The Yamaha pedals

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Ok I now have three Yamaha pedals: the strapped FP6110 (considered a simple beginner pedal, not pictured here), the FP8210 single chain drive, and what used to be their top of line Flying Dragon direct drive - which is physically identical to the FP8210 but has direct drive, and if you notice in the photo, it has a nice support under the hoop where the clamp would go - a very nice touch! Kinda' funny how the Dragon is labeled "Professional Model" on the heel while the other is not. I guess I can only play the Dragon on a paying gig ;)

I’ll play it full on in the morning but for now I have both of them dialed in to where I like it (I just made the Dragon feel like the chain drive one when I push it down with my hand. They both have new Yamaha beaters and I replaced the spring assemblies with new Gibraltar ones that visually match what was on them. So I’ll report back if I have to change how I play one or the other. I’m guessing at this point I won’t (having played direct drives before), but I’d like to help put to rest the notion that maybe the linkage doesn’t matter. Either way - I got both for $120 - not a bad deal. Stay tuned!

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Jeff Almeyda

Senior Consultant
There's a good chance you won't notice much. I'm interested to see if you notice a difference between double strokes from slow to fast.
 

Lee-Bro

Senior Member
I have a right-handed DD Flying Dragon double pedal for sale or trade for a DW5000 double pedal. If anyone's interested, PM me.

I really like the Yamaha, but I just prefer the DW more.
 

AzHeat

Platinum Member
I now have the 6110a unprofessional, 7210 professional model, an 8210 which also lacks professionalism, and the 9500d double which doesn’t know what professional means. The 6110a is a newbie but has the most play in the pedal board. He hasn’t grown up yet. The 7210 pro model is very used, but rock solid. Kinda like some of us crusty old geezers on DW. The 8210 must have gone into a career in IT or Accounting, because it’s the best of all in the group, but been kept in the dark most of his life. No scratches or wear, but plays like a pro. The 9500d doubles had dreams of being a metal head, but reality slapped him in the face so he never even got to where he could spell per-fresh-o-nul.....

All seriousness, everyone of the pedals are excellent. I kinda wish I would’ve kept my 9500c instead of going with the d mode. It’s a bit finicky with beater selection and you have to make sure there’s enough meat on the beater or the drive can bottom out. I have to keep a steeper angle on the footboard and a bit shallower one on the beater to avoid the connection. beater weight seems to really mess with the feel of that one for me. Didn’t have that issue with the chain model or any of my other ones. Haven’t read of it being much of an issue for anyone else, so definitely me. I usually drop pedals down and adjust the spring and go, but while I learned to love the 9500d, it took a bit.

Haven’t tried the flying dragon because the drive looks the same on the direct drive. Maybe someday I’ll earn my wings and try the chain versio. My wife keeps telling me I need to be more professional, so maybe if my pedal said I am.... All of my Yamahas play really well but the 8200 is just the bomb! I said the 6100 has the most play, but under foot I just don’t notice it. The biggest drawback to the 6100 is the spring adjustment. It’s Impossible without removing the pedal and won’t stay put. 7210 is a bit better but not by much. At least you don’t have to remove the pedal. Both were fixed with new Gibraltar spring adjusters (2 for $7 on Amazon). Neither has moved since I put those one. Made them look and work like high dollar pedals.

I just sold my Mapex Falcon. Not because it was anything but spectacular, but the cheaper baseplateless Yamahas will work better on the practice pad set. No point in having such a nice pedal sitting around and between it ant the Yamaha 8210....total toss up. Maybe a nod to the Yamaha for weighing half as much and being collapsible. Hope I don’t regret selling the Falcon though. That pedal is just a class act, but this thread is about Yamaha! :)
 
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mrfingers

Senior Member
So does how you play-heel down/heel up-make a difference in your choice of pedals? I play heel down. I have the belted 6110a which plays as well as the Sonor single chain 454. My belted converted Tama 310 is slightly better...but Yamaha is the subject here🧐
 
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AzHeat

Platinum Member
So does how you play-heel down/heel up-make a difference in your choice of pedals? I have the belted 6110a which plays as well as the Sonor single chain 454. My belted converted Tama 310 is slightly better...but Yamaha is the subject here🧐
It sure did make a difference to me. My Axis Longboard made a total mess of my ability to play heel down. There was zero power in heel down. I can't tell the difference between the 6110a strap and 7210 single chain. Can't really tell a difference between it and the 8210 either. I mentioned above having some play in the 6110, but if I'm not looking, I can' really tell. The baseplate on the 8210 makes it a bit more rigid on carpet. but niter has made me faster or slowed me down. Not like some of the other high dollar pedals I bought and was grossly disappointed in.
 

Al Strange

Well-known member
So does how you play-heel down/heel up-make a difference in your choice of pedals?
Nah, not really...style of music might be a consideration; if you play rip your face off death metal at 3000bpm then you might consider specialist long boards, short boards, short breads, skate boards and er, I’m boreds...standard pedals fit the bill for most other musical situations whether it’s heel up or heel down.(y):D
 
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