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Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal 

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The Axis AL-2 Longboard Double Pedal is light, fast, and smooth. Double version of the Axis A with an improved drive-shaft linkage specifically desig...Click To Read More About This Product

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A modern engineering marvel.

The Axis AL-2 Longboard Double Pedal is light, fast, and smooth. Double version of the Axis A with an improved drive-shaft linkage specifically designed to maintain the all-ball-bearing action that sets these pedals apart from anything else in the industry. The universal joints feature a zero-backlash design that transfers power from the slave side to the primary side with maximum torque, rebound, and sensitivity.

FEATURES
  • Patented variable drive lever allows the player to obtain the feel of any type of pedal with one simple adjustment
  • Beater-forward design substantially increases power without making it feel heavier
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AxisLongboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 70 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

If you have the money, try them, and then buy them.

So, I've had this pedal for about 3 years, and just today switched out the beaters, making me feel like I have enough of a grasp to finally review these. Axis'...Read complete review

So, I've had this pedal for about 3 years, and just today switched out the beaters, making me feel like I have enough of a grasp to finally review these. Axis' AL-2 Longboards are something special indeed. They are highly adjustable (but a tad of a pain in the butt to adjust). My advice would be to take them out of the box, and throw the Sonic Hammers away. It is a very cool design, and a good idea, but in practice, they aren't what they're supposed to be. Do yourself a favor and get some Iron Cobra beaters. They're the perfect match.Anyway, back to the pedal itself. The quality of these pedals are amazing. I've seen some rust on the drive shaft and some of the screws (It's Nashville, ALWAYS 110% humidity), but nothing too major. The driveshaft itself has no give whatsoever. This gives the slave pedal the exact amount of responsiveness as the master, and all the power. It's extremely sturdy, and I'm extremely impressed with it. The extended footboard is great (first set of longboards I have owned), and will accomidate pretty much any sized foot. This helps when finding the sweet spot, if you're playing super crazy 3000 bpm double bass (It's totally possible with these). They're definitely speed demons, but are also very nice at slower tempos too. I'm tired of people saying that these "hit like feathers" or are "only good if you're triggering". I play acoustic, and after switching the beaters out, I'm fairly sure I could punch through my BD head if I tried hard enough. If you're looking at them seriously, and have the money, try them out, and decide for yourself.TL;DR: Great quality. Hard to adjust (but will stay in place once you do). Good at all tempos. Hard hitter. Throw away Sonic Hammer.

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My experience with this pedal

was absolutely horrendous. For starters, this pedal has no "oompf" to speak of. If you don't mind sounding like a complete wimp when you play, go for it. The original...Read complete review

was absolutely horrendous. For starters, this pedal has no "oompf" to speak of. If you don't mind sounding like a complete wimp when you play, go for it. The original design for this pedal made the strongest point in the stroke about an inch from where the beater would actually hit the drum, after which you would lose momentum. The Sonic Hammer upgrade corrected that problem to a certain extent, but also left the user with a weaker beater design, resulting in snapped beater shafts. The springs are ridiculously fragile (both of mine broke) and when I called Axis, they promised to ship me new ones, but failed to deliver them. Six weeks later I called back, they apologized, and promised to ship them right away. That was three years ago. I'm still waiting....and worst of all? The hinge design. Two allen screws GLUED IN PLACE? You've got to be kidding!! No matter what I did, (including re-gluing them with Loc-tite on several occasions) the screws would not stay in place long enough to be useful. Twice in practice and once during a show (this being the last straw) the footboard COMPLETELY DISCONNECTED from the heel plate, rendering the pedal useless.Admittedly I can play faster on this pedal than any other pedal I've encountered, but with that many problems, you guys at Axis can keep your technologicly advanced piece of garbage.So in closing, I'd like to suggest you spend your money elsewhere. Zero durability + zero Power = a waste of your hard earned cash.Cheers.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you have the money, try them, and then buy them.

