The Iron Cobra’s beater packs a big punch. There are several different options for the striking material on Tama’s Iron Cobra beater. I prefer the CB90F felt beater because it’s the most versatile for many different styles of music as it can be loud and punchy, or slow and sensitive. The beater weight is absolutely perfect, providing you with a smooth sound. My Iron Cobra pedal has the same beater that came with it, and sounds exactly the same as the day I bought it. I recently purchased a bass drum pedal that felt great, but had a horrible beater. I just bought a separate Iron Cobra felt beater as a replacement for the existing beater. When I switched out the bad beater for the Iron Cobra beater, the pedal had an even better feel and capable of making much better sounds. Any serious drummer should purchase an Iron cobra beater and try it out on every pedal they have as it will probably sound and feel better than their current beater.
DW Control XL Beater dwsm110XL
DW’s Control beaters are the best beaters offered by DW. The Control XL beater has a long shaft and an oversized beater face which is different than the face of the similar Control beater; in my opinion the XL beater produces a fuller sound. I’ve never really cared for the beaters that are usually included with DW pedals, but these beaters are far superior, being far quicker and more responsive. The face can be switched from felt to wood, the weight can be adjusted with ease, and the pedal has removable weights so each drummer can find the perfect weight for their style. This beater has a great sound and a ton of options while having the bonus added bonus of being extremely affordable as well.
Slug Percussion offers some of the finest crafted bass drum beaters available, offering several different models with their standout being the Powerhead Standard. The balanced feel of this beater allows it to be very powerful when it needs to be while the beater shaft is actually tapered to feel more natural and responsive to your foot. This beater also features a dual sided head with felt and hard surfaces which can be switched up quickly by simply rotating the beater which then locks in place by hand. Now you no longer need to take out your drum key and unscrew a bolt just to change the head surface! The shaft is made of stainless steel, the whole beater is made to be extremely durable, and it’s available black or in the popular green color to suit your personal preferences.
Trick’s Pro 1-v is an aluminum beater with a strong attack and clear sound. Delivering a fat, powerful punch, this beater is a favorite of metal drummers because it’s loud enough to compete with a loud metal band. Built for speed, this beater helps any drummer produce consistent strokes at extreme volumes as well as providing necessary articulation for advanced double bass drum patterns. The beater itself is very lightweight in comparison to the full sound it produces and can also be adjusted vertically down the metal shaft for your preferred angle. The face can be changed for multiple surfaces which can completely transform its sound making this pick a very versatile beater indeed.
DW’s Black Sheep Beater is two beaters in one, featuring a larger wooden beater core that produces a hard sound which is a bit wider than most wooden beaters. The end result is a clear attack and almost a vintage sound. The main selling point of this beater is the included black wool cover which can be attached to the beater to completely change its sound. The wool cover is held in place by an elastic band and simply slips over the top of the wooden beater, allowing it to produce a softer “thumpy” sound. It’s a great option for drummers who like an open bass drum sound or coated heads without a mic hole. This beater is great for musical theater drummers who often have to switch from a kick drum sound to that of a concert bass drum, a task accomplished quickly and easily with this beater.