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Yamaha Flying Dragon Direct Drive Single Foot Pedal   

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Newly designed aluminum die-cast frame is easy to cart yet it's road tough. Lock in your footboard, beater angle, and spring tension settings for tot...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rock-solid stability and a quick-release bass plate.

Newly designed aluminum die-cast frame is easy to cart yet it's road tough. Lock in your footboard, beater angle, and spring tension settings for total confidence. Direct drive for peerless precision and perfect action.

FEATURES
  • Rock-solid stability
  • Quick-release bass plate
  • Newly designed aluminum die cast frame
  • Lock-in footboard, beater angle, and spring tension settings

Make your move today - it could be the last pedal you'll ever need.

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4.1

(based on 10 reviews)

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Best. Pedal. PERIOD!!!

I usually find all quality pedals to be about the same. Not this one! The direct drive (metal linkage instead of a chain or a strap) is unbeliveable! This pedal gives me...Read complete review

I usually find all quality pedals to be about the same. Not this one! The direct drive (metal linkage instead of a chain or a strap) is unbeliveable! This pedal gives me more speed and power per stroke than any other pedal I have used. With this direct drive pedal, I don't feel like my foot is playing a pedal, it literally feels like the pedal is just a part of my foot. Everything my foot does, the pedal does effortlessly! I know this is hard to describe, but if you've ever played one, you know what I mean. Some people will say a direct drive is hard to get used to, but I had always played a chain drive up until this one and I had no trouble adjusting to it at all. The only thing that you need to adjust to is the fact that you'll have more speed and power for the same amount of foot pressure than on a chain drive! Plus, this is the only pedal I've played(including DW) where the upstroke feels EXACTLY the same as the downstroke. This pedal is something you need to play to believe, and is MUCH better than any other pedal out there (including it's fellow direct drive counterparts, Axis and the Ludwig Speed King.) If you get a chance, check this pedal out. Your foot won't want anything else underneath it after that!

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yamaha gear can be noisy

This pedal has a lot of great features. The quick release throw-off to attach to the bass drum is great. The fact that everything is adjustable is great. The direct drive is responsive...Read complete review

This pedal has a lot of great features. The quick release throw-off to attach to the bass drum is great. The fact that everything is adjustable is great. The direct drive is responsive in a way that chains aren't (different, not necessarily better) Unfortunately the thing has sympathetic noises that I just can't get rid of. It's almost like a clicking sound coming from one of the joints of the direct arm. I can't isolate the sound to get rid of it. It just seems like a bad design. Musical instruments CANNOT have noisy parts. I've had this problem with other Yamaha instruments as well. Some sort of ghetto rigging usually gets rid of the noise... but who wants to do that?Also on the negative side is the fact that you have limited beater height adjustment. You can't lower the beater very much (pushing it into the pedal farther) because the shaft of the beater will be stopped by a nut and bolt at the joint of the direct drive (the joint that doesn't make the rattling noise.) So, I can't use this pedal on my 18" Yamaha bass drum because the beater hits too high on the drumhead and sounds thin.Maybe this pedal was only intended to be used on very large drums and in very loud situations (where rattling noises would go unnoticed) but rattling noises would show up in the studio, and a bolt getting in the way of beater height is just a bad design. They added a lot of features, but sacrificed others, and the rattling is unnacceptable to me. I'm trying to get rid of this pedal right now.

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2.0

yamaha gear can be noisy

By Ronald

from Charleston, SC

This pedal has a lot of great features. The quick release throw-off to attach to the bass drum is great. The fact that everything is adjustable is great. The direct drive is responsive in a way that chains aren't (different, not necessarily better) Unfortunately the thing has sympathetic noises that I just can't get rid of. It's almost like a clicking sound coming from one of the joints of the direct arm. I can't isolate the sound to get rid of it. It just seems like a bad design. Musical instruments CANNOT have noisy parts. I've had this problem with other Yamaha instruments as well. Some sort of ghetto rigging usually gets rid of the noise... but who wants to do that?Also on the negative side is the fact that you have limited beater height adjustment. You can't lower the beater very much (pushing it into the pedal farther) because the shaft of the beater will be stopped by a nut and bolt at the joint of the direct drive (the joint that doesn't make the rattling noise.) So, I can't use this pedal on my 18" Yamaha bass drum because the beater hits too high on the drumhead and sounds thin.Maybe this pedal was only intended to be used on very large drums and in very loud situations (where rattling noises would go unnoticed) but rattling noises would show up in the studio, and a bolt getting in the way of beater height is just a bad design. They added a lot of features, but sacrificed others, and the rattling is unnacceptable to me. I'm trying to get rid of this pedal right now.

 
2.0

Feels good to play, but noisy.

By Jim, not the runner

from Vt

Pros

  • Nice action and adjustability on my 18" bass.

Cons

  • Noisy, clicks, metal on metal sounds. Annoying.

Best Uses

    I did not notice sympathetic noise at first but do now. Not sure if it was this way from the start. I see another reviewer has the same experience so unfortunately, there is a problem. It's my practice pedal now. Bought an Iron Cobra.

