There comes a point, and sometimes quite early on, when you know your kit needs an upgrade. As drummers, we may have sets for every situation. The travel kit may vary slightly from the practice kit, which varies from the studio kit that never moves.
Today we take a look at an essential. I remember hopping on a set during a jam session and totally giving up on the bass drum. Inferior components are the bane of every performer. Let take a look at the different options available when purchasing a secondary pedal or upgrading an existing one.
Single Chain - This entry level style is the most affordable. Note that most of the pedals in this range do include some type of adjustment(s) as the price rises. Single chain pedals are manufactured with a standard footbed as the only option in most cases. The downside of a single chain is side to side flex and the possibility that the chain will pop off during use.
Price Single Pedal $24.00 - $120.00
Price Double Pedal $56.00 - $318.00
Dual Chain - These pedals offer increased durability, offer less flex during a session for a more solid feel, and can be found in Standard and Long board styles. Dual chain pedals run the gamut from beginner to professional. We advise that you take a close look at the construction and adjustment options.
Price Single Pedal $78.00 - $199.00
Price Double Pedal $66.00 - $999.00
Strap/Belt Drive - Not a widely marketed style, strap or belt driven pedals have been said to reduce friction. Improvements to materials used for the strap or belt has allowed users to confidently use these pedals. A benefit of this pedal type is the ability to easily identify wear. The downside is the availability and only available in the industry standard size.
Price Single Pedal $54.00 - $89.00
Price Double Pedal $115.00 - $240.00
Direct Drive - A serious upgrade for intermediate to professional players. A super smooth feel that may not be for all drummers. This one piece integration offers not flex or give. Drummers have subjectively stated that the control is ultra precise which is exactly what a pedal should be right? Standard and Long boards are available.
Price Single Pedal $92.00 - $499.00
Price Double Pedal $235.00 - $999.00
7 Recommendations for drum pedal window shopping
Look for a pedal with a stability plate...seriously.
Do not be afraid to consider Like New, Gently Used, or New Other offerings on eBay or Amazon.
If a product description is vague, go to the brand's website for additional information.
Think about a double bass pedal. It can always be used as a single by disconnecting the linkage.
Well maintained, branded pedals should retain their value if preserved and in good working condition.
Only buy items with missing parts to fix the same pedal or if you can obtain the part easily and on the cheap.
Accurately gauge your interest level in drumming before spending of $140+ on a pedal.
Patience will turn into savings. eBay and Amazon have their own promotions aside from box store promotions. Make a wish list and wait
If you shop online, make sure you are able to return it if it is not to your liking. Note that return shipping will not be cheap
An ideal pedal is smooth, sturdy, has minimum flex, and the operation is quiet
Not a fan of rust? Some deals for a quality piece may be too good to turn down. Use Dr. Pepper or Sprite to remove surface rust, otherwise stay away
*Bass Drum Pedals
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Mapex Drums P709A