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Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater 

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Developed for the Axis A pedal, the Axis Sonic Hammer makes it possible to adjust the point at which the beater impacts the drumhead. It acts as a fo...Click To Read More About This Product

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With variable stroke length.

Developed for the Axis A pedal, the Axis Sonic Hammer makes it possible to adjust the point at which the beater impacts the drumhead. It acts as a footboard height adjustment and offers a unique and very positive feel. Increases the power of the Axis A without making it feel heavier.

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  • Allows adjustment of beater impact point
  • Acts as a footboard height adjustment
  • Provides a unique and positive feel
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AxisSonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater
 
3.2

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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Great Speciality Beater

This is a great beater for specific applications, and it works great, if set-up correctly. The biggest complaint (among other reviewers) is the head loosening up. I spoke with the engineers at...Read complete review

This is a great beater for specific applications, and it works great, if set-up correctly. The biggest complaint (among other reviewers) is the head loosening up. I spoke with the engineers at Axis, who explained the photograph shows the wrong set-up. The head (tightening knob) MUST be rotated off to the side (at either the 3 or 9'o'clock position ... simple enough)), NOT at the top (12'o'clock position), as pictured. This will alleviate ALL head-loosening problems. I play an 18" Gretsch Catalina bass drum, and with a 'normal' pedal set-up (because the head is so small), the beater strikes too close to the top. So, I got a Gibralter bass drum riser, which works (and looks)great, but the pedal now is too far away from the head. The Axis Sonic Hammer was the PERFECT solution (with its adjustable head extension). It is a touch on the heavy side, but (with the cork pad), packs a real whollop ... the neighbors are even noticing. The Axis tech suggested trimming the excess (back end) off the head rod, to save weight. The felt pad is 'warmer' sound, and also has a slight problem: It was impossible to cleanly peel the paper off the sticky part (from the back of the felt), leaving me with no choice but to glue it on. Also, there's no way to swap the felt/cork pads w/o ruining the stick'um. Overall, this is a VERY durable product, which was the PERFECT solution to my situation. It looks and sounds GREAT! The Axis people were VERY helpful, and I'd definitely recommend The Sonic Hammer.

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PRONE TO BREAK!

I have a set of Axis dub pedals I bought about two years ago. The pedals are fine, but I have replaced the beaters 3 times and it?s due for another set....Read complete review

I have a set of Axis dub pedals I bought about two years ago. The pedals are fine, but I have replaced the beaters 3 times and it?s due for another set. They are extremely versatile, but they are basically plastic crap. The problem I have had with all three sets is the cheap threading of the wing nut. They are always striping out and Flying across the room. The worst part about these beaters is that I have never even toured with these; they are breaking in my HOME studio. All in all axis pedals are great, but stay far away from the beaters.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Speciality Beater

By SeagreenDW

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

This is a great beater for specific applications, and it works great, if set-up correctly. The biggest complaint (among other reviewers) is the head loosening up. I spoke with the engineers at Axis, who explained the photograph shows the wrong set-up. The head (tightening knob) MUST be rotated off to the side (at either the 3 or 9'o'clock position ... simple enough)), NOT at the top (12'o'clock position), as pictured. This will alleviate ALL head-loosening problems. I play an 18" Gretsch Catalina bass drum, and with a 'normal' pedal set-up (because the head is so small), the beater strikes too close to the top. So, I got a Gibralter bass drum riser, which works (and looks)great, but the pedal now is too far away from the head. The Axis Sonic Hammer was the PERFECT solution (with its adjustable head extension). It is a touch on the heavy side, but (with the cork pad), packs a real whollop ... the neighbors are even noticing. The Axis tech suggested trimming the excess (back end) off the head rod, to save weight. The felt pad is 'warmer' sound, and also has a slight problem: It was impossible to cleanly peel the paper off the sticky part (from the back of the felt), leaving me with no choice but to glue it on. Also, there's no way to swap the felt/cork pads w/o ruining the stick'um. Overall, this is a VERY durable product, which was the PERFECT solution to my situation. It looks and sounds GREAT! The Axis people were VERY helpful, and I'd definitely recommend The Sonic Hammer.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

