I was very lucky this year on my day of birth. My lady was kind enough to purchase me a brand spanking new Tama Speed Cobra pedal and not only that but also a new Ufip 18" rough series crash. Very lucky indeed.
I had the pedal at a practice today and thought i'd share my findings.
Firstly, what a great looking pedal, quite possibly the most elegant pedal i've come across. The design is flawless and aesthetically well worth the buy.
I set the pedal up firstly in factory settings. I played for aronud 30-45 mins and although the pedal performed great i felt it lacked in response somewhat. The pedal was slightly behind my foot on the doubles, in other words a little sluggish.
I preceeded to tighten the spring around 1-2 turns which did absolute wonders for the feel and response, and to be honest it was like nothing i had played before. I have tried everythnig from Axis to Tama, Pearl to Dw, Yamaha to Mapex i've had them all and i would be more than happy to say that the Speed cobra takes the biscuit. Unbelievable feel, so smooth with great response. Every new pedal designed always preaches smoothness, and to be fair they do a great job but nothing like the speed cobra, it is in a different league. The longer footboard gives for a much more comfortable feel underfoot, i fonud myself using less energy on each stroke. The recessed chain gives a great whipping motion towards the end of the stroke producing a powerful attack and the beater finishes with a precise thud. I opted to twist the beater to the flat surface, i found this gave a greater punch which is my desired sound. I didn't try the 'pointed edge' for too long as i instantly preferred the flat side. The 'cobra coil' i felt dhas quite a substantial effect on this pedal, it rebounds much quicker and obvioulsy helps with response, i feel without the coil this pedal may not perform as well. My IC was fitted with the cobra coil though i did not feel as much effect on that pedal as i have with the SC. The spring assembly is great, same as its older bother the Iron cobra, also the hoop attachment holds just fine. The lighter sprocket adds to the overal lighter feel of the pedal, and let me assure this pedal is much lighter than the iron cobra, though still manages to sustain weight in the stroke to give a satisfied feel.
Overall the pedal is very well built, again like the iron cobra it feels like it will last forever. The carry case is of good quality and holds the pedal comfortably. It's relatively lightweight to carry and will be fairly easy to keep clean and maintain.
I would recommend this pedal to everyone and look forward to using it in the future.
Thanks for reading.