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Old 01-22-2018, 04:26 PM
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Question "Kicker" bass drum pedal board

Hello, I bought a interesting bass drum pedal "add-on" from eBay and wondered if anyone has any experience playing it and what kind of pedal they used. It appears to me to be patented by James R. Purdy as a "Bass Drum Pedal Assembly", U.S. patent number 4,235,146, dated November 25, 1980. It replaces your pedal's original foot board, attaches the strap to a sliding connection in a vertical slot on the footboard, and is then played with a normal up and down motion plus the capability to slide your foot forward. I have not yet figured out a pedal base to attach it to, so I have no idea how well it works. The good news is that it was reasonably priced. This is the kind of thing that keeps me off the streets and supports the Mom and Pop music stores, so it has some redeeming value. Thanks for any information, and sorry for the long winded posting. Joe Cochran
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:47 PM
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Default Re: "Kicker" bass drum pedal board

I guess it was meant to be a compliment to the tension systems of whatever pedals were available at the time. I wonder how well that worked.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:23 PM
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Love it... anytime I’m in a small town and see a music storebI go spend a little money on something in there. .

I can’t picture what advantages or differences it provides... as in I don’t fully understand the mechanism. I did some googling but of course searching kicker and bass drum, no matter what else you add, brings many, many unrelated results. I hope you figure it out and post a picture; I am curious now!
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:31 PM
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Here’s a patent diagram... and some light reading on it. http://www.google.com/patents/US4235146
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:07 AM
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You know your version looks different than the one he patented... interesting.
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: "Kicker" bass drum pedal board

Zach and Jim, Thanks so much for your replies. Yes, the patent illustrations look a little different from the actual pedal board. There are three illustrations in the patent if I remember correctly. The label at the heel says it was also patent applied for in Canada and the inventor is listed as a Canadian so I think it is the same person. I will have to find something to hook it to so I can see how (if?) it works. I saw some current Vruk brand products that are a similar modern concept. They attach to the top of the footboard and let you play these very fast bass drum beats but I don't think they were meant for sliding action. There was a rubber flapping piece at the toe end. I am an old **** and should never try to play fast bass drum notes, it would just be embarrassing... Thanks again, Joe
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:34 PM
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Default Re: "Kicker" bass drum pedal board

Almost looks like one of these.


Trivia Time:

Anyone know what the "official" name for such a contraption is? (Cleverly blacked out in the photo-that would be too easy)!
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:43 PM
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. .... Brannock device... thanks Epsteinís shoe store.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:18 PM
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Default Re: "Kicker" bass drum pedal board

Wow, it never occurred to me that we might cross over from bass drum pedal accumulation to alarmingly close to foot fetishism. That might be more socially acceptable than obsessing about drum gear...
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