I am currently at NAMM and took this Bad-Boy for a test spin yesterday and it is everything Pearl says it is and then some. It has Ninja bearings in it and it is lightning fast. I like it because you can go from a short board to a long board with a few quick and easy steps. When you make the conversion, all parts stay on. You don't have any pieces you have to put away for safe keeping. There are several easy adjustments that can allow you to customize this pedal to your liking. It comes standard with a felt beater but a wooden beater is available as well. There is absolutely no play in the shaft for the double kick set-up. When you move your foot that beater is right there. When I saw the demo yesterday I thought ok maybe. Then they let me try it out and it comlpetely blew my mind. I couldn't believe the speed and control I had. I have been a long-time owner and supporter of Pearl and have just become life-time member. The price looks to be a little steep but then again it's a brand new product. I guarantee you will not be dissappointed with this product.