Bass Drum Pedal by Doolang Design

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I designed and built this in the early 80's to correct several problems my drummer was having and to correct the common design to accomodate a different playing style. The original bass drum pedal was designed for fine control so important to a jazz or big band drummer. This was redesigned for impact, and speed needed by rock drummers. A normal pedal pivots at the heel and is played with the same motion of heel rocking and tapping your toes you use when listening to a song. A rock drummer doesn't play like a jazz drummer, the rock drummer picks up his entire leg at the hip and brings it smashing down onto the pedal. This pedal accomodates that by moving the pivot to the toe, while still having a rollover if you want to roll back and play fine with the toe. Also with the gearing, the pedal only needs to drop 1 inch to swing the hammer through 6 inches of arc. A typical pedal is closer to 3 inches drop for 6 inches arc. The dual acting spring gets doubly tighter as the hammer goes down creating a quick reset.

The pedal and almost all the parts were built using hand tools. To do the machining I made a lathe out of a drill motor, files and hack saw blades. The pedal was used extensively in performance for years, by many drummers. Half loved it half didn't care for it. The front clamp uses plastic coated raw rubber, which I got from a tire factory. Raw rubber stays soft and malleable, but it's very sticky and messy so it requires a plastic coating. But it forms itself to the rim of the drum so well that it won't come undone under heavy use while most other pedals will. Also most pedals use a metal clamp which mars, dents and scratches the drum rim. This one protects the rim and is quick and easy to set and remove. One of the wheels on the front is missing, but the clamp still works. The rest of the design was just to make it look cool. The backwards 'L' on the side is a two part overlay of brass and copper, with 24kt gold fleck accent trim on the body. In the early 80's the coolest guitar was the flying V, so I riffed on that.