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#1 MrPrezident

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Posted May 12, 2017 - 11:48 PM

We've been using a modified stock RB2 wireless kit for years, mesh heads, metal reinforced frame with the "Rock Pedal" which is still solid and works great.  Wouldn't change a thing, except that our drummer has now outgrown having just one pedal and wants to try having a second one.  I can't find another Rock Pedal online (and I don't think I would want another one anyways, they are too bulky).   

 

I'm strongly considering this one from Yamaha. $65 with tax.

 

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I'm not sure how sturdy that thing is but the price is right.

 

What do you guys use or recommend ?   I find that if you're not looking for guitars or mics, drum accessories are increasingly hard to find online.


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Posted May 13, 2017 - 02:45 AM

That's not a bad price at all and Yamaha usually builds pretty solid stuff. It looks like that particular kick is more designed to muffle sound so it might not be built to withstand a lot of punishment if your drummer is one who likes to slam his foot on the pedal. Even then if you get desperate you can probably adhere a plastic or metal sheet onto it for reinforcement.

 

Another option of course is to build your own, probably for cheaper too. Of course you'll need the technical know-how but I remember seeing a few decent videos explaining how people made their own.

 

I'd go for the Yamaha pedal or something equivalent. Should work fine. As I understand it the drums literally look for an on-off signal from that input so any MIDI kick would work.

 

Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure the Yamaha sustain pedal for my keyboard might work as well. That would be interesting to use haha.


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Posted May 13, 2017 - 04:49 AM

I actually have this pedal, it came with my DTX400K kit.  It's not a bad pedal (albeit a bit flimsy), but sometimes it gets annoying.  Usually when I try to do a three-kick pattern (B B B ), I'll instead get an odd pattern like BB B.  This somewhat applies to two-kick patterns as well, turning into BB instead of B B.  I'm not sure exactly on what causes these patterns (I'm leaning more towards the pedal), but if it ever happens during an FC run, then I'd solely blame it on the pedal.

 

I'd suggest saving up more to get a more quality pedal, but you can use it if you'd like.  I'd recommend getting the Speedcobra 910, but that's only if you have a proper bass drum pad for your e-kit that allows beaters.


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Posted May 13, 2017 - 04:40 PM

Another option of course is to build your own, probably for cheaper too. Of course you'll need the technical know-how but I remember seeing a few decent videos explaining how people made their own.

 

Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure the Yamaha sustain pedal for my keyboard might work as well. That would be interesting to use haha.

 

Great idea, thanks!  It was easy to find a video with the basics explained.  My office is right next to an electronics repair shop, that guy can fix up just about anything (he helped me daisy chain my stage kits together) and this kinda project is the sorta thing he'd be able to do very quickly.   I am definitely going to look into this.

 

 

I actually have this pedal, it came with my DTX400K kit.  It's not a bad pedal (albeit a bit flimsy), but sometimes it gets annoying.  Usually when I try to do a three-kick pattern (B B B ), I'll instead get an odd pattern like BB B.  This somewhat applies to two-kick patterns as well, turning into BB instead of B B.  I'm not sure exactly on what causes these patterns (I'm leaning more towards the pedal), but if it ever happens during an FC run, then I'd solely blame it on the pedal.

 

Thanks, this is exactly what I was hoping to learn.  They have a pretty generous return policy there so I think I'll have her try it out for a couple weeks and see if she likes it.   While I'm looking for something better of course.  

 

Who knows, I might end up going the full e-kit route, my only issue with that is that it would have to be easy to take apart or collapse because its stored in one room and played in another bigger room, so I would have to move it back and forth (through a doorway) every week.  Kinda a dumb requirement but I can't keep it out in the living room all the time.  Anyhow that's another issue entirely.  

 

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Posted May 13, 2017 - 11:44 PM

If you can wait I got a really good pdp double bass pedal for $80 at guitar center on black Friday. But it is a tradition style pedal[s] and has lasted over three years without missing a beat. pun intended



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Posted May 13, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Oh yeah I can't recommend enough to check the local goodwill, I have stockpiled 4 backups and they were only $4 each. Best of luck.



#7 WarSquirtle

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Posted May 15, 2017 - 06:16 AM

I'm using a GHWT pedal with a bunch of solder, glue, and some hard pieces of plastic. I'm trying to have sure hits and as quiet as operation as possible. Having the weight, feel, and bounce of a real pedal isn't so important for me.



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Posted May 24, 2017 - 12:28 AM

Update on the KU100 Yamaha pedal in the OP.

 

Unfortunately the pedal I received was defective - only 1 in 10 kicks would even register in the game, or on my Ion kit.  Swapped the cable out, no difference.  

 

But aside from that, the pedal has a very weak spring, when you lift your foot up, the pedal doesn't spring up with your foot, it sort of slowly rises up on its own.  This is very uncomfortable to sit with once you're already accustomed to a chain drive pedal.  

 

It looks very sturdy and the kick plate is metal, but the rest of it is plastic.   What you get for $60.  Anyhow I got a full refund so the only thing wasted is time.

 

I do not recommend this pedal at all.

 

So I will most likely do a DIY solution as Banshee suggested.


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