Submitted July 19, 2019 by Ben F in Airway Heights, WA
"FAST AS H3LL"
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My initial impressions, since I just got it delivered last night (with the disclaimer that this is the first double-kick pedal I've owned and have nothing to compare to):I'll start with the "bad": I'm a little concerned about the connecting rod that ties the left pedal to its beater, it's aluminum and may go someday after I beat it up a lot.That's it. The only thing I'm even a little worried about.Now, everything else: Tama isn't kidding when they call this sucker "Speed Cobra". It is FAAAST! I haven't played double-kick in about 20 years, and in less than an hour after opening the box I'm rolling into my cymbal hits. It has what I'd consider just the right level of adjustability; I know that higher-priced pedals have a lot more things you can tweak, but I can't imagine wanting more than the options here (see "Features" for those details). FTM: 10/10.
Fast and accurate. Two different options on the beater heads (just turn them around to switch between them).
Highly adjustable, including beater/footboard combined angle, beater angle separate from footboard, beater height, dual-head beaters, distance between pedals, angle of each pedal, and spring tension. Springs have a locking mechanism that keeps them from twisting. Two adjustable carpet spurs on each baseplate. Dual-chain drive. Cobra Coils not included, but baseplates include the slots to mount them so you can add them if you want. Heavy-duty drum key included to make all adjustments.
Ease of Use
Super-easy to assemble and adjust, includes detailed instructions in English and Japanese with diagrams to explain each process. I had everything assembled and working in about 20 minutes, with most adjustments made in another 20.
Appears very sturdy, considering that some parts are made of aluminum to reduce weight. Would prefer to see a steel rather than aluminum connecting rod between pedals, but that's a minor complaint.
YES! Features, durability, and functionality well above its price-point. There's cheaper pedals, but I'd be very reluctant to go near them after trying this one. I've read countless reviews of pedals in this price-point, and this one is always regarded as a winner - now I can see why.
Haven't had to call them, but I've heard nothing but good things about Tama support.
The Wow Factor
Fast and accurate, to the point that I can hear and feel deficiencies in my playing much more easily (this is a really, really good thing). Affordably priced, with the options to add and/or swap out critical parts to upgrade it to the level of higher-priced models if you want to - but I can't imagine wanting to. This things is RAD.
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