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Rating and Reviews: DW Bass Drum Beater

Play hard or soft -- this DW kick drum beater acts as a felt or wood ball depending on force. Its velocity-sensitive action suits any playing style.

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"great product for price!!" submitted November 8, 2013

By Carl S in shinnston, WV
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Musical Background: instrument:drums. genre: heavy/speed metal. i have been playing for 8 years. i play in a non - professional band with friends.
Music Style: heavy/speed metal, rock, grunge rock.
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Overall: ive been using these beaters for almost a month now,and i can say its one of my best buys. i have been to hundreds of music stores looking for these and wasnt happy with the prices. mainly, if you play heavy/speed metal, and you wanna beater that will last, has unique sounds with a minor adjustment, and you wanna start an earth quake, then stop reading this and buy them! they look pretty cool too.
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"DW Does It Again!!!" submitted April 30, 2005

By a customer from cox.net
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Musical Background: ACTIVE MUSICIAN
Music Style: METAL
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Sound: An absolutely genious design. Soft foam for a felt beater sound without that ugly rattle you get with a plastic or wood beater yet when you kick hard, you get the click of a wood or plastic beater from the aluminum insert. great for metal or jazz. I own 2 sets!!! Feature: comes with allen screws and extra beater weights, which helps, because it takes a while to get used to how light the beater is due to it being aluminum and foam. Quality: It's DW! Value: A little pricy, but still, well worth the money!! Manufacturer Support: I had these on backorder for months, but it was well worth it! The Wow Factor: It is anodized red and black, the sexiest colors on the market! Overall: I already have backups in packages. I will never use another beater!!
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"Killer sounding beater, good for versatile music." submitted February 16, 2005

By a customer from mac.com
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Musical Background: Professional
Music Style: Wide variety
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Sound: This thing made my kick sound killer - the foam rubber sounds thick against the batter head. The hard center really clicks when you hammer it and you still have the nice sound of the foam to round it out. Lots of surface contact makes this beater sound fat. If you play a range of music in one set, soft and hard, this is the beater for you. Feature: High quiality and Lightweight with adjustable ballast weights. Quality: I bought two, one was missing a setscrew ;( Value: worth it for sure The Wow Factor: Looks cool, red anodized aluminum, but who really cares? Overall: keep it till it wears out
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"Perfect for new school techniques" submitted March 9, 2008

By a customer from codedlanguage.com
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Musical Background: Professional musician
Music Style: Alternative rock, fusion, drum n bass
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Sound: I use this on my 9000 single pedal. I play 18" and 22" kick drums. Especially on the small drum, a traditional beat is always too heavy or too light. This one has the perfect balance. When adjusted properly, this beater is the best of all worlds for me. Soft hits get are solid, with less attack and beefy low end. Hard attacks slam and have the added stability of the foam around the core. Also, I find the Feature: I'd like to see an option to adjust the angle of the beater head. If not for that, it'd be a 10. Ease of Use: I'd prefer the foam adjustment was a drum key, not a tiny wrench (not included btw! What is up DW??) And, yes it's obvious how to adjust...sort of. But couldn't they put pictures on the package for dummies? They're selling to drummers after all! Quality: It's DW. Value: You pay more for DW. Mostly, it's worth it.
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"Nice idea-bad product-wears out too quickly-does not hit the head flat & no swivel adjustment-" submitted January 4, 2006

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Musical Background: drummer
Music Style: all
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Sound: Sound is OK at first...read on. Feature: This looks like a great idea on the surface BUT I found it to wear out quickly. Once the foam is gone all the features are gone to. Also the head does not swivel so it doesn't hit flat against the drum which makes it wear out even quicker and I don't even play hard. Lame..... Quality: Well made but wears out very quickly. Foam leaves nasty sticky goo on drum head. Value: if it wears out so quickly, what good is it? Manufacturer Support: good company-bad product The Wow Factor: looks good on paper only. nice idea but it needs work. Overall: I don't recommend it. DW problem child. This won't last
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"Not the best DW product at all......" submitted December 19, 2007

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Musical Background: Musician
Music Style: Metal, Grind, funk and Rock
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Sound: sound was alright. varies depending on setting. Feature: used it a couple times and had to keep adjusting them. the foam keeps wanting to move back..... the Allen's don't do very good at holding it in place. i had to use 2 weights per beater: 1 set up high and one a little lower to get the feel on the pedals...... (they are extremely light!!!) Ease of Use: read features Quality: It's a DW product that doesn't feel like a DW product. Value: a little pricey Manufacturer Support: Almost everything is DW on my kit... they rule. bad product The Wow Factor: looks great...... but, looks aren't what you hear?! Overall: try it out. don't listen to me. definitely for a person with a light foot!!
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