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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.

Double Pedal

Pros

  1. Very small and lightweight, making it easier to carry around.
  2. Much cheaper than a double pedal.
  3. Easier to use when space is an issue on stage.
  4. Alot easier to place your hi-hats and other pedals.

Cons

  1. The slave pedal wills always have lag, no matter what kind of pedal it is, even if it is hardly noticeable. Always.
  2. When playing at fast speeds, the other pedal can sometimes choke the drum, making your speed stop and sputter.
  3. If you tuning isn't up to par, then two pedals in different spots on the drum can make the drum sound terrible.

Double Bass

Pros

  1. Looks Much Cooler
  2. Opens up more space for toms, cowbell, etc.
  3. Could possible increase your image as a drummer
  4. A larger kit could make you seem more professional (but could also make you seem less professional depending on who's judging you.)
  5. You could go faster on two kicks than with a double pedal.
  6. More sustain and richer sound

Cons

  1. Harder to tune two bass drums to one sound
  2. 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.
  3. You may not have enough storage space at home.
  4. Costs more expensive
  5. 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!

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