How does a strap feel vs a chain on a pedal?
In my experience - no! The feel is lighter, but there IS a loss of power. The past month I have been experimenting with my Mapex Falcon. It comes stock with chain and strap drive. When I switched to strap I was quite happy how light and natural it felt. I played several weeks like that. Then I reverted to chain for a change (with the same settings) - the increase in power was quite noticeable. I guess the chain - with its weight - brings the beater with greater velocity to the drum. On to way back, however, the weight puts a bit of a drag in the response.Can you get the same amount of power using a strap as you can using a chain?
This is a little off topic but I've noticed the strap on the pearl eliminators is made out of a material that makes it more like a direct drive assembly. It seems to be less "elastic" haha.
I may do this as well! I tried the Iron Cobra Flexi Glide pedal at my local Guitar Center and it felt great. I'm currently playing the new Iron Cobra Jr (HP300) that has a chain, but this Flexi Glide took me back to my youth when I had a Slingerland Tempo King (leather strap), but the Tama provides all the modern niceties and monster build. I'm definitely getting one.I have one pedal made by Yamaha that's a belt drive, actually it's convertible to both. In my opinion the strap drive has a more fluid feeling to that of the chain drive. For response I would rate it between a chain and a direct drive pedal, I like them a lot. I'm going to be getting the Tama Iron Cobra "Flexi Glide" pedal in the near future.
I don't know if this is possible with every pedal. I bought a Yamaha pedal, FP9315, about three years ago which came with both the chain and strap drives. I tried it once with the chain and since then, I've been using it with the strap. I guess it's possible to modify a chain driven pedal, but I believe that the pedal's cam or design will dictate whether it will work or not. I never tried it.So, if you wanted to convert a chain pedal to a strap, what kind of material would you use?
the one that came with my 9000 is made out of a woven nylon. I know some other straps that were used in the past were a slick plastic/nylonOK - but I was asking what kind of material would be used. I think maybe traditionally, it would be some kind of tough but thin leather. But there's probably some type of synthetic materials being used now - I don't know.
Actually, if you were just looking for some generic strap, Gibraltar actually makes a nice replacement strap that could be used on other pedals (they use it on their own strap-drive pedal). It even has holes pre-drilled so you wouldn't have to fuss with making any holes yourself. The length seems a perfect match for alot of the older cams used on other pedals (like the Gretsch floating action cam, or the original Camco cam). So if you were to convert a pedal from chain to a strap, you would have to have a cam as well to replace the chain sprocket.OK - but I was asking what kind of material would be used. I think maybe traditionally, it would be some kind of tough but thin leather. But there's probably some type of synthetic materials being used now - I don't know.