PRONE TO BREAK!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

I have a set of Axis dub pedals I bought about two years ago. The pedals are fine, but I have replaced the beaters 3 times and it?s due for another set. They are extremely versatile, but they are basically plastic crap. The problem I have had with all three sets is the cheap threading of the wing nut. They are always striping out and Flying across the room. The worst part about these beaters is that I have never even toured with these; they are breaking in my HOME studio. All in all axis pedals are great, but stay far away from the beaters.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Riser Solution

By William

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Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

Perfect for the Ludwig Breakbeats or any smaller bass drum using a riser.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Beater could use some revising

By JimmyP

from Fords, NJ

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • impact head lock screw
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    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    I got my first set of Axis Longboards about 10 years ago and they came with the Sonic Hammer. I noticed this beater felt heavy which required a higher spring tension to compensate. Also in my case, the beater impacted at the vertical with top rod fully recessed back as far as it would go. If I extended the rod, the beater would impact with the footplate at a higher angle than I was comfortable with. I used with the unadorned beater and it gave a nice slap (which is what I desired). I had to be careful with the backend of the pedal hitting my foot though. I had difficulty with the beater head constantly coming loose after 15-20 minutes, so I was constantly resetting and tightening. No instructions came that recommended tightening the beater with the knob at the 3 or 9 o'clock position.

    I have noticed that some pedals have the beater shaft go far past the vertical before the beater impacts the head. Sometimes almost to the point where the footplate bottoms out. If you have this condition, this beater will be a great solution. It has a hefty price tag but it would be cheaper than getting a new pedal.

    Since I didn't have this issue I replaced this beater with the more traditional Axis Beater. It looks and feels like hard plastic but I believe it is actually hard rubber. This beater has a long shaft and is much lighter, which I prefer. I would recommend this beater if you have the aforementioned issue with the beater angle going far past the vertical before head impact is achieved otherwise I would recommend using a different style beater.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Beater

    By Steve-DXoFk

    from Ramsey, NJ

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    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    the sonic hammer beater increases speed and power.it is a very good beater.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    NOT DURABLE

    By Nick Huskins

    from mount holly, nc

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    these beaters have many cons. they are not sturdy, they are made from a mold so they are not solid steel therefor they break quiet easly when played at a moderate to hard stoke. i have had 2 beaters break in my time of owning the axis pedals and needless to say i wont play axis anymore.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    sonic hammer beaters

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    i own the axis al long board double pedal and agree with the other commentary,i do not like these beaters. the part that makes contact with the head is hard to keep in position and tight. it seems like you are tweaking and fighting these sonic hammers alot rather than them just flowing. i'm looking into the older axis beaters

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good on paper but...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    too many adjustments and annoying to get adjusted just right. The ball mount holding the beater keeps changing position while tightening the beater... minor. The one thing I dislike, switching from DW beaters is that it doesn't have a memory lock as to how far down to place the beaters on the pedal. As well as the complaint that other reviews stated that the beater has less rebound than competitors. There's much more power when it hits the head but much harder to achieve higher speeds. I'll definitely hold on to them to practice with but the DW's are going back on for any shows, no doubt.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    sonice hammers

    By Alex Hollingsworth

    from Texas

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    The first problem i seen about these hammers are that the actual beater part of this tends to loosen while playing causing the hammer to not hit your bass drum perfect, basically its just wobbling all over the place. They are heavy as well and cant seem to get great momentum out of them. Buy some IC beaters.. felt or rubber.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Well

    By Big Jim Steamroller

    from Naperville, IL

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    Worked fantastically until I cracked the rod in half, on 2 occasions. Not recommended for hard players.

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