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The supremely consistent kick pedal of legendary jazz and fusion drummer, Jojo Mayer.

With a design conceived over six years of tireless personal experimentation, the Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Pedal by Sonor is a carefully calibrated system that optimizes the linear translation of your foot movements and makes many adjustments expendable. It possesses the soul and feel of a vintage pedal reincarnated in the technology of a 21st century body.

Starting at its foundation, this pedal is engineered to fuse tradition and innovation. The drive cam and beater hub are streamlined into a single unit for low mass and calibrated for perfectly balanced strokes. A round cam design creates linear acceleration that is an advantage for many hybrid techniques.

The pedal offers a sensitivity that borders on intuition. An elongated and smooth footboard adds more leverage to the stroke and allows extended range of movement for heel toe and sliding techniques. Ballistic fiber strap minimizes inertia of the drive system and offers a quicker and smoother response than chain or solid drives. For those who prefer the strength and feel of chain, the pedal can easily be retrofitted with a double chain.

A revolutionary quick, self-mount affixes the pedal with a single motion, while the clamp adjusts to all hoop thicknesses. Magnetic spring dock secures spring during transportation that dramatically extends the life of the spring. In additional, standard allen screws are metric items that can be obtained at every good hardware store. No need to special order replacement screws any longer.

For the traveling percussionist, this pedal also easily folds into a compact size with the click of a button. Compact Tarpaulin style pedal bag makes bulky carrying cases obsolete. Includes shoulder strap.

FEATURES
  • Low mass drive system
  • Elongated footboard
  • Ballistic-quality fiber strap
  • Self-mounting clamp
  • Magnetic spring dock
  • Non-proprietary screws
  • Folding design

Find your perfect musical balance starting from the low end on up. Carry it out today!

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SonorJojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Smooth (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The New Standard

Ok so I have reviewed several pedals on here, the last being the Tama Speed Cobra compared to the Pearl Demon. I play, practice and perform 18 to 20 hrs a week so...Read complete review

Ok so I have reviewed several pedals on here, the last being the Tama Speed Cobra compared to the Pearl Demon. I play, practice and perform 18 to 20 hrs a week so I have ample time to try new products as they come out. In my review of the Speed Cobra I eluded to the fact that it played similar to the old Ludwig Speed Kings which is a great thing. The Jojo pedal takes this concept 3 steps further and he has created the ultimate vintage feel pedal with modern construction and engineering. That being said here are a few points buyers should consider:

If you are looking for a pedal with effortless motion, minimal tweaking, unbelievable control,and ease of setup, this is definitely the pedal for you. If on the other hand, you are looking for a pedal with tons of power, and extreme speed I would suggest the Pearl Demon. This is not a speed metal pedal but rather for the player who wants master complex kick drum rhythms.

I now own 6 pedals which include a Yamaha Flying Dragon double, DW 9000. Trick Pro V, Axis Long board, Tama Speed Cobra and this Jojo Perfect Balance. All these pedals have advantages in certain playing conditions. I still favor the Speed Cobra for live performances because I feel it gives the best of both worlds in playing power and control, however the Jojo pedal is my new standard in the studio not only for ease of playing but it's extremely QUIET. No pedal noise at all. This is one pedal I would highly recommend to any studio musician or drummer looking to improve their kick drum playing technique. Overall in the top 3 pedals on the market.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stay away from this,

Jo Jo Mayer is one of my favorite drummers and I love his heal to toe playing.
I bought this in hopes that it would make my heal to toe better.
It...Read complete review

Jo Jo Mayer is one of my favorite drummers and I love his heal to toe playing.
I bought this in hopes that it would make my heal to toe better.
It worked OK, not great for about three months and then started to literally fall apart.
The pedal has four plastic pieces that touch the hoop and every time I had to adjust the pedal which was often these piece became dislodged.
I could never get it to it flat no matter what type of surface I was on and in the end the nuts on the spring started to fall out while using it causing you to basically have no pedal.
I called the people I bought it from after four months and they graciously refunded my money when I sent it back.
I could have sold it but good conscience would not allow me.
Back to my Iron Cobra 900 and that is a reliable a you can get.
Good luck and good health

