Offset double bass pedal

Al Strange

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I’m saving up for the Darwin series pedals as you can use them as 2 single pedals or a double pedal? :unsure:
 

Stroman

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I think I missed this thread first time around, but my question is, why does the bass drum size matter? The pedals only have to go wide enough for you to straddle the snare drum, yes? The bass drum could stick twenty feet out either side, and it wouldn't affect the function of the pedal, as far as I can see.
 

Al Strange

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You can separate and use as singles just about every double pedal.

For those who care, you can build a center double out of a normal double and extra slave pedal.
Cheers, I’ll have a tinker with mine! (y):unsure:The Darwin does seem like the ultimate adjustable and bespoke solution all round though. He’s thought of everything...I’ve got an old Gibraltar double pedal at the mo, and just about to get a couple of DW5000’s for my double bass kit. My dream set up would still be the Darwin’s. (y) :)
 

J-W

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I believe there are DW pedals you can do that with at a fraction of the cost. I was running DW 5000 with Trick V6 driveshaft but you could separate them and use separately by adding spring to slave side.
It's been so long since I've had a DW5000 double pedal, but where does the spring mount on the slave when separating them? If I recall, the slave only had one upright support and not enough room for a spring mount. At least the old set I was using was that way. I play double bass, but wanted a double pedal that I could separate and re-join with ease so that I wasn't always married to two bass drums.
I switched to Axis for many reasons, but one of the things that appealed to me was that I could easily separate the two pedals by simply removing the driveshaft and moving a beater over to the slave. No other mods required.

That Darwin pedal looks pretty slick, and very adjustable and configurable....... although many here would argue that those are negative traits in a pedal system.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
It's been so long since I've had a DW5000 double pedal, but where does the spring mount on the slave when separating them? If I recall, the slave only had one upright support and not enough room for a spring mount.
When you remove the driveshaft from the slave, the tab that sticks out is where you attach the spring. You just move it from the main to the slave.
 

J-W

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When you remove the driveshaft from the slave, the tab that sticks out is where you attach the spring. You just move it from the main to the slave.
Ah ha! I see they've changed their design in that regard (amongst others). I was thinking the bottom mount for the spring was cast as part of the upright on the old DW pedals, and indeed it was, (the new ones are a threaded insert). It made it a little more involved separating the two than a simple removal of driveshaft and swapping beaters. You couldn't keep the slave spring on the slave unit like Axis pedals (and apparently you still can't?), so you had to move the spring over each time you split them, and back again to rejoin. And that was no easy task since you had to unscrew the spring retainer out of the upright each time.
Not to mention that there was so much flex in that combo base plate that the slave pedal felt like mush. And to think that was "cutting edge" at the time. :oops:

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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
Ah ha! I see they've changed their design in that regard (amongst others). I was thinking the bottom mount for the spring was cast as part of the upright on the old DW pedals, and indeed it was, (the new ones are a threaded insert). It made it a little more involved separating the two than a simple removal of driveshaft and swapping beaters. You couldn't keep the slave spring on the slave unit like Axis pedals (and apparently you still can't?), so you had to move the spring over each time you split them, and back again to rejoin. And that was no easy task since you had to unscrew the spring retainer out of the upright each time.
Not to mention that there was so much flex in that combo base plate that the slave pedal felt like mush. And to think that was "cutting edge" at the time. :oops:

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I remember that pedal! Never had one though. It just looks so ridiculous next to anything from the last 30 years.
 
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