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Old 07-13-2015, 03:48 PM
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At my gig on Saturday I had a problem with my 60's speed king pedal,
as it hit the bass drum it juddered so instead of one stroke it did 3, the main strike plus 2 small hits
I have never had this problem before and I tried another make of pedal on the bass drum the next day and did not have that problem with that pedal
has anybody come across this problem before and knows how to fix it
the speed king is my favorite pedal and I would really like to keep using it
thanks in advance

Kev
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:27 PM
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Yes, I have this same problem. I was blaming it on lazy footwork on my part, but maybe it is a Speed King issue. Anxious to hear if anyone has any other answers (return spring tension or something).
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:29 PM
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Loosen the two screws on the bottom of the goal post. take out the piston and springs, and check if any of those two items are broken or bent.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:36 PM
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As crazy as it may sound, move the position of the beater to where it is hitting the batter head. Try it a little higher up. I've had two drums in which I had some Speed King problems and this was the fix.

Mike
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:13 PM
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Easy triplet's yeah man lol
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:10 PM
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Default Re: speed king problem

thanks for the ideas guys, not sure about the trip ones
anyway, I tried moving the beater up and it did not solve the problem. However when I took the beater out completely I noticed that the rod was bent!. I have a new beater in one of the drawers so I am going to put that on tonight & I will let you know the outcome
thanks again guys
Kev
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:32 PM
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thanks for the ideas guys, not sure about the trip ones
anyway, I tried moving the beater up and it did not solve the problem. However when I took the beater out completely I noticed that the rod was bent!. I have a new beater in one of the drawers so I am going to put that on tonight & I will let you know the outcome
thanks again guys
Kev
It probably got bent from you resting your foot on it more than the strain of the hit. Been there done that.....
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:51 PM
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I keep it loose in the hardware case so it may have been bent between stands plus its over 50 years old
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:59 PM
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You might check the bottom plate that connects the heel of the foot board to the bottom of the post assembly. I had a similar proble, recently and determined that this bottom plate was bent and therefore didn't sit flat on the floor causing a similar problem. Good luck!
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Old 07-16-2015, 05:37 PM
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As crazy as it may sound, move the position of the beater to where it is hitting the batter head. Try it a little higher up. I've had two drums in which I had some Speed King problems and this was the fix.

Mike
It's called bass drum chatter and it isn't just Speed Kings. If any pedal isn't properly set-up and adjusted, it will 'chatter' against the head. Mike gave you the fix! Also check the angle at which the beater is striking the head. It should be only slightly forward of parallel to the drum head when the beater is held against the head.

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