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Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal

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The essential features of Tama's vaunted Iron Cobra, boiled down and engineered for blinding speed. New features include the Fastball Bearing, Lite S...Click To Read More About This Product

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Lightning fast with serious power.

The essential features of Tama's vaunted Iron Cobra, boiled down and engineered for blinding speed. New features include the Fastball Bearing, Lite Sprocket, Super Spring, and Projector Beater.

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TamaSpeed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (20)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Functional (14)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Smooth (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Metal (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Busted spring in less than a year. Boo!

This review is coming from a fan of Tama for some 20+ years and an owner of an Iron Cobra for 10+ years. Tama has made and continues to make fantastic drums and...Read complete review

This review is coming from a fan of Tama for some 20+ years and an owner of an Iron Cobra for 10+ years. Tama has made and continues to make fantastic drums and insanely tough hardware. I never broke anything on any of my Tama equipment. I've owned my Speed Cobra since April 2013 and the pedal never left the house. In fact, I never even changed the factory settings on anything except the beater height, as they played great right out of the box. I practice progressive speed punk/metal about an hour a day on my 2Box kit. The spring broke from the master pedal in the middle of my regular practice. Really disappointed given Tama's reputation, the other reviews I've read reporting broken springs, and especially as I don't have a spare spring handy. Luckily I didn't liquidate my Iron Cobras which have never failed me, so they're back on the kit. And to top it off, I couldn't even find the HP910-7S on MusiciansFriend.com. Poop! OK, I'm done whining. Good pedals though, and definitely an upgrade from my Iron Cobras, but buyer beware! \m/

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as impressed as I thought I'd be

I bought a Double Speed Cobra after trying one out in a shop that was set up on a Roland V-Drums kit. The feel and balance was extremely smooth and the quality of construction...Read complete review

I bought a Double Speed Cobra after trying one out in a shop that was set up on a Roland V-Drums kit. The feel and balance was extremely smooth and the quality of construction seemed to be very high. It impressed me enough to go ahead and purchase one. The problem I had with it was not evident until I got them back home and started using them on my acoustic drum kit. The design of the Double Speed Cobra is such that it has the beaters striking the head unevenly centered on the drum. The main beater hits the drum in the center and the slave hits the head off to the left. The result is a different tone and feel from each beater. It's certsinly not what I would have expected from a high end double pedal. I feel like it's a design that should have been different and could have been easily made so that the attack and feel would be the same. I sold the Speed Cobra and went back to my Pearl Double Eliminator which I am still happy with. After all these years the Eliminator is still a very nice pedal, especially for the money, when most of the high end pedals are now going for $400-$600.

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not as impressed as I thought I'd be

By pdrummz

from Dayton, OH

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Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Not Functional

Best Uses

    Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

    I bought a Double Speed Cobra after trying one out in a shop that was set up on a Roland V-Drums kit. The feel and balance was extremely smooth and the quality of construction seemed to be very high. It impressed me enough to go ahead and purchase one. The problem I had with it was not evident until I got them back home and started using them on my acoustic drum kit. The design of the Double Speed Cobra is such that it has the beaters striking the head unevenly centered on the drum. The main beater hits the drum in the center and the slave hits the head off to the left. The result is a different tone and feel from each beater. It's certsinly not what I would have expected from a high end double pedal. I feel like it's a design that should have been different and could have been easily made so that the attack and feel would be the same. I sold the Speed Cobra and went back to my Pearl Double Eliminator which I am still happy with. After all these years the Eliminator is still a very nice pedal, especially for the money, when most of the high end pedals are now going for $400-$600.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Iron speed cobra, smooth as a babys bottom

    By Flyinfingas

    from Beantown, MA

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    Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

    These pedals are a great upgrade from any pedal especially Axis. personally axis are a great pedal but they lack a good balance of feel vs speed. They are built extremly well and will leave you wanting to more and more and more everytime you sit down to play.
    These pedals are extremly powerful and dynamic, great for pounding hiphop beats to blazing deathmetal double bass. Everything on the pedal works great. you really have to play them to believe it. they play buttery smooth, like if you were to crisco your feet and run down a bowling alley.
    101% superb quality these things are built like tanks. im a heavy bass hitter. and im not saying that to look like a " i beat the crap out of my set" kind of guy. heavy hits get full bass drum tone.
    We all know great pedals are expensive and if you think 400+ for pedals isnt expensive then mommy and daddy bought them for you. i paid for the pedals because they are top shelf quality. like good whiskey.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally a slave pedal w/ zero lag

