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    Darwin Drum Pedals


    OfficialDrummer
    • Article Credits: Official Drummer News Crew

    I was looking for something at YouTube and accidentally, I stumbled across these very interesting Darwin pedals. News worthy for several reasons that I think we'll all agree on are obvious upon first glance. Note-ably right off is the beefcakes frame and how features are situated.

    3 Versions of this pedal appears to be available on ACD's Unlimited website.

    • Low-Board
    • Short-Board
    • Long--Board

    These pedals are also initially Belt-Drive out-of the box if I read it correctly. There does appear to be an option to turn these into Direct-Drive. From ACD's Unlimited website
     

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    I knowingly chose a belt drive. It offers more smoothness and less gyrating mass in comparison to a chain. Also, the belt is more flexible – it bends, but doesn’t stretch.

    The belt was developed in collaboration with a German strap producer. It’s made of a thin mixture of nylon and kevlar and features a layer of neoprene on its support surface. The strap is smooth, high-tensile and absolutely wear-free and can be fixed at different positions on the foot board. Thus the height of the foot board can be optimized independent of the whole drive.

    The geometry of the cam offers a defined tearing edge, which, if necessary, can be intensified or dampened by twisting the cam. By emphasizing the tearing edge, the beater is additionally speed up on the last part of its rotary motion.

    Due to the belt drive you can’t just twist the cam, but you can also adjust it continuously from round to an eccentric pulley. In combination, both parameters offer many possibilities to alter the running characteristics to your personal preferences.

     

     

    Price for these pedals are follows in EU
    Single Darwin -- EU 520,00
    Double Darwin -- EU 1.150,00

     

    In closing I can leave you all with 2 video sources. Very curious to hear everyone's opinion here. Website / contact information below videos.

     

    https://www.acd-unlimited.at/english/hardware/drum-pedal

     

     

    https://www.acd-unlimited.at/english/
    https://www.acd-unlimited.at/english/hardware/drum-pedal

    https://www.acd-unlimited.at/english/onlineshop/drum-pedal/

     

     

     

     

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    $634 single, $1,403 double... that's going to stifle sales.

    The dude seems to have thought of everything, and re-engineered it all.  I like the hoop clamp the most.  I prefer direct drive, but he gets a lot of adjustments out of using a strap.  I can see why he did it.  I'd really need to play around with one to see what I think about it.

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    Nice looking device. He makes lovely drums, as well (website). Beautiful work. There are some very fine drum craftsmen in Austria.

    I see  direct drive conversion links for Iron and Speed Cobras. I don't see anything about direct for his own belt drive. I can't seem to get the English option to work, either.

    I agree. The sliding clamp is the best feature. Otherwise everything else seems already working on other pedals. The spring design is like DW 9000. Eccentric cams have been around a long time. Straps, too. Foot board height, beater angle, and beater are basically Trick designs. The driveshaft U-Joints are very Trick-like, as well. The design looks like it would accommodate a cam change for concentric if he wanted it. Would raise the price to offer another part, though.

    Most companies use a 5/16", 8 or 9mm axle. Using 18 mm is enormous, and yeah, the bearings as well. Might create a stronger, beefier or more stable and smooth feel, to some degree? Would be interesting to try it.

    !!!$$$!!! High end of the high end. Tops out the Machine Drive, even at the Euro rate. I don't see a lot of Americans getting it.   

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    51 minutes ago, DiehardDIYer said:

    I see  direct drive conversion links for Iron and Speed Cobras. I don't see anything about direct for his own belt drive. I can't seem to get the English option to work, either.

    I was actually more interested in those conversions than anything else, but then you're still stuck with an IC and all the other cheap aluminum is what deteriorates on those, especially on the double pedal linkage.  The IC is actually one of the few chain drives that I like.
    You could probably use Google Chrome to translate the page easier.  I don't typically recommend that browser, but Mozilla has been purchased by someone else I don't trust either and I've never gotten the translation function to work on Brave (Chrome based).

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