"Speed King, Timeless..."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
Playing heel down as I do, this pedal is silent. By keeping the pivots greased and the heel plate tight, it is quiet even playing heel up. The rebound is adjustable and the pedal is smooth and responsive.
Beater is still round and produces a crisp punch.
Ease of Use:
I recommend setting this pedal up so the batter striked the head above the center of the head... this generates more power, and seems to have a better sound than striking directly in the center of the head.
In my opinion this is the most reliable pedal on the planet... about 30 years ago I broke the link between the pedal and the yoke, so I bought 10 spares... I greased the original replcement 30 years ago with heavy waterproof grease and still have 9 30 year old spares. Grease is necessary on the main pedal pivot under your heel also. The newer design features an easier to replace pivot with "c" clip. I have a spare that I bring to every gig and have never used it. If you grease the link and the pivot between the pedal and beater yoke this pedal should outlast the drummer.
Dealer provided parts.
The Wow Factor:
Simple, quiet, smooth, responsive, retro and ahead of it's time all in one. Very sexy pedal.
I have 3 kits and 4 Speed Kings... The pedal I gig with is the '79 pedal... I've tried Tama, Pearl, Axis, pedals which are all nice, but I sold them all and will not waste time looking for anything cooler than a Speed King.