The 9000 series double bass drum pedal is a key part of DW’s flagship range of popular, tour ready drum equipment, used and loved by many of the music industry’s top professionals.
DW has been a major player in the industry for many years and they know their stuff when it comes to making solid and reliable equipment. Being in the top tier of DWs equipment, the pedal comes with a premium price tag, so let’s take a look at what you’re getting for your money.
Visually, you can see at a glance that this pedal is different thanks to the unique colour scheme. The majority of DW’s pedals feature footboards which are mostly black in colour with areas of unpainted metal peeking through, but the 9000 series is distinct in its footboard appearance which is almost the inverse of the cheaper pedals.
It has with a sleek looking steel footboard and recessed black accents showing off the fact that you’re privileged enough to be stomping on a DW 9000 and the bold reminder, ‘The Drummer’s Choice’ etched into the footboard.
Just by looking at the pedal, you can see that that it is a solid piece of equipment. It’s produced with heavy-duty steel, and it certainly shows. It has a chunky appearance right from the steel baseplate upwards with sturdy posts and a strong double chain drive.
The left pedal has a single post design which allows you to get up close and personal with your hi-hat pedal for quick changes, or even playing them together.
DW 9000 Double Pedal Review
With the aim of reducing friction and inefficiency wherever possible, the pedal’s tension springs use a floating design which rotates at the top and bottom ends of the spring, and the hinge where the footboard meets the baseplate uses a ball bearing hinge, so your strokes retain their full efficiency.
If you’re a player who prefers the characteristics of a strap driven pedal, the 9000 package includes a nylon strap so you can easily switch between drives if you prefer the feel, or simply to give it a try.
The universal assembly which connects the master and slave pedals together, is constructed from lightweight and strong aluminium.
Take a look at a typical bass drum pedal and you’ll see that the rotor with the drive chain attached to it is fixed to the drive shaft which sits between the pedal’s vertical posts.
While this works fine in most applications, DW chose to use a floating rotor system for the on the 9000 pedals for the ultimate in smooth and quiet playing. Essentially, the floating rotor means there are less points of friction to slow the pedal’s movement and you get the smoothest possible stroke every time.
EZ Adjust Cam
You may know that DW offers a couple of different cam profile options on their other pedals for different playing feel, but players have to choose a cam type and buy the pedal accordingly.
The 9000 series takes away this decision as it is equipped with an infinite adjustable cam which allows both of these cam profiles, and anything in between.
It’s easy to make the adjustment, you just need to adjust a screw on the top of the rotor. The cam profile gradually changes as you turn the screw.
Adjust it fully in one direction and you’ll have the Accelerator Drive (eccentric cam) at your command, and the other direction will give you the Turbo Drive (concentric cam) profile.
The Accelerator Drive reduces stroke length and increases the amount of power transferred to the bass drum with less effort required by the player. This is perfect for when you need speed and a high level of control.
The Turbo Drive gives you a smoother, more linear response where the stroke you make on the footboard is equal to the amount of power driven to the bass drum for a high degree of consistency.
It’s likely that either of these profiles will suit most players, but if you find that you’d like something a bit more customised, the infinite adjustment allows you to find your sweet spot for the exact feel that you’re looking for.
Tri Pivot Toe Clamp
If you ever find that your playing area is not quite flat, or your bass drum sits at a strange angle, the tri pivot toe clamp will take care of grabbing the bass drum hoop and holding on tight without any damage using three separate rubber gripper pads.
There’s one above and two below the hoop. They each have a full 360 degrees of rotation to ensure they always rest flat against the hoop and to accommodate whatever different positions and angles are present for a solid grip.
Rubber Base Plate
In previous generations of the 9000, the underside of the pedal had a layer of velcro which was great in the way it gripped to the floor when you were playing, but when it came time to adjust or move the pedal, the velcro held on so much that a lot of players really didn’t like it.
DW has removed this velcro now and substituted it with a non-skid rubber surface which holds in place firmly without ripping up the carpet after the show. You also get a pair of retractable spikes on each pedal for any extra grip you might need.
Each pedal comes with a drum key which clips into its own holder in the drum pedal. You also get a nylon carry case. It’s not padded, so take care when moving your equipment around.
Besides the magic of the EZ adjust cam, the 9000 series pedal gives you a wide range of adjustments to dial in your perfect feel and make the pedal yours. These include spring tension, beater angle, footboard height, and beater length adjustments.
What’s good about the pedal?
The durable construction and adjustability of this pedal is second to none. Once the pedal is adjusted to how you like it, you’ll have a reliable and perfectly tuned pedal which will last you for many years of playing.
What’s not so good?
There’s not a lot of negative things to say about the 9000 series pedals, but there are a couple of little things which are worth mentioning.
The tension springs sit inside the upright support posts, limiting the room you have to get your fingers in and make any adjustments, especially if you have larger hands or want to tighten up the springs a lot. It’s manageable, just a bit tricky.
Other Available Configurations
If you prefer a longer footboard, the 9000 series has you covered. It’s also available in the 9000XF version which gives you an extra inch of footboard length. The pedal is also available in a ‘leftie’ configuration if you can find a pre-2012 upgrade model.
Is this the ultimate pedal? Well, as with anything, it’s all about personal preference. Some of the world’s foremost touring players absolutely swear by this pedal.
Some people say it’s almost too smooth and feels too disconnected, and there’s a range of opinions in the middle of the spectrum.
Try it out for yourself, get your own feet on this pedal and see how it feels to you. If you’re not convinced, check out the DW 5000 single or double pedals, which are a lot of pedal for a bit less money.
What are your thoughts on this flagship pedal from DW? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.