Mapex introduces new Falcon bass drum pedals
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-02-28)
Mapex has released all-new bass drum pedals: the Falcon Single Pedal P1000 and the Falcon Double Pedal P1000TW (pictured). Both are completely new designs from Mapex and both models are designed to be the smoothest-playing pedals ever made.
The Falcon’s exclusive hollow inox steel drive shaft offers the utmost in strength without adding unwanted drag or excess weight. This increases the smooth operation of the pedal and gives Falcon a sensationally smooth feel. By allowing the torque-free spring mechanism to move independently the Falcon’s stroke and recoil motions are exceptionally smooth and feel more natural to the foot.
“Every feature and adjustment has been engineered to make Falcon feel as if it’s an extension of your foot,” said Joe Hibbs, R&D Manager at Mapex USA. “Every artist that has tested this pedal has been able to fine tune it to their liking within minutes — right out of the box. Falcon is a pedal for the people. This is a pedal that can satisfy virtually every drummer.”
Because the Falcon’s footprint is more compact than other bass drum pedals, it’s easy to comfortably position between the hi-hat and snare stands. The Falcon’s easy-to-reach, resistance-free Talon™ clamp adjustment can be tightened with one hand from a seated position, making set-up quick and easy, even in the tightest spaces.
The Falcon’s patented Talon™ bass drum hoop clamp features locking claws that move independently from the pedal frame. Even if the bass drum is pitched at a severe angle, the pedal remains flat to the floor and securely clamped to the drum for the utmost comfort and security.
The Falcon is equipped with interchangeable cams to suit each player’s individual style. The “Glide” cam offers an equal amount of inertia from the beginning to the end of the stroke, while the “Pursuit” cam is recommended for increased power and maximum impact. The reversible beater head comes with interchangeable 10 gram and 20 gram inserts. By choosing one of these weights (or playing without any additional weight at all) the player can choose the desired degree of centrifugal force.
The Falcon’s footboard design provides the feel of a longer board without the additional weight and mass. A lighter footboard provides greater control with less fatigue and its uniquely sculpted profile allows the players to position his foot at any angle and operate the pedal with minimal expended energy, making even the most intricate patterns seem effortless.
The footboard angle and beater angle are independently adjustable, enabling the player to fine-tune the ideal combination of playing comfort and force of stroke. The footboard and heel plate are hinged using an exclusive sealed bearing mechanism that offers zero resistance and secure operation with no lateral movement.
MSRP for the Falcon Single Pedal is $329. The Falcon Double Pedal carries an MSRP of $649.
Compiled from a Mapex press release. For more information visit www.mapexdrums.com.