Ludwig Speed King

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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:27 am

Hey guys,


Wanted to get some advice on Ludwig Speed Kings. I have been thinking for a couple of months about getting one. I went to one of my the music stores in my hometown and the dealer had a Yamaha Flying Dragain Double Pedal Direct Drive. I tried it out and realized I really missed the direct drive feel. But I don't need a double pedal and even the single pedal Yamaha directs are quite pricey.

Anyway, I actually had a Ludwig Speed King about 10 years ago, but someone stole it at a show. :( Unfortunately, my memory is not very good in regards to how I felt about it.

When I lost my Speed King pedal, I wasn't able to afford to buy a decent pedal for quite awhile. I was able to get the Iron Cobra about 4 years ago at a reduced price, because the music store in my city was shutting down. However, I've noticed over the past year or so that it seems to be sluggish and have made this realization because the music in my band is playing is a lot faster then what it use to be. Of course, it could be that I'm sluggish too.

I know some people totally swear off Ludwig Speed King's. But is there anybody who still uses them? And how do you feel about them? I don't really care about the squeak. My tama squeaks, have tried lube, and it still squeaks. I've always thought squeaks give the pedals character anyway.
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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:19 am

Their simple design is tried and true, and the epitome of form-follows function. I thought there was a few guys here who use them and the only complaint I hear is about the squeak, which shouldn't bother you
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Post Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:27 am

I used speed kings for years. I've broken a couple of them, could have been due to their age and lower-quality metal castings (they were from the 60's).

I have to say they are SO awesomely responsive. I've been considering getting one again, but I really need a double pedal for some of the gigs I do, and getting a new double pedal is more of a priority. if you're looking for a single (and are already familiar with the hilarious squeek) I would say absolutely go for it.
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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:07 am

Awesome! Yeh, I tried messing around with settings on the Iron Cobra and working with my seating position. Still wasn't able to get it exactly how I wanted. There just seems to be a slight delay. I play punk music that is similar to Bad Brains, NOFX, etc. I've also look been monitoring my foot as well, but that doesn't seem to be a problem either (tend to do a combination of swivel, heel/toe, heel up).
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Post Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:54 am

I started out with an old Speed King from the 1940s. No complaints but the squeak (which thanks to modern technology is easily drowned out live and in the studio). The mechanism finally wore out though, and no amount of work or rigging could salvage it, so I sold it to a music memorabilia shop downtown. I did, however, keep the beater and still use it to this day.
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