By Preston Warfield

from Nashville

Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

So, I've had this pedal for about 3 years, and just today switched out the beaters, making me feel like I have enough of a grasp to finally review these. Axis' AL-2 Longboards are something special indeed. They are highly adjustable (but a tad of a pain in the butt to adjust). My advice would be to take them out of the box, and throw the Sonic Hammers away. It is a very cool design, and a good idea, but in practice, they aren't what they're supposed to be. Do yourself a favor and get some Iron Cobra beaters. They're the perfect match.Anyway, back to the pedal itself. The quality of these pedals are amazing. I've seen some rust on the drive shaft and some of the screws (It's Nashville, ALWAYS 110% humidity), but nothing too major. The driveshaft itself has no give whatsoever. This gives the slave pedal the exact amount of responsiveness as the master, and all the power. It's extremely sturdy, and I'm extremely impressed with it. The extended footboard is great (first set of longboards I have owned), and will accomidate pretty much any sized foot. This helps when finding the sweet spot, if you're playing super crazy 3000 bpm double bass (It's totally possible with these). They're definitely speed demons, but are also very nice at slower tempos too. I'm tired of people saying that these "hit like feathers" or are "only good if you're triggering". I play acoustic, and after switching the beaters out, I'm fairly sure I could punch through my BD head if I tried hard enough. If you're looking at them seriously, and have the money, try them out, and decide for yourself.TL;DR: Great quality. Hard to adjust (but will stay in place once you do). Good at all tempos. Hard hitter. Throw away Sonic Hammer.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Longboards I've Ever Used

By Keith Horvath

from AZ

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Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

These pedals are absolutely fantastic. Whether you plan on running fast, playing a slower paced bass beat or using heal-toe. Like most people I started off using the standard length boards but I didn't particularly like them. Trying to do a double bass triplet on standards are very hard especially if you have big feet. I wear a size 13 and my entire foot can rest on them which makes putting that triplet in there so much easier. That or if you want to do a 16th note double hit there is no easier way than a heal-toe role which they make doing so simple. In fact these are so responsive you don't even need to lift your foot off the pedal at all to achieve it, they nearly play themselves. They are also extremely durable, well put together and have an infinite amount of ways to set them. I've used them for 2 years and I am completely satisfied their performance. Never even needed to readjust them or maintain them. However, if you have used standards for a long time or have never tried long boards before it will take a while to get used to them because they have such a light feeling. But every drummer I have let tried them out always had a expletive deleted eating grin on their face during and afterwards. There are only two down sides to these pedals. First, the length of beater rod sticking out of the back can AND will hit the top of your foot. I had to trim the length down about 2 inches to keep it from slamming into my foot during rebound. Second, the slave pedal shape is the same as the master. Meaning the master pedal board designed for a right foot is the same direction for the left which can be a little awkward. Last thing, aircraft grade aluminum is a gimmick so don't let that ignorant statements sway your purchase. All aluminum is aircraft grade. Even a soda can is, it's called sales pitch. Bottom line, worth every penny and you won't regret the purchase.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great for metal

By drumskater0308

from Loas Angeles, CA

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Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

In order to get these you have to be either a professional drummer or really good because noobs are just not for these pedals. theyre hard to get used to but once you do theyre amazing for metal drumming.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable.

By Reece Prideaux

from Undisclosed

Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

There are alot of reviews talking about how these pedals are uncontrolled or heavy and only suit heavy drumming. I play with a jazz ensemble as well as a rock band and a funk fusion group. these are the most controlled amazing pedals i have ever laid my feet on. even for jazz. where ever my foot goes the pedal goes with it. I have played both Pearl Demon Drives and Trick pedals. these are far far far better. yes being new pedals and being lighter than almost any other. it will take time to get used to them and learn how to control them like all new gear. but i would never recommend any other pedal after these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

(1 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Axis Longboard

By Sean -3H1ls

from America

Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

Axis pedals. One of the most talked about double pedals out there from what I hear. Alongside Pearl's Demon, the Trick Dominators, DW 9000s, Tama Cobras and so one. . I had the chance to use a set of these in a store for about 5 hours on an electric kit. I started out just playing around with the factory settings then tinkered with it to my liking. As soon as I started using it I knew the pedal was of high quality. But in my opinion, unless you are playing some of that crazy speed-core-metal-death bullshit whatever you don't need this. It does so much of the work for you. Oh, and it's made of "air-craft grade aluminum"? Axis, I'm hitting a drum, I'm not flying this thing across the God damn Atlantic Ocean. This pedal has some nice features, and is very durable, but it's not worth the price. I've been using Pearl Eliminators with the Powershifter plate for 4 years (after upgrading from some old Ludwigs that had served me for some time) and while there is no comparison as far as feel the Pearls are much more versatile and useful in multiple genres were the Axis fails to remove itself from music that requires only 64th note blast beats and so on.

(1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Meh. not really worth it.

