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The Mighty Trick Pro 1V

The trick pedal does not only live up to its hype... It EXCEEDS it!

 Being over 50 years old, and having played the drums for over 40
 years, it's safe to say I've had many bass drum pedals from a variety
 of manufacturers. My first pedal was a Ludwig Speed King. It's the
 pedal I learned on and frankly, one of the best feeling pedals I have
 ever played. I don't know if I think it was the standard by which all
 others would be judged because it's actually that good, or if it's
 because it's what I learned on, but I can honestly say every other
 pedal I had ever played lacked in some way, either because of speed,
 or feel.

 I tried several pedals in my early 20's because the speed king has one
 nagging problem: It SQUEEKS and recording engineers hate them. For
 many years I played live with a speed king, and recorded with a CAMCO
 pedal. As you may know, the CAMCO pedal eventually became the earliest
 DW pedal after the rights were sold to them; in fact it was one of
 DW's earliest products.

 I didn't really like the feel or speed of the CAMCO, but it was a
 means to an end. Later I went to a DW 5000 which was sturdier due to
 the "turbo" base plate, but it was still awkward feeling to me.

 I played double kick drums back then and I had two speed kings. It was
 quite easy to make two of the speed kings feel EXACTLY alike. It was
 much harder to make two of anything else feel the same.

 Then I decided to move to a single bass drum. While it was quite easy
 to make two speed kings feel the same, it was much harder to make two
 bass drums sound the same, and that solution is solved by having a
 single drum with a double pedal. Obviously, the speed king design
 doesn't lend itself to being converted into a double pedal due to the
 compression spring setup and the lack of rotating main pedal axles. I
 decided on the DW5002 pedal and while it feels really bad to me, it
 was a workable solution at that time.

 Then along came the AXIS pedals and everything changed. The AXIS pedal
 was a direct drive pedal and it has variable geometry, so by placing
 the AXIS next to the Speed king, I was able to emulate the exact
 functional geometry of the speed king pedals and it truly did start to
 FEEL very much like a speed king. I played AXIS pedals for over 15
 years with only one complaint: The springs don't feel like a speed
 king! The speed king has compression springs and the axis has a spring
 which elongates as the pedal is depressed and these two methods feel
 VERY different from each other. That being said, it is what it is, and
 for me, the holy grail of bass drum pedals would have to be a variable
 geometry direct drive double pedal with compression springs, and I
 thought the day would never come that such a thing would be invented.

 Then along comes TRICK!

 The PRO-1V pedal has everything I was looking for. It is variable
 geometry, Direct drive pedal and has a compression spring. I ordered a
 double and I waited with anticipation. When the pedal arrived, I set
 it up and put it on the drum.

 I hated it... It felt really awful! I was quite disappointed and
 immediately put the Axis back on the kit and decided to wait until I
 had some time to spend with the pedal to see if I could make it feel
 like I had expected.

 It took about 2 hours to get the first pedal dialed in, and once it
 was feeling good, it was absolutely AMAZING! There are SO MANY
 variables that this pedal can truly be made to feel any way that you
 like, from INCREDIBLE to utterly useless! Rest assured, once it was
 close, it became obvious that it was going to be terrific. When it was
 close it was better than most, but once it was right in there, the
 pedal is staggeringly fast and responsive.

 Now, here is the best part... Once the first pedal was dialed-in, I
 simply matched the settings, which is easy to do because the pedal has
 calibration marks on it that resemble an expensive piece of laboratory
 equipment and to my amazement, the LEFT pedal feels exactly, and I do
 mean EXACTLY, like the primary pedal. The only thing that doesn't have
 a dial indicator on it is the spring adjustment, but it's quite easy
 to visually see where you're at with that adjustment, and fine tuning
 is a breeze.

 So, how does it play? Like a dream. It's the best constructed piece of
 drum gear I have ever seen, irrespective of who made it, and it looks
 as though it will last a lifetime. Yes it's expensive, but the value
 proposition of having a pedal that is truly the last pedal I will ever
 need to buy is attractive to me. To put things in perspective, The
 Axis pedals cost a bit less than the TRICK, but I complained about
 them every time I used them. With the TRICK pedal, the only time I
 ever complained was when I paid for it. Which would you rather do?
 Complain once, or every time you use it?

 At ANY time, I could turn this back into a pair of single pedals using
 only a drum key.

 I really do feel that this pedal is the most versatile pedal ever
 made, and it's also the best feeling. It DOES feel BETTER than my old
 speed kings because it has less friction. It lacks the squeaks and
 rattles of the old reliable Ludwig pedal, which no one would ever
 miss.

 Fit and Finish: The pedal looks like it belongs in the display case of
 a fine jewelry store. Not that it matters of course, but for the
 price, they also deliver on the looks of the thing.


 Mike Morgan is featured as a factory test pilot artist on the Trick Website.
Click Here to take a look!

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