    By molon labe

    from Florida

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

      The other reviews have pretty much covered everything, I just want to point out that to me the speed cobra slave pedal feels just like the master pedal. I feel no lag whatsoever, and no difference in the way the two pedals feel. This aspect alone would have been reason enough for me to buy these.

      That area has always been my biggest complaint about twin pedals, and it's always held me back. I noticed after just a few hours with the SC my playing is not only faster than ever but really clean.

      After struggling with heel toe with other double pedals, in just a few days I've nailed it with the cobras, now it's just a matter of building speed and endurance.

      I'm still experimenting with settings but right now the everything is back to default settings and springs are about 90% max. Kick drum is a KD120 Vdrum with a falam slam patch.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Won my heart

      By Marcus Graham

      from Australia

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      Pros

      • Exercises Legs
      • Good Quality
      • Handy Carry Case
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Metal
        • Prog Rock

        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

        These pedals are absolutely indestructible no matter how fast or hard you want to push them. I originally bought them because I have a very large foot and regular pedals don't have a long enough footboard to cater for my needs, but that's just the start of what I've gotten out of this pedal. Despite most people's description of 'cloud like' and 'light', the pedals have some serious heft to them and you really do have to push hard for those 32nd note rolls. Its an extraordinary help when exercising your legs and building speed. Double strokes are also incredibly easy with the size of the footboard. I've never played at a gig without them since I got them, and the price is more than worth it.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Pedals I Have Ever Played

        By TNPdrummer

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

        I have tendinitis so I got these to ease up my ankle use, they are just perfect. And, I picked these over the demon drives. These, in my opinion are way better price wise and feature wise.
        Starting off, these pedals are built so well and durable like nothing I've ever tried. I love all of the many adjustments you can make, too. From adjusting the foot board to spring tension, it just made me feel like I was stepping on a cloud. I love the dual chain drive also. It seems like it gives it less slack and more tiightness for smoother double bass action.
        The quality of these..... Unbelievable! Thats really all I can say.
        For the value, these pedal are completely worth it and should actually be more than they already are.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW

        By Derek Carnes

        from Georgia, US

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        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

        I recently sold my Iron Cobras because they were old and outdated. I went to my local store to find some new ones. I was almost positive I was going to get these pedals. Well I played around on the DW 9000, Demon Drives, DW 5000, etc. THEY ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO THIS PEDAL!!! It is so fast and so smooth. I made the guy working take them out and I must of played with them on a electronic kit for 2 or 3 hours lol. They are so good, don't waste your money on any other pedal. Go with the Speed Cobra, you'll never regret it.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best on the market, and probably will be for awhile

        By Bradley Van Dyke

        from Kentucky

        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

        This pedal is pretty freakin fantastic if i say so myself. I got it about a week ago and it has really lived up to the repuation. But be warned, the beaters pack one heck of a punch. Even the flat side still sounds like you're firing a cannon, so if you're looking for something with a little more warmth you'd probably want to get some soft felt beaters. Never the less, it was worth every penny. I'd definately recommend it

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Pedal in the Market

        By Rene Quiñones

        from Puerto Rico

        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

        I've always been a fan of Tama hardware. Never got to own a nice pedal but I've played on almost all types of Iron Cobras and love them for their versatility. Saved up money to buy one of the Speed Cobra pedals when i herd they were coming out. I was amazed by the price that they had making them way cheaper then their competitors. This pedal is a big improvement from the Iron Cobras making the board longer and lighter to give you that speed you want to achieve and also a great pedal for drummers who use Heel-toe technique. Over all its the pedal to get and would recomend this to all types of drummers.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Busted spring in less than a year. Boo!

