Used by just about everyone at some point, we love the Speed King pedal here at Nick Hopkin Drums, but it’s always driven me a bit mad that some of these pedals squeak! We’ve had various pedals through the shop, and to me they always feel and play great. But some squeak. Because the Spring is locked inside the actual pedal, there’s no easy fix to stop it squeaking without dismantling the whole pedal, re-assembling it, and hope that a) it still works and b) the squeak has gone.
I read a couple great articles this morning on the Ludwig Speed King bass drum pedal which talked about how John Bonham’s pedal squeaked and made it onto some classic Zeppelin recordings. Some argue that the squeak of his pedal wasn’t audible on cheaper home sound systems in the 60’s and 70’s, but that digital remastering has made it a topic for discussion!
Jimmy page is quoted as saying “The only real problem I can remember encountering was when we were putting the first boxed set together. There was an awfully squeaky bass drum pedal on ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! [laughs]. That was something that was obviously sadly overlooked at the time.”
Apparently you can also hear it on these songs: ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, ‘The Ocean’, ‘The Rain Song’, ‘Houses of the Holy’, ‘Ten Years Gone’, ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’ and the live version of ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ on Coda and ‘All My Love’ on In Through The Out Door.
We’ve got some pedals listed on our website here – some of them may squeak!