How to Assemble a Double Bass Pedal

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How to Assemble a Double Bass Pedal
Drum set with standard single bass pedal set up (drums image by agno_agnus from

A bass pedal (also known as a kick pedal) is the part of a drum set that strikes the bass drum by means of a pedal. A double bass pedal allows you to strike the bass drum using two pedals connected to a single mechanism. Double bass pedals are used to play fast-paced beats that are otherwise too difficult to play using a single pedal. They may be purchased fully assembled or in self-assembly kits, often without instructions.

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Things you need

  • Drum set
  • Drum key

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    Connect both springs and tighten them to the desired tension. Double bass pedals support both springs on the main pedal that holds the bass beaters and is directly attached to the bass drum. Tighten the joints connecting the springs into the sockets.

  2. 2

    Connect the rod to the driveshaft of both the main pedal and the secondary pedal on the desired side. The length of the shaft may be adjusted. Tighten all screws with a drum key.

  3. 3

    Place bass beaters in both sockets of the main pedal and adjust them to where they will strike in the centre of the bass drum. Tighten the screws.

  4. 4

    Check the tightness of every screw. A loose screw can undo any adjustments and possibly break parts of the pedal. Check the lubrication of every moving part of the double bass pedal. Drum lubrication may be purchased and used if necessary.

  1. 1

    Connect the main pedal to the bottom rim of the bass pedal. Mechanisms of the clamp may vary depending on make and model. Secure the pedal tightly.

  2. 2

    Adjust the length of the rod and place the second pedal in the desired location. Tighten all screws and check for comfort.

  3. 3

    Sit on your stool and test the double bass pedal. You may adjust the tension of the springs, location of the second pedal and height of the beaters as needed. Both pedals should be easily accessible to your feet and be in a comfortable position.

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