In forums that I often browse, I find that a recurring debate is whether drummers should have a duble bass drum pedal or two bass drums. Personally, I use neither. I have one bass drum with one pedal but that's another story. Anyways, I'll go ahead and list the pros and cons of both options.
- Very small and lightweight, making it easier to carry around.
- Much cheaper than a double pedal.
- Easier to use when space is an issue on stage.
- Alot easier to place your hi-hats and other pedals.
- The slave pedal wills always have lag, no matter what kind of pedal it is, even if it is hardly noticeable. Always.
- When playing at fast speeds, the other pedal can sometimes choke the drum, making your speed stop and sputter.
- If you tuning isn't up to par, then two pedals in different spots on the drum can make the drum sound terrible.
- Looks Much Cooler
- Opens up more space for toms, cowbell, etc.
- Could possible increase your image as a drummer
- A larger kit could make you seem more professional (but could also make you seem less professional depending on who's judging you.)
- You could go faster on two kicks than with a double pedal.
- More sustain and richer sound
- Harder to tune two bass drums to one sound
- If buying the second bass drum as an add-on to an existing kit after the initial purchase, you may discover that the company doesn't make your size bass drum anymore or your current finish is discontinued, etc.
- You may not have enough storage space at home.
- Costs more expensive
- Very heavy to lug around
You decide! If there's anything I missed tell me in the comments or on my talk page, and I'll be sure to add it!