        By ThrashPunk73x

        from Framingham, MA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

        • Broken Spring
        • Poor Quality
        • Spring

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

          This review is coming from a fan of Tama for some 20+ years and an owner of an Iron Cobra for 10+ years. Tama has made and continues to make fantastic drums and insanely tough hardware. I never broke anything on any of my Tama equipment. I've owned my Speed Cobra since April 2013 and the pedal never left the house. In fact, I never even changed the factory settings on anything except the beater height, as they played great right out of the box. I practice progressive speed punk/metal about an hour a day on my 2Box kit. The spring broke from the master pedal in the middle of my regular practice. Really disappointed given Tama's reputation, the other reviews I've read reporting broken springs, and especially as I don't have a spare spring handy. Luckily I didn't liquidate my Iron Cobras which have never failed me, so they're back on the kit. And to top it off, I couldn't even find the HP910-7S on MusiciansFriend.com. Poop! OK, I'm done whining. Good pedals though, and definitely an upgrade from my Iron Cobras, but buyer beware! \m/

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great pedal, but not totally satisfied

          By Beezner777

          from Ohio

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          Pros

          • Beaters Are Punchy
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Long Foot Board
          • Looks Cool
          • Quick
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Beaters Arent Centered
          • Unbalanced Feel

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

          This pedal is built solid, but in my opinion it could've been design better.
          Springs, cams, bearings, hinges have the same great feel of a cobra. Longer recessed footboard takes a little getting used to if you're not used to a longboard, but it gives more power and aids when you pull your feet back to play really fast 16ths.
          The beaters have a strange balance/feel that I'm not used to from my old cobra, but they do pack a good punch!
          My only real complaint is that you aren't able to make the beaters centered to the head if it is naturally clamped to the kick. When normally clamped, the right beater is centered, but the left is off to the left. If you play alot of double kick this puts a damper on speed and consistency, because you're getting less rebound off the head with the left than the right beater.
          I've been a huge Tama fan for 11 years now, but this was kind of a disappointment. I had to modify the clamp so the beaters were centered to the head. I shouldn't have to do that to a "Pro-grade" piece of gear.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I like it

          By guitmesa

          from Covington, LA

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

              Went with this after spending a lot of time reading reviews and contemplating what pedal to go with. Price-wise I am glad I chose this one. It has alot of adjustability and is really smooth. It won't make you faster but it is alot easier to achieve faster speeds and better control than my other cheap PDP double bass pedal.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              speed cobra double pedal

              By karl lindgren

              from high dessert. yum.

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              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

              this is a very curious pedal. it's quite heavy, which i'm fine with. the base plates are steel, not aluminum, so they're very stable and rigid. the action is VERY smooth. very nicely made. the curious part is how long the footboards are, and how low they are. footboard height is adjustable, of course, but still, they are VERY low. they go almost all the way to the floor, and take some getting used to. also, the footboards are extremely long, so if you play heel down, be sure your feet are toward the backs of the pedals (heel on the heel plate). i play both ways for different sounds and dynamics, and if my feet have moved forward (playing fast and hard heel up) and i switch to heel down, it feels like the "bottom falls out". hard to describe until it happens. i may modify the footboards with some toe stops. they're so different, it will take a while to really get used to them and what they are capable of.
              like all high end pedals, everything is adjustable.
              the quality is as good as i've seen. very well put together.
              solid value for the money.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Pedal of the Gods!!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

              I have been playing drums for quite a while now, and while I never owned my own double pedal, mostly because of price factors and the fact I played jazz most until recently, I've played frequently on double bass pedals at various stores and friends' drumsets. Some of these other pedals (DW 5000s, 9000s, Iron Cobras, pdp, sound percussion) were supposedly the cream of the crop. After getting the Speed Cobra, all of these other pedals feel choppy and low-quality. It truly does what Tama advertises it for, which is combining power and speed effectively without compromising one for the other. This pedal also has a GIGANTIC footboard, which makes techniques such as heel-toe actually possible for large feet (like mine). The pedals are also full of Tama innovation, such as the Cobra Coils which make pedal rebound lightning fast and smooth. I tend to play very hard, fast and complex passages with these pedals and they show no sign of damage or wear. These are professional grade pedals and as such they are very customizable. The projector beaters deliver great sound, and if you don't like them it's very easy to get other beaters. Their only downfall is in that they may accelerate wear and tear of your bass drum head if you play hard and often like me. However this problem is easy to fix by getting some bass drum patches. In short, this pedal is worth every penny! If God played drums, I bet he'd use this pedal!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not a fan of these.

