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In today's comparison we invite you to see how the Pearl P3002D Eliminator Demon Drive stacks up against the Mapex Armory Series P800TW. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. If you find this article interesting, you might also want to read 10 Best Double Bass Pedals of 2020

Everyone has different preferences, and we hope our frank reviews will make your decision easier. First, we will take a look at the Pearl P3002D Eliminator Demon Drive. Pearl's Eliminator is a pristine set of pedals for the money it has no noise slack or delay to it. It offers up plenty of new adjustments to calibrate it to individual preferred performance. Pearl's Eliminator Demon Drive pedal is unparalleled direct drive you will find cheaper simpler direct drives on the market but they don't come close. Users can move the direct link and the beater stroke mechanisms closer to the batter head to increase or decrease the weight and control aggression. The adjustment features combine to produce around 8 different set ups and then you can fine tune tension length and angle to top it all off.

Next let's have a look at the Mapex Armory Series P800TW. Mapex have never dominated the top of everyone's Christmas list, however, the new armory series really sees them kicking their manufacturing up a notch. Comparing an old Mapex for a new is a chalk and cheese revelation. This Mapex Armory Series P800TW is a fantastic dual chain drive double bass pedal each features a solid steel base plate retractable floor spikes for unbeatable grip. The extended footboard on the Mapex P800TW gives the impression that it is glued to your shoe from the get-go, it is covered with black powder coating with stunning green highlights.

Taking a closer look at the features of the Pearl P3002D Eliminator Demon Drive

The construction of Pearl's Eliminator is somehow lightweight despite is solid steel spines. Pearl's Eliminator boasts Japanese NiNja bearings which keep it silent during operation they are the same used for high-end skateboards and satellite telescopes. The foot-board is 'DuoDeck' so you can choose between long-board or short with some light screwing work.

A good look at the Mapex Armory Series P800TW

The torque-free, ball bearing, spring system mechanism is super slick providing fluid inaudible motion. The beater height and foot-board starting position can be adjusted as you see fit. The Mapex Falcon beaters (featured on the great Mapex falcon original pedal) come with interchangeable weights to control how heavily you want to add to the spring tension. All in all I makes for a dual pedal that allows for alarming speeds.

Pearl P3002D Eliminator Demon Drive Mapex Armory Series P800TW
+ Duo Deck board.
+ Steel Spine.
+ Laser processed and micro polished NiNja bearings.
+ Unbelievable versatility.

+ Amazing grip.
+ Fast double bass.
+ Fair amount of adjustable parts.
+ Cheap but good quality.

This double bass drum pedal really sets the benchmark for direct driven drumming they are super adaptable and incorporate some advanced technology that make them remarkably precise. The Mapex Armory Series P800TW is more of a workhorse than a flagship with it's durable build, great grip and response but you get a lot of bang for your bucks with this one.

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