Well, before tonight I had a pearl eliminator and a dw 5002. Now I have a mapex raptor.
With the pearl, it was light and I could do doubles on it, but I couldn't get the power with the feel I wanted out of it. It was a great pedal and I could fly on it, but something wasn't right.
The DW on the other hand, was very hard hitting, but I found I couldn't do doubles. I couldn't go as fast, but I felt like I was hitting with twice the power.
Tonight at GC I tried out a mapex raptor, and was blown away. Super smooth and super light. Its like it is an extension of my foot. I know I am not the best double bass player by far, and the pedal doesn't absolutely make the player better, but this pedal certainly lets me do a few things I haven't been able to do since I had my old Iron Cobra. It feels like an extension of my foot. I don't think I regret getting this. If it holds up, I can see it lasting me a long time.
I did take a little bit of a loss on the pedals tonight, but with what this pedal has already let me do, I think it was worth it. Im not butt hurt over it.