Tama HP50 to Strap/Belt Drive?

chillybase

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Can the Tama Classic kick pedal (HP50) be converted to a strap/belt drive by any chance?
 

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Don't know but I looking to purchase one. Is there an issue with the chain?
 

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Sure it can ........ hey, anything can be done (within reason!). You might have to make a rather narrow leather strap - say, 1/2" - 5/8" wide - but this could be simply exchanged for the chain.

I thought about doing this on my HP50 ........ I'm a confirmed "strap drive guy" ........, but honestly have no problem with the light chain. I will say that the screws on this pedal are loctited and thus difficult to remove without damaging the heads; heat from a heat gun etc helps here.

My only real gripe with this pedal is the same one I have with pretty much every pedal: the lack of ability to adjust the timing between the strap/chain cam and the beater. Most pedals (including the HP50) seem to incorporate the beater shaft clamp with the cam; on my pedal, I worked around this by careful bending/shaping of the beater shaft, allowing the strap cam to be "retarded" relative to the beater position. I like this snappier feel with quick acceleration off the rest position and more torque at beater strike. A personal thing, for sure .......

Mike
 

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I've hacked together a few frankenpedals and you may be able to use a strap belt cam from another brand. It's easier to use the DW 5000 parts as an experiment.
 

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I just bought one of these. Im hopeful that I will like it as much as my classic calato pedals.
 

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The Tama pedal is very well designed. Simple, sturdy (for jazz or other light playing), fully adjustable, lightweight. I cant believe I waited so long to purchase one b
 

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Here's a pic of my (lightly) modded HP50 - changes are the shaped beater shaft, allowing the cam to be rotated back (retarded); and an added bump on the cam nose to inrease the snap action.

I like it ......... !

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Nice offset in the beater rod. If you don't mind me asking, what did you use to change the cam profile?
 

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Nice offset in the beater rod. If you don't mind me asking, what did you use to change the cam profile?

Thanks, Joe61 -

The beater rod is a piece of stainless that I had shaped some time ago to work with my edrum trigger; I think those minimalist beater heads are a Tama product, at least originally. You could get a variety of materials on the striker face, from felt to hard rubber. The heads attached to the rod with set screws, so you could make your own rod out of 1/4" stock.

The "bump" on the cam: in this case, I drilled and tapped a hole in the center of the cam face after fooling around with a piece of hard rubber to decide the best place to drill. I then placed a 10-32 set screw in the hole and placed a rubber grommet over it. I've modified cam profiles on strap drives before by bending thin aluminum and holding it in place under the strap with the attachment screw. I could take a detailed pic for you if you are interested ......

The whole idea is to build up the cam profile in the right place to make the action more aggressive; this is sorta like the old hot rodder technique of adding welded material to a stock camshaft and grinding a new smooth profile with a higher lift.

Mike
 

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