DW 2000 Single Bass Drum Pedal Review
As a drummer, choosing a bass drum pedal can be an intimate affair. It’s something I’m gonna use every time I play as an extension of myself. But unlike my sticks, I can’t swap it out in the middle of a jam session as easily so choosing the right one is pretty important. The DW 2000 Single Bass pedal was the one I knew I could rely on and here’s why.
What to Consider When Buying a Pedal
When it comes to bass drum pedals, what drummers needs from it the most is to respond exactly how and when we want it too. This relies on the materials it's made out of and the design of the pedal. We want a pedal that can be easily adjusted but not come loose in the middle of the song. The balancing of these needs correctly is what makes a good pedal. It needs to be sturdy, adjustable, and responsive.
The DW 2000 Single Bass Pedal
DW is known for its top line of pedals. You can find some of these pedals under the feet of the world's best drummers. While it is a beginner level pedal, they are meant to last and have been designed to grow with you as a player. The level of adjustability allows great customization. This pedal would be a good fit for beginners to intermediate level drummers. If you are a more advanced player DW makes higher end models that are some of the best in the world. But keep in mind the top models usually offer more comfort and higher end materials. Nothing that actually makes you play any different, especially if you are just starting out. However, for a beginner, this is an excellent choice.
Features and Benefits
The DW Name
The main reason I chose this pedal was DW's notoriety for quality equipment in the drumming world. The design they put into their equipment shows, from their beginner pedals to the top of the line ones. All of their pedals share a common design with subtle differences. Top players can play these beginner level pedals just as well as the more expensive ones. The difference is just in the comfort and quality of the materials. It is for that reason I decided to purchase this pedal for a second kit of mine, knowing if I ever needed a backup pedal I could be confident in it and go in already knowing what to expect from it.
Allows for Multiple Adjustments
This pedal has several different points of adjustment which allows for easy customization. The first point and perhaps the most crucial is the spring rocker assembly. This is the heart of the petal and is found on all of DW’s pedals. The spring can be tightened or loosened depending on preference, allowing for quicker response during faster playing. The next part of adjustability is the beater itself. You can control the angle at which it sits as well as the length the beater rests at. Having the beater as far or as close to the drum head is great for choosing your playing style. This also allows for adjusting the angle of the pedal itself allowing for even more selection in style and comfort.
Reliability is Key
Playing a song and watching your bass drum slowly slide away is one of the worst feelings a drummer can have, maybe only second to dropping a stick. Fortunately, DW engineered a great solution to this in their pedals with dual adjustable toe clamps. These sit at the front of the pedal on each side and can be extended by turning the screw. These toe clamps ensure wherever you place the pedal it’s guaranteed to stay and keep your bass drum in place. The other part of reliability to this pedal is the ability to tighten the beater to the pedal itself. It can be tightened right where it connects to the rocker arm. No more worrying about it flying off mid solo.
Value for the Money
Tama Iron Cobra 200 Single Pedal
For a little bit less than the DW, you get a similar pedal but with a few different features. You get a similar rocker arm and adjustability but also a double sided beater. What it is lacking is the toe clamps that keep the pedal in place, which I feel is a must if you’re constantly out playing in different environments. The setup for the beater is almost the same but the angle adjustment for it is not there. So while it is a very similar pedal, it lacks a crucial feature of reliability.
Compared to DW 200:
- Price is lower
- Similiar build quality and materials
- A classic renowned pedal and player favorite
Yamaha 7210 Single Pedal
Coming in at the lower end of the price spectrum, this Yamaha pedal is on par with the Iron Cobra and DW 2000. The pedal only comes with one felt beater but still allows for beater angle adjustment. The rocker arm assembly is adjustable as well but its base is a frame unlike the steel base on the other two.
Compared to DW 200:
- Great value
- Frame base instead of solid
- Chain driven
- 5-year warranty
DW 3000 Single Bass Pedal
This is the older sibling to the DW 2000 with all the same features and a few more added to it. Most notably is the Dual-Chain Turbo Sprocket which means this pedal is connected with two chains instead of one. This provides for greater balance and response over a single chain but with a slightly higher price tag.
Compared to DW 200:
- Dual Chain Turbo Sprocket
- Same design as the DW 2000
- Slightly higher price
The bass drum pedal is the drummer’s secret weapon and when choosing one there are many aspects to consider. This pedal has the reliability, the adjustability, and definitely the craftsmanship to hold up in any scenario whether you're a professional on the road or just jamming out in the garage.