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Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal   

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The Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal uses a Kevlar non-stretch strap drive system for solid, dependable action. A wave pedal board design...Read More

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Lightweight yet solid.

The Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal uses a Kevlar non-stretch strap drive system for solid, dependable action. A wave pedal board design helps keep your foot in place. Features a dual surface beater, adjustable spring tension, and a lightweight, sturdy powder coated frame.


Delivers serious kick power without the bulk of heavier pedals.

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GibraltarStrap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal
 
3.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (4)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good for the price

I bought this as a backup and for occasional use on another kit. My main pedal is an Iron Cobra power glide. The action on this pedal feels much lighter than the Cobra's....Read complete review

I bought this as a backup and for occasional use on another kit. My main pedal is an Iron Cobra power glide. The action on this pedal feels much lighter than the Cobra's. It feels almost like my old Camco pedals felt but with the strap drive adding a bit more fluid feel to a round cam action. It seems like lately DW and Tama add so many features that it adds so much bulk to the required moving parts of a pedal. Even the double chains require an extra beefy cam to support them. This pedal has a hollow, super light cam design that produces such a light responsive feel to it. The strap appears to be backed by Kevlar or something equivalent to it. Gibraltar appears to make replacements. I doubt I'd need one for a long time. I do get a clank sound from it when doing quick doubles. It appears that the chrome wire pedal holder may wiggle slightly. I like it and the price was great. It's simple and it works really well, even on my 26 inch bass drum. If only it had a metal floor plate.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great feeling pedal but a few troubling details

Overall, this pedal feels great, but the mounting weirdness and beater shaft weirdness has it on the bench for me for now.
This is a simple, no frills pedal. A lot of...Read complete review

Overall, this pedal feels great, but the mounting weirdness and beater shaft weirdness has it on the bench for me for now.
This is a simple, no frills pedal. A lot of people like the feel of a strap drive pedal. They are unique. I own chain drive and direct drive pedals, and they are all different feel wise. I like the feel of this pedal a lot. Fast, and quick with a minimum of effort.
The few problems I am having with the pedal are minor but annoying and are worth mentioning: 1. The wing screw that tightens the pedal to the bass drum hoop seems a little short. I am using a drum with normal wood hoops and I had to put some extra self-stick foam padding (the kind in the shoe/foot section at the pharmacy) to make the hoop "thicker" and give the pedal more to clamp on to. Even with the wing screw as far down (tight) as it will go, the pedal is still a little loose on the hoop and without the foam padding it was very loose. A wing screw that is a little longer would solve this. 2. The pedal seems to sit at an odd angle. When you tighten the pedal on to the bass drum hoop, the drive area (the strap) moves further away from the head as it gets tighter. All non-floor plate pedals do this, but this pedal seems to take it to extremes. Because of this, the bass drum has a "bounce" to it (the batter side hoop is too far off the ground and you can push it down with your hand, but then it "bounces" right back up). This bounce is sometimes caused by the front of the bass drum being up too high, but I have tried evening out the angle of this bass drum so that it is almost flat, and the bounce still exists. I have tried other pedals with this same bass drum and there is no bounce, even with a more extreme angle of the front of the bass drum. Weird. 3. The drum key bolt that holds the beater in place needs to be cranked down super, super tight. I put the beater in the holder and tightened it down securley. I was playing at normal volumes and I could feel the beater coming loose. It wasn't slipping, but it just felt "sloppy". I re-tightened the key-bolt super tight, and that held it, but having to tighten that bolt super tight each time will eventaully lead to the bolt stripping out in a short time period.
This pedal is a good value, but there are better pedals with better features for only a slight increase in price.

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1.0

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE!

By 

from Winston Salem, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • NONE

    Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

    As the title says, NOPE. I have used better STOCK pedals that came with non name brand drums sets than this one, NO JOKE. And I'm talking about those pedals with tin springs and pedals made of that cheap hybrid plastic/metal.

    This pedal drove me INSANE. The belt is weak and stretches a lot. When you combine that fact with the terrible way they use two metal, MOVING, bars for the "Base plate" you create a massive problem. That problem is movement.

    I don't mean the pedal moves around so much as it can cause the bass drum to jump uncontrollably. Because if you play hard and slam the beater into your bass head, it over extends the belt, causes the bars underneath to fold slightly, and thus makes the bass drum jump up about two inches. I was using spiked bass drum spurs with the extra spike mount on the rim and it STILL moved all around on me. There is no way to prevent it unless the bass drum is screwed to the floor.

    If you are buying a pedal for your kid, this might be ok, someone that does not use much force behind their playing. Otherwise I would not even recommend this for a beginner drummer.

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    4.0

    Good Pedal, Has a mind of it's own thoug

    By 

    from Blythewood, SC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • EASY TO SET UP
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

      Good Pedal.....not top of the line though.

