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    My Speed' Demon ' Cobras. I know, a lot of cutting, grinding, filing and retro fitting and work is still in progress. I'm modifying my speed cobras to direct drive using Pearl demon direct drive assembly. One down one more to go. Just waiting for the next direct drive to come in. I did it so you could use the stock chain drive or direct drive. I like options, believe it or not the direct drive side does feel a little better. DSC01682.jpgDSC01683.jpgDSC01687.jpg It has been done before, but I just wanted to try it.

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    I play the double Speed Cobra -- I've had it for about 5 years.
    I have swapped out the beaters for the conventional felt medium-firm Yamaha beaters..............they feel better and they sound better.
    I've also quit destroying bass batter heads since I switched.

    I also bought the TRICK slave driveshaft........................better !

    I now have the Speed Cobra I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    I play the double Speed Cobra -- I've had it for about 5 years.
    I have swapped out the beaters for the conventional felt medium-firm Yamaha beaters..............they feel better and they sound better.
    I've also quit destroying bass batter heads since I switched.

    I also bought the TRICK slave driveshaft........................better !

    I now have the Speed Cobra I like.
    They are a great pedal, a workhorse for sure. My single pedal PDP concept direct drive is my favorite so far on feel. With my upgrades( Trick beater,9000 DW rocker spring bearing and heavier gauge Speed Cobra spring ) it truely kicks major BUTT!DSC01690.jpgDSC01517.jpg

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    wow that is awesome that you are able to convert that over! I know it's a lot of work but direct drive is well worth it IMO!
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    What do you guys prefer about direct vs chain? The direct always reminds me of the old Ludwig pedals.

    I used one of those once and didn't like the feel of it. The Speed King.
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    This rule (below) is not always true because drum pedal engineering and innovation is a dynamic......................but, historically speaking:

    For speed and lighter strokes -- go direct;
    For traditional power -- go chain and cam.
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    I love my old SK. For me, it’s not a speed issue...I’m not fast and don’t play complicated patterns. I think it the feel of the SK. It just feels light and sensitive. The spring action feels responsive and the board always feels glued to my foot. Honestly, I think the direct drive is only a small part of it. It’s the total combination of very light weight components (low inertia), the compression spring (as opposed to spring extension), the short board length, the geometry of the lever pull and the direct linkage.

    To convert a regular chain drive pedal design to direct drive just makes it feel like a regular pedal in most cases.
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    Great looking DIY mod on the Speed Cobras. Very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    Great looking DIY mod on the Speed Cobras. Very unique.
    Thank you much late8! it is optional. I made it that way! lol.
    Last edited by drummerMD; 01-15-2019 at 03:59 AM.

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    Hmmm alot of work for direct drive but if you have the time and patience why not? They really look good. I am now using a Cork Hammer Bass Drum Beater from creative percussion on my SC and it is by far the best beater I have played. So light and yet so thumpy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
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    Thank you much late8! it is optional. I made it that way! lol.
    Optional? Man some of you guys are so handy with your tools and creative thinking. BTW, very clean set up with the legless snare stand.

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