Author: Meyer, Ben
Date published: November 1, 2011
Journal code: MDDR
The California-based Taye Drums has added exciting new MetalWorks single and double bass drum pedals to its long list of hardware. I've had the opportunity to review several pieces of Taye gear in the past, and the MetalWorks double pedal up for review this month continues the company's trend of building solid, player-friendly equipment with a very reasonable price tag. Let's explore some of the specifics.
The first thing that struck me about the MetalWorks pedal was the great zippered case that it comes in. Featuring room for both sides of the pedal and the double universal-joint rod, this is the kind of case that you have to buy separately with most double pedals, and it definitely adds to the overall value.
Upon opening up the case, I was struck by how beefy the MetalWorks is. This is no lightweight model, but that's a good thing, as I've always had trouble with light-duty pedals that slip and slide on the bass drum hoop. I didn't experience any slippage when using this heavy-duty beast on a variety of gigs.
ADJUSTABLE TO ABSURDITY
Everything, and I mean everything, is adjustable on the MetalWorks pedal. It offers such a level of control over every aspect of operation that nearly any playing style can be accommodated. I tend to like medium spring tension, a heavy-feeling footboard, and a long beater throw. Luckily for me, this is precisely how the pedal was set up out of the box. I did experiment a bit with tweaking the spring tension, the base-plate length, and the unique adjustable cam to see how the feel of the pedal was affected. What I found was not only that everything can be fine-tuned to perfection, but also that any negative effects that might be caused by various changes can then be dialed out by adjusting other elements of the pedal. The only limit to how much the MetalWorks can be tweaked is your willingness to tinker with it.
On the gig I didn't have any trouble adjusting the pedal's features using the Allen wrenches, but I would make an argument for using a standard drum key bolt to change the beater height. I always have a key on hand for quick adjustments between songs, and I'd rather not have to fumble around for the Allen wrenches if the beater comes loose in the heat of battle. That said, I didn't experience any loosening of parts while playing.
There are far too many uniquely adjustable aspects of the MetalWorks pedal to list here, so check out Taye's website for a full description and a cool promo video.
MY FAVORITE KIND OF RESEARCH
I was able to use the MetalWorks double pedal in several different situations, including jam-band dates, low- and high-volume country cover gigs, loud rock cover gigs, and church services. I was pleased by the way the pedal responded to low- and high-volume playing and to heels-up and heels-down techniques.
The included two-sided Taye beater features two shapes of hard felt. While I did hear a difference between the two sides, I felt the need to swap out the included beater for my usual hard plastic model on a few of the louder jobs, to enhance the attack of the bass drum. This is a matter of personal preference, and it's an issue I often have with any felt-type beater, but I think it deserves to be pointed out.
I was impressed by the similarity of feel between the main and secondary pedals. Given the extreme adjustability of the MetalWorks, those of you who require a different feel for the second pedal could easily find what you need. Also, kudos to Taye for including a drumstick caddy on the left side of the satellite pedal. What a coof idea!
HOW DOES IT MEASURE UP?
I've owned several of the top manufacturers' high-end bass drum pedals over the years, and the MetalWorks double pedal gives all of them a run for their money. Speaking of money, the MetalWorks carries a street price of around $380, which is especially sweet considering the included case. Great value coupled with endless customizing options makes this pedal a worthy choice for those who are always searching for just the right feet, as well as for guys like me with more of a "set it and forget it" mentality. The Taye MetalWorks double pedal is a winner in our book.