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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
  • Increases Axis A power without making it feel heavier
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AxisSonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater
 
3.2

(based on 22 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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
  • Instructions

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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.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Alright Beater.

    By pearldrummer16

    from Lebanon, PA

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    I purchased 2 Axis Long boards and received these beaters. If you play metal, I recommend buying new beaters like the DW beater. The sonic beater is the worst but it has no power and its just not the greatest for heavy and fast drumming. If you play any other style then yeah they are great but for brutal playing I recommend getting the DW beaters, those have great power behind them.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    nahhh...

    By ray langlais

    from 8

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    lol i didnt have any problem with the quality but i changed them cuz they are wayyy to heavy lol .... this is all

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Very Light

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

    A very light, very adjustable beater. The weight makes it have almost zero momentum.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    very fragile

    By roger

    from brazil

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      • Not Functional

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        Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

        the head beater is very fragile! for all those play hard, i dont recommend. they should make it better!!!!

         
        5.0

        Excellent added adjustability

        By Davey

        from Oregon

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Perfect Beater Head Align
        • Select Pedal Travel
        • Total Adjustability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electric Drums
          • Practicing

          Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

          These beaters are great in allowing you to reduce the required pedal travel for a quicker strike action. While you may lose a bit of power, the speed factor is great. You can move your toe closer to the bass side for better, more efficient power transfer.
          These can be especially effective on electric drums, where the 'power' is generated by the sample selection/amplifier. Just makes quick hits easier, and great for fast double bass action.
          The flat beater head is also precisely adjustable for a full, flat head impact of the total beater face - another nice feature. I'm totally sold on these. Good value for what you get.
          Axis makes the best pedals and beaters !
          Yes, I already had Axis double bass pedal, and this enhances them.

           
          5.0

          Great beater!

          By albertoflamini

          from Miami, FL

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

            Great beater!

             
            5.0

            Great Hammer

            By Jeff-GYhYW

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

            With this hammer alone, you can adjust the hammer's length, it's distance from the kickdrum head, and the angle of the hammer-head. This will make it possible for the hammer to hit the drumhead squarely. I think this gives some users the illusion that it's a heavy hammer, because a sqaure hit means a powerful hit, even heel-down. Most pedals make partial contact with kickdrums.

            In relation to a traditional felt beater, this is a heavy hammer, but compare it to DW's hammers or Iron Cobra's hammers, and it's comparable weight. The easiest solution is to choke-up on the rod to lower the hammer's center of gravity, it will feel lighter.

            The wingnut, which, secures the hammer-head to the pivot-joint, is plastic. I see this breaking soon. I don't want to junk the entire thing because of that, so, I plan on rethreading the screw-hole with heli-coil. It's silly that I should have to do this to a pedal that's this expensive. I think they did it to cut down on the weight, but, I'd rather have a heavy hammer than one that will break in mid-set.
            It does have a plastic wingnut and plastic threading. Which, is pretty senseless considerig the rest of the pedal is rock-solid.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Axis sonic hammer

            By DWOtt

            from Phoenix, AZ

            Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

            excellent design and features but hard/fast use can cause metal fatigue resulting in premature component failure. Axis needs to find a better material to compliment the great design.

             
            2.0

            Well...they look cool....

            By PearlDrummer27

            from Midwest

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            Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

            I bought a pair of these to put on my Iron Cobra double pedal to check them out. The flat beater is supposed to make a louder sound on the drum with less effort because of the 'slapping' effect but haven't found this to be true, exactly. They look awsome, but they're a pain to adjust, they break easy, and they offer zero weight with which to get momentum. When I bought the Longboard pedals (awesome) they came fitted with these as well, but I haven't changed them yet. If you don't have a heavy foot, go for these.

             
            4.0

            Too light

            By TamaMan-yQvgQ

            from Maryland

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            Comments about Axis Sonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater:

            Overall good beaters, but you can't get any momentum, making it harder to play 32nd notes, etc on double pedal.

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