Tama HP900PSN
Tama HP900PSN

HP900PSN, Single Bass Drum Pedal from Tama in the Iron Cobra series.

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Drummerguy 01/04/2008

Tama HP900PSN : la opinión de Drummerguy (content in English)

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This pedal is amazingly versatile. Although it has gained a reputation for being a 'hard rockers pedal,' the sheer adjustability of this instrument makes it applicable to almost any musical situation.

I personally have been playing this pedal for about 3 years now in situations ranging from acoustic jazz gigs (Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson style piano trio- played mostly in extremely volume sensitive restaurant style situations) to louder fusion settings, to private party top 40 gigs (HIGHLY amplified and requiring maximum volume), and I can say without a doubt that this pedal has functioned beautifully in each situation.

I have to hand it to the Tama people for developing such an adaptable piece of hardware. The bass drum beater can be adjusted to rest farther back from the drum (for louder situations) or closer to the drum (for softer, more acoustic situations). This is easily achieved in seconds with the custom drum tool securely mounted to the side of the pedal. If all of this shifting of the beater has risen your foot board of your pedal to your navel, not to worry- the foot board is independently adjustable from the beater angle, so you come out with the perfect pedal feel every time.
One thing I do not like about this pedal, however, is that the heel plate is raised about a half inch from the ground (as opposed to tapering down to be flush with the floor). This part of the design obviously betrays this pedal as being designed for playing with the heel up, as it leads to some problems when playing with the heel down. The edge is set at a sharp angle, so when played with the shoes off the edge can press into the flesh of the heel of the foot in an uncomfortable manner (when the foot is shifted towards the back of the pedal). Conversely, playing with shoes can cause a problem because the heel of the shoe can slip off the back edge of the pedal while playing and can be frustratingly difficult (sometimes) to return to its original position.