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The New Standard

By Rudedog-gWrft

from Nashville

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Pros

  • Excellent Playability
  • Simple Design

Cons

  • Not For Metal Freaks

Best Uses

    Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

    Ok so I have reviewed several pedals on here, the last being the Tama Speed Cobra compared to the Pearl Demon. I play, practice and perform 18 to 20 hrs a week so I have ample time to try new products as they come out. In my review of the Speed Cobra I eluded to the fact that it played similar to the old Ludwig Speed Kings which is a great thing. The Jojo pedal takes this concept 3 steps further and he has created the ultimate vintage feel pedal with modern construction and engineering. That being said here are a few points buyers should consider:

    If you are looking for a pedal with effortless motion, minimal tweaking, unbelievable control,and ease of setup, this is definitely the pedal for you. If on the other hand, you are looking for a pedal with tons of power, and extreme speed I would suggest the Pearl Demon. This is not a speed metal pedal but rather for the player who wants master complex kick drum rhythms.

    I now own 6 pedals which include a Yamaha Flying Dragon double, DW 9000. Trick Pro V, Axis Long board, Tama Speed Cobra and this Jojo Perfect Balance. All these pedals have advantages in certain playing conditions. I still favor the Speed Cobra for live performances because I feel it gives the best of both worlds in playing power and control, however the Jojo pedal is my new standard in the studio not only for ease of playing but it's extremely QUIET. No pedal noise at all. This is one pedal I would highly recommend to any studio musician or drummer looking to improve their kick drum playing technique. Overall in the top 3 pedals on the market.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Amazing Pedal @ Any Price

    By papaholdy-OTEPf

    from VA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Fast Set Up
    • Good Quality
    • Simplicity
    • Unbelievable Response

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Primary Kick Pedal

      Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

      I am biased as Jojo Mayer's Secret Weapons... video helped me so much after an elbow surgery, he is just the technique-master-genius. I still use (love and swear by) his signature sticks. Anyway, I have playing on a Pearl Demon Drive (double)as my primary pedal. A great(but overly expensive) pedal. However, I am not a DB drummer at heart, so I was looking for a new single kick pedal.

      That said, the first look at the pedal I was underwhelmed. I saw it in the store on a counter display and I thought it was just some new Sonor prototype. The simple polished metal footboard made it seem unfinished and the strap drive looked chinsy to me. Shows what I know.

      Then I noticed it was Jojo's and I was surprised. I had come in pretty much set on picking up the single Tama Speed Cobra but this was a possible game changer.

      I spent a half hour in the store with the Perfect balanced and I was amazed. It is the best pedal I have ever used. It responds to even the smallest of motion. It reminds me a lot of the old Speed
      king but somehow updated and more responsive.

      The push button fold/set up is genius and makes set up that much easier.

      If you are a sigle kick player, this is the last kick pedal you will ever need.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great lighter jazz-type pedal

      By 1n2n3n4n

      from Kansas City

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      Pros

      • Dynamic
      • Quick
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Cheap Strap

      Best Uses

      • Jazz

      Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

      It's a very lightweight feeling pedal and very responsive and quick; it does exatly what your foot does. It would make a great jazz drummer's pedal where finesse and dynamics instead of a lot of force and power are used. It's a quiet pedal too, the only slight sound comes from the spring.
      It starts with a low footboard position that is kind of odd feeling but slightly adjustable. It is a much more dynamic pedal than I'm used to and will take some practice to get used to the much lighter feel.
      It seems the strap is a thin strip of rubber which stretches easily and the pedal bottoms out if playing too hard; don't know how long the strap will hold up before needing replaced (can see making my own from a vacuum cleaner belt or nylon strap of some kind). It's definitely not a hard rock, power pedal like the Pearl Demon pedal.
      I'm not a gigging drummer and don't take my pedal too many places so the fold-up feature is nice but irrelevant for me.
      In all it's a great pedal, it's very smooth and responsive. But it seems a bit over-priced.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      don't buy this pedal!!!!