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    5.0

    Good Solid Pedal

    By DrummerGeek

    from Biloxi, MS

    I bought this pedal about 2 years ago. I had many pedals before and at the time only like strap pedals. I thought the best pedal around was the Premier Model 252 strap drive. I was told to try direct drive when I was buying a new pedal so I gave it a shot. This pedal has stood up to my constant abuse with few problems. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that to keep the beater on it had to really be tightened which was fine except I snapped the head of the tool that comes with it open. Other than that this pedal is golden. I am buying the double pedal version in about a month. This pedal is fast, smooth, and VERY responsive.

     
    2.0

    I ain't mad at cha'

    By sugabear1981

    from Tampa, Fl

    I'm a late blooming fan for Yamaha products. Just about everything I try out by this company is above average... except this pedal. The thing really does suck (no offense Yamaha). I shopped around for pedals for months and fell in love with the double chain drive of this version. Store clerk told me that the Direct Drive was a bit faster in action; that was up my alley, being that I'm a gospel drummer and this particular genre requires a lot of foot work, so I got it for Christmas. Christmas morning wasn't joyous for me. I tried every adjustment imaginable but just couldn't get this thing to feel right. Considering that I've played chain drives all my life, this pedal was just weird. It has no presence and it doesn't feel natural. It felt almost like a spoon attached to a piece of cardboard. Anyway, I'm taking this bad boy back and exchanging it for the double chain drive. Yamaha, don't be mad at me, but, if I'm not satisfied with the chain drive, I'll be president of the fan club for everything else except this line of footpedals.P.S. Can you say Iron Cobra!

     
    5.0

    Fast, built like a rock

    By follydan

    from South Carolina

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    Just got this today, and right out of the box it felt just exactly right. All of a sudden I'm FAST, too. I've been using an Iron Cobra Jr. that I've liked a lot, but this Yamaha is much faster, and feels more precise. There is no slack in the action at all -- whatever your foot does goes directly into the pedal, so if you're used to a strap drive this is gonna feel weird. Personally, I can tell already this is the best pedal I've ever used. The feel and action are just right. Instead of me fighting a pedal for speed, this Flying Dragon goes just as fast as I can. Really a great pedal.

     
    5.0

    Very easy to use!

    By RudyblacK

    from Puebla, Mexico

    It's not like the double pedal, but it's very easy to use. it has a very good punch, and it's very soft at touch, one of the best single pedals.

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Tyler-FiQ5a

    from Fredericton, NB

    The pedal is very smooth and easily the fastest, most direct pedal I've ever used. I tend to find chain pedals lag a bit when I use them, but the metal on the Flying Dragon didn't have this problem. The beater essentially moved with my foot which I liked very much. It's very easy to get really good speed with it as well! After a short time adjusting the pedal and getting used to it, I found that I was able to play the bass drum much faster than with my previous pedal, or any other I've tried.

     
    5.0

    One awesome pedal!

    By Stanley Cup

    from Ann Arbor, MI

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    This pedal gives you a great feel that a chain drive just can't. For the most part, I play heel down, and this pedal really caters to heel down players! I can get just as much power and speed playing heel down as I can playing heel up. It is awesome! Everything is thoroughly adjustable (spring tension, footboard angle and beater angle) independent of each other. I also like the gig bag and the quick release clamp. It is completely silent, I do not experience any rattling at all, like another reviewer posted. I am not fond of the beater, but that's an easy swap, and the memory lock for this beater will fit any other beater. Two MINOR complaints: 1. The area that clamps on to the actual drum hoop is metal. It should be covered in rubber to avoid scarring the bass hoop. I solved this by using a piece of Rubbermaid Shelf Liner 2. The spring tension does not go very tight. I have the tension cranked as tight as it will go, and I would say it is at a medium tension, It works fine for me, but if you like a really tight pedal, this one may not be for you. Overall, I love it and recommened to ANYONE, especially heel down players!

     
    5.0

    Best. Pedal. PERIOD!!!

    By Winged Wheel Watcher

    from Ann Arbor, MI

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    I usually find all quality pedals to be about the same. Not this one! The direct drive (metal linkage instead of a chain or a strap) is unbeliveable! This pedal gives me more speed and power per stroke than any other pedal I have used. With this direct drive pedal, I don't feel like my foot is playing a pedal, it literally feels like the pedal is just a part of my foot. Everything my foot does, the pedal does effortlessly! I know this is hard to describe, but if you've ever played one, you know what I mean. Some people will say a direct drive is hard to get used to, but I had always played a chain drive up until this one and I had no trouble adjusting to it at all. The only thing that you need to adjust to is the fact that you'll have more speed and power for the same amount of foot pressure than on a chain drive! Plus, this is the only pedal I've played(including DW) where the upstroke feels EXACTLY the same as the downstroke. This pedal is something you need to play to believe, and is MUCH better than any other pedal out there (including it's fellow direct drive counterparts, Axis and the Ludwig Speed King.) If you get a chance, check this pedal out. Your foot won't want anything else underneath it after that!

     
    5.0

    Great pedal, wack beater

    By Theandychrist

    from CT

    I bought this pedal about two months ago, and I love it. I switched the beater with an iron cobra rubber beater, jacked the spring tension as high as it would go, and the thing feels great. My only complaint is that the spring tension does not get as tight as I would like, but it's pretty close. I'm very happy with it.

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