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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...Read More

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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 footboard height adjustment and offers a unique and very positive feel. Increases the power of the Axis A without making it feel heavier.

With variable stroke length.

FEATURES
  • 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
 
3.1

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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1.0

very fragile

By roger

from brazil

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      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!!!!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good Beater could use some revising

      By Jimmy Peruta

      from Fords, NJ

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • impact head lock screw
      • Instructions

      Best Uses

        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.

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        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.

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          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!

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            5.0

            Great Hammer

            By Jeff-GYhYW

            from Undisclosed

            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.

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            (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.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            nahhh...

            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

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            (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.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Speciality Beater

            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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            sonice hammers

            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.

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