      By vern

      from brooklyn, ny

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

          Pedal broke after only one year of light use. Found out many people have had the same problem. Sonor refused to replace it even though they're well aware of all the design flaws. Very disappointed.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Perfect Pedal for 2 years

          By shaolin_cb

          from Baltimore, md

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Feel
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Lacks Durabilitiy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

            Worked and felt great till it broke after 2 years of use. Too much force applied to only a single brace arm. Perhaps if you never moved it and kept it on the same drum it would last longer. But then what is the point of the folding function? Also, it only works on a flat surface. It will not function properly on a carpeted floor.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best pedal on the market

            By youtube.com/drumgarner

            from Sioux City, IA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Smoot

            Cons

            • Orginal Beater

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

            I have owned Axis, DW 5000 and 9000, Mapex Falcons, Iron Cobras, Eliminators, and now this pedal.

            This pedal is smooth, and it really makes your foot feel like its floating and works with your foot not against it. People always said the power was lost in the pedal, and that's not the case at all

            The ONLY negative is the beater, for me the white felt just feels weird (I'm not an old school drummer). It does sound good being recorded but I prefer a wood beater on it

            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Disappointing

            By ChipKid

            from Quad Cities, IA

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            Pros

            • Functional

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

              I tried one of these out when I was looking for a new pedal recently. I have to say, I was very disappointed in this pedal, in particular.

              My first problem with it was the clamp. Yes, it has one of the single-motion, self clamping mechanisms, but the adjustment location for it is so poorly placed and inconvenient that it becomes frustrating just to set it.

              The ability to break the pedal down to a more compact size is pretty cool. Not at all necessary, but pretty cool. The problem with this design is that the tolerances seem too broad for the swivel assembly. When using the pedal, the entire post rocks back and forth, because the swivel doesn't latch tight enough.

              Other than the rocking post, the pedal actually plays very well. It's very responsive, but not made for powerful playing. Not as responsive as the DW 9000 I bought instead, but it's up there. The simplistic design and look is great, as well.

              I would like to see them relocate the adjustment screw, and either fix the swivel mechanism, or get rid of it. Then make it a little more robust, and they'd have one all around killer pedal on their hands.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazingly sensitive

              By Mr.Cheese

              from Quebec, Canada, Up North

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              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Responsive
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

                Ok, so I went over to my music shop to compare (side-by-side) a *few* pedals. -> Tama Iron & Speed Cobra, Dw 5000 & 9000, Pearl Eliminator & Demon Drive, Ludwig Atlas Pro, and this bad boy. Note that they were all single pedals.

                This is the order that I have ended up with, based solely on feel, smooth-ivity, and control. 1) Sonor Jojo, 2) Dw 9000, 3) Ludwig Atlas Pro, 4) Tama Speed Cobra, 5) Pearl Eliminator, 6) Dw 5000, 7) Tama Iron Cobra, 8) Pearl Demon Drive.

                Another thing is that I have my spring tension below the *average* drummer. I like to work for my strokes, but to bounce back quick and sweetly.

                This pedal does it, but see it like this; When I held the beater ON the head, and then let go, it went fully down, 4/5th back up, back down to *the middle* and then wobbled about for 1-2 seconds.

                What this means is that you get an awesome kick back, but past that nada, nothing, niet.

                I would heavily and super-duper-bly recommend this pedal, but the one itch is that for metalheads who crank the spring WAAYYYYYY high, look away, because you'll end up throwing it off a cliff.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So fresh, so clean

                By AHC

                from Wilmington, NC

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                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

                  The packaging is incredible. The pedal is incredible. It's incre-pedal.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Stay away from this,

                  By hey gee

                  from Orlando Florida

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Not Functional
                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sonor Jojo Mayer Perfect Balance Single Bass Drum Pedal with Gig Bag:

                      Jo Jo Mayer is one of my favorite drummers and I love his heal to toe playing.
                      I bought this in hopes that it would make my heal to toe better.
                      It worked OK, not great for about three months and then started to literally fall apart.
                      The pedal has four plastic pieces that touch the hoop and every time I had to adjust the pedal which was often these piece became dislodged.
                      I could never get it to it flat no matter what type of surface I was on and in the end the nuts on the spring started to fall out while using it causing you to basically have no pedal.
                      I called the people I bought it from after four months and they graciously refunded my money when I sent it back.
                      I could have sold it but good conscience would not allow me.
                      Back to my Iron Cobra 900 and that is a reliable a you can get.
                      Good luck and good health

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