By Cindy Chaco

from Sac, CA

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Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

to be honest. the pedals are WAY overhyped. I used these pedals for about a month and they were not special. yes the hardware is nice, and heavy duty and they are sleek, but a few huge drawbacks. adjusting them was a real hastle, they really didn't improve speed very much, if you arent using triggers these are useless, because you will lose your volume by putting your foot onto the "long board" area if you are reaching over 280 bpm. I gladly went back to my DW 9000s and am very happy I did, might not be longboards but they ROCK! really it's all a matter of preference/play style in the end.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Axis Pedal revelation

By benthekilla

from Iowa

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Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

About a year ago I had the pleasure of trying out an Axis AL-2 (classic black) in some tiny drum shop in New York. Even though it was on some loose bass drum practice pad, I fell in love. This pedal was right up my alley because a) I have size 12 feet, and b) I play a lot of heel-toe and double strokes. It crossed my mind many times since, and I was recently able to get one. Out of the box, the parts are extremely high quality. Putting it together took longer than expected, as a lot of parts were factory tightened and didn't connect into place without some elbow grease. The features are all relevant and usable without being out of hand. Spring tension is a bit of a pain to adjust, but once you know what you prefer you should be able to leave it alone. The variable Drive Lever acts as the cam system and allows you to adjust the leverage of the direct drive to a decent degree. (Lower setting feels harder/heavier, higher setting feels lighter/more accelerated.) The sonic hammer beaters are lighter than I was used to, but, like a lot of the other features, the pedal has a bit of a learning curve. Once I became used to its feel, it literally starts feeling like an extension of your feet. They are smooth, powerful, and responsive. As previously mentioned, this pedal is great for heel-toe because of the longboards. With max spring tension they can really fly. They are great quality all around- I haven't had any parts come loose/break. This said, they aren't the most accessible pedals because of their price, but it's surely a solid investment that can be used to improve foot techniques and even implement new ones.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pedals are amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

So before these I had been using a pair of dw 7000 series pedals; I never could adjust them quite right and no matter what i did to tweak them they always felt uneven, and i would play a gallup beat while attempting heel-toe; I could never get the hang of it.Out of the box and with about 5 minutes of tweaking the settings, the axis pedals feel amazing; even, light, and completely balanced. After a couple hours of practicing I got the hang of these and began to play faster than I ever have before.Heel-toe is incredibly simple on these, and the pedals are loud because of the beater style: A great combination of speed and power.There are only two problems with these that I have seen so far; one is that adjusting the beater is simply a pain, and the beater heads loosen and change angles while playing. Took a while to tighten the screws tight enough so they dont loosen and the beater heads are flat on the bass drum's surface.The second problem is the price; but hey, what are we to do. Relatively new design and because they are such a big upgrade compared to other pedals the companies can charge quite a bit. Probably not worth the price, but because there really is nothing cheaper with the same design we are S.O.L.; don't get me wrong, the quality of these pedals is great, but you pay for it.Had them for about a week now, not regretting the purchase at all.Bottom line, if you got the money, buy them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great pedal, but the simple drawbacks

By Owl

from Memphis, NY

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Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

I played this pedal for about 1 month before reviewing. I also own Pearl eliminators and have owned the Iron Cobras. The reason I got this was to improve my double speed as well as make super fast heel toe beats easier to play. The variable drive mechanism and the longboards are what make these pedals great. The "zero-backlash" linkage is also nice. What makes them not so great: All the allen key set screw adjustments. For example where the variable drive mechanism attaches to the main rotating drive shaft using 2 small set screws, screwed against the round shaft. This is the case for many of the parts which leads to more instances of loosening. Other manufacturers actually take the time/effort to make a more secure round clamp type design and feature drum key not allen wrench adjustment. Take a look at how Pearl has the eminator's spring attached to the main drive shaft for example. Additionally I find the footboard very uncomfortable on my barefoot/socked feet due to the overall geometry and cutout Axis and Made in USA logos. The other thing that really bugs me about this pedal is the terrible clamp. First the bottom of it is flat and doesn't seem to grab onto the drum hoop very well. Mine is always moving on the drum even if I clamp as tight as I can by hand. Additionally the clamp is centered with the main pedal. This makes the slave beater tend to be offset on the drum. Other double bass pedals center the clamp between the beaters and make centering easy. I also would like to mention that although the sonic beaters do work to adjust the beater to head distance it is a rather cumbersome way to do what Tama and Trick (maybe others) do by making the beaters able to adjust rotatonally around the main drive shaft. These are good pedals based on the performance of the variable drive mechanism and the extended footboard, however I have decided to return mine and use my engineering background to make my own custom pedals adding these and other features by severely modifying a set of eliminators to make an even better set of pedals. If this works out I will most likely provide construction details to any interested drummers looking to get an even better pedal.

 
5.0

Make sure you know what your in for

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Axis Longboard A Double Bass Drum Pedal:

A lot of people will claim that you can pick these up and fly with them. That is simply not true. With the direct drive, there is a substantial period in which you become accustomed to it. Make sure you know that it will take a while to get used to these. You will not be "Joey Jordison" because you have these pedals. That is a long term skill.

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