I can't say enough about the 5,000 series kick pedals. They're super smooth, with just the right amount of versatility in tension. I will forever prefer this series over the more expensive, "higher regarded" 9,000 series! The only reason that this pedal doesn't get a 5 star rating from me is because I've had the heel piece break on me several times. An easy and cheap replacement, but still extremely frustrating.