Refurbished Speed King... ??

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I had a refurbed Speedking (might have been from our own Bill here at DFO!?)... Liked it.
Sold it. (Why do we do these things?).

Looking for another.

Question is - buy an old one and refurb it myself or pop for an already clean one?
 

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Bentley's in Fresno had a bunch of vintage pedals professionally painted and refurbed a few months back......Camco, Ludwig, Rogers..... nicely painted in various enamel colors....not sure if they still do.
 

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And...You might just be able to find a well-kept example used original....It has to be well -kept not abused. In other words I trust mine I bought new in (?)..erm..e...1972-3-4? earlier?.... that I took it to a gig last St Pats before the lock. I had used it at home the past few years on a remote Lp Gajate bracket (to whack a cowbell) but had not taken it to an entire gig (gulp) in decades.

sunuvabugger it worked fine. I inspected it and played it a little before taking it out. The Screw that holds the beater- I think was tight-- I didn't wanna force it-- But made it thru Solid.
"Foot in a Box" pedal---that's my new saying/descript/ for The Speed King. I'll use it with my micro-bop little set when gigs return because it is still a quality steel/design pedal.
Maybe I should call it "Shoe in a house".
 
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B/O


wow there's plenty strike while Iron Box is hot...



seems like 10 in decent looking shape can always get em serviced +/-

35bucks in 10 minutes

million of em- at the moment
 
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But the refurbished ones had improved/replaced aftermarket parts like better bushings and bearings, didn't they?

I remember because that's why they appealed to me. They were more of a SpeedKing 2.0 compared to refurbished.
 

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I guess the answer to your question depends on yourself. Do you like tinkering/working on gear or not?

I’ve rehabbed about 4 pedals and enjoy that time.
I bought a ‘souped up one’ from Jesse when he had Drummechanix and it is great. One of the pedals I rehabbed I did like his using bushings/sleeves so no squeaks. You can get a standard Speed King to not squeak as it is. No bearing changes involved in either.
 

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I guess the answer to your question depends on yourself. Do you like tinkering/working on gear or not?

I would rather play drums as a hobby, but I am capable of disassembling/cleaning/reassembling if it would save >$50 and get me a better pedal.
 

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The ones at Bentleys were tuned up and felt like new tight modern pedals with vintage car paint color accents. To me, more of a display item vs. playing pedal. If you know how to fix the old ones then find a "beater" pedal and go for it.
 
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Another option is seeing if polyphonic has a finished pedal for sale.
^^^^ THIS ^^^^ I met him at the Delaware drum show in 2019 super nice guy and he does great work!
 

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I remember a story about how Charlie Watts got into Bennetts(?) shop and tried a couple of Speed Kings and bought the ones he felt comfortable with.
When they told him "you can adjust the tension" he looked surprised - he never knew you could adjust it and just bought new ones when the older didn't feel good anymore...
 

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Vincent Leef in Maryland does killer speed king restos. You can find him on Facebook.
 

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snag a WFL model if you can find one...seems better than the newer ones to me for some unknown reason, mine's still going strong after 60 yrs of use with just a lube/cleanup job (once)...fwiw
 


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