Sonor Perfect Balance Standard pedal

Hi,

I've been gone from the forum for many years. I've actually been away from playing drums for years. 2020 gave me the chance to get back into it. So I pulled out my old e-kit and started playing again.

I got a Tama Speed Cobra 310 single pedal to practise with. I had played the higher end speed cobras. The one thing that has really suffered from not play is the foot technique. I wanted to get that going. But I just wasn't getting on with the more affordable speed cobra. Not really sure why.

Anyway, only having a short while I decided to look around for something else that might suit me better. Despite the fact that I'm a big Sonor guy it had totally slipped past me that they had released a Standard version of Jojo Mayer's signature pedal. I had an interest in the pedal when it first came out, but had heard about all the problems people were having. Thats how I arrived at the higher end Speed Cobras.

Plus I actually seen that video of Jojo that went viral. He was playing somewhere the same year the pedal came out. Two or three times during the performance the pedal collapsed on him...and he wasn't happy about. Any see that video? I think it got pulled from youtube because it wasn't great marketing for the pedal.

While I got on okay with the high end Tama speed cobra ... I was always interested in the concept behind the Perfect Balance pedal. To some degree or another, I always felt I was fighting modern pedals. But modern pedals were all I knew. I'm in my 30s. So I never tried vintage pedals and didn't know the feel was more balanced. And while I did play a Sonor Giant Step...I'm not sure I ever tried it with the strap that comes with it.

So only recently did I discover the Perfect Balance Standard. It was appealing. I wouldn't have the issues of the signature pedal.

I did find that there wasn't an awful lot of info out there about the standard version despite the fact its actually been out for...a couple of years now?

So I thought I'd put this up just so people can read it if they happen to be thinking about the pedal.

It arrived today. I have to say I'm quite surprised by it so far. I had to buy it online because I'm in the middle of a lockdown. And because my nearest Sonor dealer doesn't keep the pedal in stock. They've only had the signature version in once or twice. But they tend not to stock the Giant Steps either.

But because I had to buy it blind I really didn't know what I was going to get. While its only the first day...my first impression is...this is the pedal I've been looking for. It just felt so natural and effortless under the foot. Its just doing what my foot asks it to do. And some of the foot technique that I've been rusty on...started coming back to me as I got warmed up. I put on some music and started jamming to it...and actually started to feel like a drummer again. I haven't felt that in some time.

Of course, it doesn't perform miracles. But I was playing with an ease I don't I've ever felt. I've had some great pedals in the past like Giant Steps, Speed Cobras, Axis, Trick, DW and there's probably a few I'm forgetting. Is this the best? It's certainly made the best first impression.

I now know that I prefer a round cam and strap drive. And I think its safe to say this is the only pedal I'll be using going forward. And...I think it's Sonor's best pedal.

Of course, it might not suit everyone. If you like a real heavy pedal. This probably won't be for you.

I feel this can be a powerful pedal. I really haven't touched the settings. The spring came with no tension on it - short of falling off. Guess they done that because they figure every player will just set that to what they want anyway. So I just turned it a couple of times so there was a tiny bit of tension on it. Just to start from...and it worked for me. So I don't plan to touch it.

I never really liked using tension to get the pedal to do the work for you. I don't like the resistance you have to fight.

So right now I'm real happy with how it worked out. I did hear talk of a double version that they've been working on. But that was being talked about since the signature version was released. Its yet to see the light of day. Hope they do come out with a double version of the standard...otherwise they're giving me an excuse to spend extra money on a second bass drum :)

Hopefully I'll be picking up another Sonor kit very soon.

It'd be great if they came out with a hihat with the same footplate. It's a bit larger and very smooth.

If you're considering the pedal and have questions let me know and I'll help if I can.

Also, if anyone wants a good deal on the Tama SC 310 single pedal just let me know. It's brand new. Happy to let it go cheap. I'm in Europe.

Cheers.
 

Push pull stroke

Platinum Member
Like most strap drive pedals, it is easy to play really loud with. But it’s not as quick as a direct drive. I like it, but I prefer my Trick pro1v for most stuff. But if I need more power than speed, yeah, it’s really good.
 

Icetech

Gold Member
I have never played anything but a direct drive.. but am interesting in one of these... actually, i have been using the same pedal since i started... kind of wonder if i would be better by now if i had used something else...
 

RickP

Gold Member
I own both Sonor Perfect Balance models . I have no issue to report on the original model folding up on me when playing it . It has been a great pedal for me . Very smooth , quick and comfortable to play .
I have the standard model for a backup pedal and the feel is exactly the same as the original folding model .

I had a Trick Pro 1V and absolutely hated that pedal . I hate the way the compression spring makes the feel heavier as the beater gets closer to the batter head . I far prefer the round cam of the Sonor Perfect balance . The feel is the same through the whole length of motion .
I am not picking on just the Trick pedal , I also had similar issues with the DW 9000 - the feel felt too he’s y and clunky for me. I know a few drummers that love DW pedals , they don’t suit me .
 
Like most strap drive pedals, it is easy to play really loud with. But it’s not as quick as a direct drive. I like it, but I prefer my Trick pro1v for most stuff. But if I need more power than speed, yeah, it’s really good.
Yeah, I am finding its giving me more power than I expected. I don't play super fast stuff myself so the extra power is good for me.

I have never played anything but a direct drive.. but am interesting in one of these... actually, i have been using the same pedal since i started... kind of wonder if i would be better by now if i had used something else...
No harm in exploring. I might post some detailed pictures here along with my experiences with the pedal as time goes on. I know I had certain questions in my mind before buying the standard version that I couldn't find answers to online. I will say I'm finding to play certain things easier on this pedal. And the smooth surface is opening up the possibility of me doing things I've never even tried on other pedals. Plus the post being on one side really is allowing me to get way up the pedal and sliding on the right side. So again, new possibilities.

I had a Trick Pro 1V and absolutely hated that pedal . I hate the way the compression spring makes the feel heavier as the beater gets closer to the batter head . I far prefer the round cam of the Sonor Perfect balance . The feel is the same through the whole length of motion .
I am not picking on just the Trick pedal , I also had similar issues with the DW 9000 - the feel felt too he’s y and clunky for me. I know a few drummers that love DW pedals , they don’t suit me .
Absolutely agree. It took me time to figure that one out with the Trick - great pedal - but something wasn't quite right with the for me. It's really now that I'm playing the perfect balance that I realise I just needed a round cam. Even with Tama Speed Cobras - that spring that helps the board lift back up - it only needs that because the return of the pedal is not balanced. Before buying the Sonor....this was one of the things I was wondering. What's the return going to me like? Is it going to be slow? And its actually really natural, smooth and fast...if you play fast. It's responding to you. When you think of it like that...most modern pedals actually created a flaw by pursuing an faster forward stroke...resulting in a slower return...and then they have to come up with a spring or something else to try to counter the flaw they created in the first place. When all that was needed was a round cam with a balanced linear stroke.

Anyway, do check back in as I'll post some close up pedal porn shots when I get a chance :)
 
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