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      5.0

      Great Pedal

      By 

      from Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

        Amazed at how good this pedal is. Maybe it's just my taste but I couldn't be happier.

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        4.0

        Improvise with drum pedal

        By 

        from Tulsa, Ok

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Use As Metrodrome

          Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

          I'm not a drummer but my right foot keeps time.

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          3.0

          Decent economy pedal

          By 

          from Chilliwack, BC

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

          • Light Construction

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

          This is a decent pedal for what it is, an economic entry level unit. It has reasonable response and I find my foot doesn't slide on the foot board. It does feel light and lacks the sturdy feel of higher price pedals. I received this a free add on to an electronic kit I bought to practice with. (Trying to keep harmony at home!) It works fine as a basic practice unit but will never replace my Pearl P-200C. If you are just looking for an inexpensive pedal to practice with it is a good value. If you are only ever going to have one set of drums at a time and expect to play for a number of years, consider upgrading.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very good for the price

          By 

          from Williamsport, Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Can Be Noisy

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

          I bought this as a backup and for occasional use on another kit. My main pedal is an Iron Cobra power glide. The action on this pedal feels much lighter than the Cobra's. It feels almost like my old Camco pedals felt but with the strap drive adding a bit more fluid feel to a round cam action. It seems like lately DW and Tama add so many features that it adds so much bulk to the required moving parts of a pedal. Even the double chains require an extra beefy cam to support them. This pedal has a hollow, super light cam design that produces such a light responsive feel to it. The strap appears to be backed by Kevlar or something equivalent to it. Gibraltar appears to make replacements. I doubt I'd need one for a long time. I do get a clank sound from it when doing quick doubles. It appears that the chrome wire pedal holder may wiggle slightly. I like it and the price was great. It's simple and it works really well, even on my 26 inch bass drum. If only it had a metal floor plate.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Great Pedal! Great Price!

          By 

          from Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

              This is an excellent pedal for the price. The belt drive has a great response, quick and steady. I bought it to fit a new electric kit I purchased and it holds its own against my Pearl Double Eliminator. Even fits a little better. Anyone looking for an upgrade on a budget, just starting out, or playing shows will get use of this pedal.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Great feeling pedal but a few troubling details

              By 

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

              Overall, this pedal feels great, but the mounting weirdness and beater shaft weirdness has it on the bench for me for now.
              This is a simple, no frills pedal. A lot of people like the feel of a strap drive pedal. They are unique. I own chain drive and direct drive pedals, and they are all different feel wise. I like the feel of this pedal a lot. Fast, and quick with a minimum of effort.
              The few problems I am having with the pedal are minor but annoying and are worth mentioning: 1. The wing screw that tightens the pedal to the bass drum hoop seems a little short. I am using a drum with normal wood hoops and I had to put some extra self-stick foam padding (the kind in the shoe/foot section at the pharmacy) to make the hoop "thicker" and give the pedal more to clamp on to. Even with the wing screw as far down (tight) as it will go, the pedal is still a little loose on the hoop and without the foam padding it was very loose. A wing screw that is a little longer would solve this. 2. The pedal seems to sit at an odd angle. When you tighten the pedal on to the bass drum hoop, the drive area (the strap) moves further away from the head as it gets tighter. All non-floor plate pedals do this, but this pedal seems to take it to extremes. Because of this, the bass drum has a "bounce" to it (the batter side hoop is too far off the ground and you can push it down with your hand, but then it "bounces" right back up). This bounce is sometimes caused by the front of the bass drum being up too high, but I have tried evening out the angle of this bass drum so that it is almost flat, and the bounce still exists. I have tried other pedals with this same bass drum and there is no bounce, even with a more extreme angle of the front of the bass drum. Weird. 3. The drum key bolt that holds the beater in place needs to be cranked down super, super tight. I put the beater in the holder and tightened it down securley. I was playing at normal volumes and I could feel the beater coming loose. It wasn't slipping, but it just felt "sloppy". I re-tightened the key-bolt super tight, and that held it, but having to tighten that bolt super tight each time will eventaully lead to the bolt stripping out in a short time period.
              This pedal is a good value, but there are better pedals with better features for only a slight increase in price.

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awsome great etc

              By 

              from los angles calafornia

              Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

              this is a gret pedal. i am apro drummer and i recomend this pedal for anyone. parents this is a great priice for a high end brand. if they need a new pedal buy this. i got one for my kid and he plays sliipnot stuff on a single pedal. it is awsome.
              greatt for beginners to pros
              hold up great
              great for the price

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              hobby drumer

              By 

              from new orleans

              Comments about Gibraltar Strap Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal:

              for the money best overall
              does the job
              looks cheap,,,, does the job. holds together
              what works for me

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