New SpeedKing

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I'll be honest, every time I go back to something I've played before, I'm reminded of why I've moved on in the first place and it never ends well with me. When I got to check out the new Speed King, I thought it was cool, and many people still want one and that's great. When I sat down to play it, it felt too 1976 for me. I guess I'm like Sammy Hagar - he's always wondering what the attraction to old stuff is and he hates old guitars because they always had problems he had to fix or live with. I never thought I'd have anything in common with Sammy.

Now I apologize, because I always say I make every pedal of mine feel like the old Camco, and that's true. I have my feel dialed in. I just make modern pedals conform to my feel. I guess with the Speed King, because of it's inability to be adjusted, always feel different, even though I grew up on one and can play it. It's too weird for me now.
 

Jeremy Bender

Platinum Member
Yeah that one Bermuda posted a picture of is the one I remember playing on back in the day, since then I've played Yamaha pedals since the 1980's.
 

Phil A.

Junior Member
I just noticed they got rid of the flat spring by where the footboard connects to the linkage. I guess they eliminated the need for it?
 

53Rockets

Active member
So i just picked up a new Speed King. So far i'm liking it more than my DW5000. I'm a fairly new drummer so i feel like the Speed King is a bit more controllable for me and gives me back what i put into it. The Ddub is so quick i had trouble controlling it. More my issue than the pedal for sure. Is the heelplate on the new SK's adjustable? If so, do most people use it in a fixed position or loose?
 

Phil A.

Junior Member
So i just picked up a new Speed King. So far i'm liking it more than my DW5000. I'm a fairly new drummer so i feel like the Speed King is a bit more controllable for me and gives me back what i put into it. The Ddub is so quick i had trouble controlling it. More my issue than the pedal for sure. Is the heelplate on the new SK's adjustable? If so, do most people use it in a fixed position or loose?
I like it loose and flipped over but I think most people leave it locked. It makes a surprisingly big difference in the feel, I'd definitely suggest trying it both ways.
 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
I like it loose and flipped over but I think most people leave it locked. It makes a surprisingly big difference in the feel, I'd definitely suggest trying it both ways.
I have mine set to the heel plate version. If you flip it, it makes it a longboard of sorts (shown in the pic). As it's a direct drive, it can take some getting used to. But it's a classic & if you travel, how it breaks down for a gear bag is just great.

Oh...it's gotta have the Bonham squeak" too. ;)
 

kevinmac

Senior Member
Not really, had a Speed King back in early 70’s on my Rogers Holiday set, eventually went to a Rogers Swivomatic which ran circles around the Speed King! Think current pedals will do the same.
 
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