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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...Read More

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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

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      AxisSonic Hammer Variable Length Bass Drum Beater
       
      3.2

      (based on 18 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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      5.0

      Great beater!

      By albertoflamini

      from Miami, FL

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        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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        (5 of 5 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.

        Comment on this review

        (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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        2.0

        Well...they look cool....

        By PearlDrummer27

        from Midwest

        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.

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        (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

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        (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.

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