              By Childersdrums

              from Phoenix Az

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy
              • Poorly Built
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Pedal Boards Are Nice
              • Practicing

              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

              Ive owned a few pedals in my time. Eliminators, Iron cobras and dw9000s.

              A buddy of mine i toured with had gotten a brand new pair of these sent to a venue we were playing at "as back up's".
              He let me use them for the rest of the tour due to my eliminators breaking. I absolutely fell in love with how these pedals felt. The pedalboard felt nice and they were easy to set up and adjust. However, 2 shows into playing with them. The right beaters and cam assembly as a whole just became extremely loose. I could almost touch both beaters together. And the pedals itself would actually start to lose their feel.
              For the buck? I would suggest them for a beginning player learning footwork. If you're looking for a pedal that will deliver top performance every night and withstand abuse, I would recommend Dw9000s. Of all pedals I've played, Those are my favorite.
              With those, I would get some grip tape for the pedalboards.
              But yeah, Hope this helps you guys out!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              High-end pedal for mid-range price

              By Revelene

              from Kentucky

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                I got this pedal after hearing about all the adjustments and settings with a low price tag. I must say that I love this pedal. It is smooth, light weight under the foot, and will keep up with you 100%. It won't make you faster, no pedal can only practice will. You can adjust the left beater over to the right to center it (Ignore the other reviewers that say it doesn't hit center because it does once you adjust it). Pedal height can be adjusted independently from the beater angle. So many more adjustments that are normally seen on higher priced pedals are on this gem. The only issue I found is that the felt beaters wear out way too quickly, though, not a big deal just get a different set of beaters to replace them.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                universal pedal...double or single

                By Metalhead

                from Alaska

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                    I tried this pedal at a guitar center and knew I had to have it. Tap your foot on the ground...that is what the speed cobra feels like. The cobra coil keeps the board underneath your foot at all times. Another thing about this pedal is that absolutely every aspect of the pedal is adjustable. pedal height, coil position, beater angle, etc. This pedal feels comfortable and natural. Youd be nuts not to pick one of these up. they beat any axis pedal as well as the pearl demon drives.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quality of this is top notch

                    By DXM31

                    from Tejas

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                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                        There is a big difference from the cheapy little SP pedals I was using and the Speed Cobras and takes a little getting use to.
                        I read a lot of reviews and watched videos before I decided on these and I am very happy with them.
                        It is not like I was unhappy with the SP's I think they were great for the price but these are the way to go.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best Pedal Ive Owned

                        By SkyDrumfreak88

                        from Hutchinson,KS

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound
                        • No Slag

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Metal
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                          I've had the iron cobras which turned out to be great pedals,then switched over to the speed cobra. I seriously was blown away cause of how easy it is to put it together,do triplets with them. Worked out perfectly for the style of metal my band and I play. Downfall is I traded in for the demon drives and already knew I made a big mistake. If I could trade back,id get my speeds back in a heartbeat.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Speed Cobra

                          By Metalhead

                          from Alaska

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                              Tap your foot on the ground. That is what the tama speed cobra feels like. thats how smooth it is. that light, smooth feel on the pedal means you can play faster, more complicated single and double bass riffs.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Worth It

                              By James Smith

                              from Winston-Salem, NC

                              Comments about Tama Speed Cobra Double Bass Drum Pedal:

                              Tama gets it right yet again. I was looking for a pedal that would be able to keep up with my feet, while still providing the heavy sort of feel I've been accustomed to. I was not very impressed with the direct drive options out there right now and decided to stick with chain drive. The Speed Cobra made it possible. A perfect balance of speed, power, and control.
                              This thing is built like a tank. Very solid feel and it doesnt move around on you. My only issue is you have to really crank down on the beater and footboard adjustment screws to keep them where you put them.
                              Sure...its expensive...but well worth it.

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