Iron Cobra bass drum pedals benchmark in quality

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Drummers are forever trying to make their lives easier, and rightfully so. After all, to play the drum set, one must count on his or her arms, legs, feet and hands—and keep them all working in unison. Much of that will depend on the coordination of the drummer; however, strong components of the kit need to be in place. Even the most talented players will stumble when using unresponsive gear.

The two most important aspects of laying down accurate beats are a solid snare drum and a bass drum pedal that can be counted on.

After using several pedals over the years, I finally tested the Tama Iron Cobra Power Glide model, and have come to realize that I would feel naked without it as part of my setup. With scores of bass drum pedals on the market, the Iron Cobra is at the head of its class.

After seeing the product’s slogan, “the feel that’s unreal,” I had to see for myself if the company could truly stand behind the claim. Tama proved it does.

The Iron Cobra Power Glide (HP900P) contains a double-chained offset cam that allows easy control during complex beat requirements, and also fits very nicely when things need to be slowed down.

The spring is kept tight and allows effortless transmission of power from the foot to the footboard, delivering the beater to the drum with quick and succinct motions.

At first glance, the beater looks as it if it would break into pieces if it made contact with the drum head. In the past, it was necessary to have a beater the size of a peach to sound off a proper bass drum note. Because of the precision in the construction of the cam and the bearings used in the Iron Cobra, the footboard stays in place and doesn’t move from side to side, ensuring a solid stroke each time, even from the small beater, which actually has a flat surface.

Adjusting the angles of this pedal is also possible without sacrificing comfort. With Tama’s Speedo-Ring, the footboard and the beater can be adjusted independently, keeping comfort in foot placement consistent throughout any performance.

The baseplate is strong and keeps the pedal flat, while the beater and footboard can remain at any angle. Tama’s signature Tight Lock is universal, and tightly affixes the rig to any bass drum hoop on the market.

When metal parts work together, squeaks and background noise are often common. Some pedals on the market require frequent oil treatments to keep them quiet. Tama has virtually eliminated that requirement, making the Iron Cobra a perfect choice in the studio.

The HP900P lists for $225 and usually sells for $150. The pedal includes a durable carrying case and tuning key. Twin pedals run from $450 to $325, depending on the dealer.

More information about Tama Iron Cobra Power Glide pedals can be found at and by contacting Guzzardo Performance Music at (815) 229-5020.

Jim Hagerty is a contributing writer for The Rock River Times, covering the national, regional and local entertainment scenes. He is also the creator and editor of Streaks (, an arts and entertainment Web site, and the publisher of the North Central Illinois Edition of The Builder’s Journal. He can be reached at

from the June 13-19, 2007, issue

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