a couple. Not for me. I prefer my Sonor Perfect Balance ( JoJo) pedal or Axis Longboard pedals.
I could never get the Speedking to dial in the way I wanted it and all of them had the nasty little habit of the beater shaft sliding down no matter how tight I tightened the screw to clamp it. I can see the charm in it for some people and I love the history of it. I just don't like playing them.
I also disliked how the heel plated rattled and then it would eventually squeak. So, yes Skilas, I have owned Speedking pedals.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
So Jon, what are the improvements? I can't tell from that pic.
Bearing for the footplate instead of just a thin rod, a cast clamp piece for better grip, and I think a slightly beefier 'strap' from footboard to yoke/axle. It's a bit smoother than the original, and no squeak.

The beater is basically the original felt beater, and made in the Monroe plant.

I don't know the price on it yet.

Bermuda
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Something to check out Thursday! I grew up on the Speed King for a short time before getting a Camco leather strap clone by Slingerland. I didn’t have a problem playing one, maybe since I have a Ludwig kit now......
 

Magnus_N

Member
Really excited that this fab pedal is in production again. But I cannot find antyhing about it on the internet, except on a couple of drum forums, including this one... Hasn't Ludwig presented it yet?

/Magnus
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
First professional pedal I had, played it to death, love em. Might have to get one to go with the Luddy.

Are they offering a bag with it? Ultimate travel pedal.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Really excited that this fab pedal is in production again. But I cannot find antyhing about it on the internet, except on a couple of drum forums, including this one... Hasn't Ludwig presented it yet?

/Magnus
It debuts at NAMM this morning!

The obvious changes are a bearing for the footplate hinge, rubber pads for the under-hoop 'feet', the clamp is cast not stamped and a little beefier, there's a drum key holder attached to the base, and the beater set screw has a drum key head (rather that the old wingbolt.) There are some other mods - improved cam bearings and the pull-strap is a little beefier - but unless you look closely... it's a classic Speed King! The beater is just like the original, made in Monroe.

Oh yeah, it plays really nicely!

Bermuda

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Neilage

Junior Member
It debuts at NAMM this morning!

The obvious changes are a bearing for the footplate hinge, rubber pads for the under-hoop 'feet', the clamp is cast not stamped and a little beefier, there's a drum key holder attached to the base, and the beater set screw has a drum key head (rather that the old wingbolt.) There are some other mods - improved cam bearings and the pull-strap is a little beefier - but unless you look closely... it's a classic Speed King! The beater is just like the original, made in Monroe.

Oh yeah, it plays really nicely!

Bermuda

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Thanks a million for sharing all of your intel, Bermuda.

I also dig the retro packaging.
 

Magnus_N

Member
It debuts at NAMM this morning!

The obvious changes are a bearing for the footplate hinge, rubber pads for the under-hoop 'feet', the clamp is cast not stamped and a little beefier, there's a drum key holder attached to the base, and the beater set screw has a drum key head (rather that the old wingbolt.) There are some other mods - improved cam bearings and the pull-strap is a little beefier - but unless you look closely... it's a classic Speed King! The beater is just like the original, made in Monroe.

Oh yeah, it plays really nicely!

Bermuda
Thanks Bermuda, for the information. This is all gold to me. I adore/love this pedal. I have five of these puppies: two from the last litter in the early 2000s, and three of varying ages. I play no other pedal - I just can't get along with chains or belts - and will definitely get one of these new ones!

This means a lot to me as a drummer!

Best from Sweden,

Magnus
 
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