As mentioned before I was considering trying one of the new Chord bass pedals. I would give you the model number but as they only do one design, in single or double configuration, I can't find any evidence that it has a model number; even the box was just plain brown.
So, to the pedal. The baseplate, around which everything revolves, is 1.5mm press formed steel with a black paint finish. The edges are rolled to a height of about 8mm and there are two half round grooves pressed into the flat surface during manufacture to improve rigidity. Compared with some very high end pedals which feature cast or forged baseplates this is a cost saving feature but it is strong and totally rigid so is fit for purpose.
The heel plate is machined aluminium with a curved upper surface and drilled horizontally at the front to form half of the hinge. The footplate is cast and machined aluminium with a decent grip pattern and two heavy lugs to the rear machined to form the other half of the hinge. Again this is strong and more than adequate for the job. To the front is toe stop which is held on by the same screw that retains the chain connector.
The two uprights are part of a single U shaped casting, again aluminium, which holds the bearings at the top, the clamp at the bottom. The clamp is a slightly complex little beastie featuring a front and rear setting screw mechanism controlling the forward and backward roll of the clamp jaw.Actuation of the clamp is from the side via a nickel plated T screw which raises an arm to effect the lock of the clamp. Once set up it works well. If you were playing a different drum kit every night this would be a minor pain in the posterior but for normal one or two kit drummers it is good and makes for a swift install and remove.
Both upper arms feature a decent bearing for a smooth operation and the hexagonal cross shaft is about 8mm steel, chrome plate finished. On the right hand upright is an adjustable position cam with a geared lock mechanism. This is engaged with a Tama
style M6 share head bolt (drum key pattern) The spring is a DW
style tapering piece with top and bottom loops. Tension is via a normal bolt arrangement and works very well with a good range of tension settings.
The drive is a double chain with the chains running over a soft polymer lining at the front of the top cam which deadens any sound. The only sound in operation is an occasional small click as the spring moves. You can hear this if you operate the pedal by hand on the table but not when operating it with your foot. This is a silent pedal. The beater and chain locks are, like the position adjustment, operated with the Tama
M6 bolt. The beater supplied has 4 faces, two are convex felt of different orientations plus a hard concave and a hard convex face. The beater also comes with a nice little counterweight. Whether this serves any purpose I am not sure but the £100 plus pedals have one so this pedal has one.
How does it play? The answer to that is that it plays like a well built, silent, multi-adjustable pedal should play. It is fast, responsive and once set up could become a favourite toy.
The manufacturer has saved money in a couple of areas which make it clear that it is not an Iron Cobra, but, to paraphrase the old computer descriptions, it is a very good Iron Cobra Compatible and will save you £100 compared with the real thing. UK price, around £34, at utter bargain.