The Speed King was largely eclipsed by the Camco pedal that had a longer throw and was chain driven. Under each post you should find a screw. When the footboard was depressed, the spring contracted, throwing the crossbar with the beater shaft into the contact point of the head. I got back into playing drums after a 30yr break and ended up with a 58 Gretsch kit. He no longer has the business and turned it over to Vincent at Polyphonic Drums.
Type your question below or call us at. Again, There is no adjustment for the beater angle. I reviewed, not played, a lot of drum pedals before deciding to purchase the ludwig speed king. I've gotten used to the feel of the Speed King. They are fast, but there are comparable pedals out there. I do have fond memories of my Speed King though. I reviewed, not played, a lot of drum pedals And that's why it's so important to get your feet on as many pedals as you can, and then pull out the wallet.
I need something that works better than grease to avoid the metal to metal contact. There are a boatload of vintage heads over there and there are probably three or four guys that will be able to tell you exactly how to fix it and what you need to do it. Both pedals are simple lightweight designs, and will both feel light and responsive as a result. There are better options available today. I'm an Iron Cobra man these days. There was just too much play in the heel plate and I couldn't get the pin out that held it in.
One is strap, one is direct drive, obviously. Speed King's big disadvantage is that it has a short throw. The beater tends to come back and hit your leg when you play fast with either heel up or heel down. You know, you may want to go to the forum and register, then post in the Vintage Venue area. It played like a cheap Chinese Knock off of the original pedal that I played for over 30 years. Bonham used a felt beater, switching to a wooden beater towards the end of his career.
I bought mine new in 1980 and they were shiny and well crafted. Imagine Moses playing double-bass Tama Cobras! I bought a vintage Ludwig speed king pedal from e-bay, and although I've never had one like this in the past, I can see it doesn't work. I still remember back to 1972 when I first brought my Speed King home and I set it up on my 60's Slingerland kit for the first time. It was an early model that needed a little bit of work, I even filed down the rod where the spring mechanism grips to prevent slipping. Go crank some Zeppelin and you'll hear it! You have to remove the pedal from the drum, Turn it upside down, Then try to adjust and balance the two tension screws. Still, I remember salvaging my restaurant gig one evening by lubricating my Speed King Pedal with salad oil. After that it now It does exactly what I ask of it, feels like an extension of my foot.
Came with some old kit I've since flipped. However, much like the famous Model T Ford, Sony Walkman or a humble vinyl record, it has been surpassed. One of the first new products that he marketed was the Twin Spring Speed King. You then have to remount the pedal and try it. Are you looking to keep it vintage? The grease in there tends to get caked up and hard.
The build quality on the new ones is worse than the old ones though. Pre-greased internal springs are great if you re-grease them! The clamp does have a tendency to not hold tight to the drum hoop. I was going to toss it but decided to meet the challenge of restoring it. I may be a bit of ameture drummer, but I don't think I'm slamming the pedal so hard I should have to do all this. The vintage ones are great, the new ones are not. This is why nobody compares it. Eventually, the Ludwig company purchased the manufacturing and marketing rights of the Ghost pedal and sold it successfully for several years.
I'd be interested to check it out but I really doubt it will be better for me than my trusty Axis. Its 2014, maybe a pedal plate. I've modified mine at home. I have a Gibraltar pedal on my practice kit and I've taken it to gigs as a backup but I've never had to use it. I love my old drums but I have found happiness in an Axis single pedal that I scored off Craigslist. Any suggestions or insight from more experienced drummers? They feel light and cheap to me, especially for the price.
This pedal was slightly revamped in 1950 to become virtually the same Speed King pedal that continues to be sold by Ludwig today see photo above. I have a Gibraltar pedal on my practice kit and I've taken it to gigs as a backup but I've never had to use it. That is why nobody mentions it, you simply have to buy old. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it. It works by compressing the springs in the posts. What I have found is that this thing never wants to stay of my bass drum.