I've gone through beginner and intermediate Tama and Pearl pedals, all single chain and decent for their price range. As my skills developed I often found myself fighting with the pedal. For my first upgrade, I received as a gift a DW 3000 series double pedal and was very happy with it at first. DW is by many considered to be the golden standard when it comes to drums and drum hardware. The DW 3000 was fast, smooth, and more durable than my older pedals. It has a solid dual chain and really packs a punch. But after several months of usage, I found parts of the pedal began wearing down fast and in some instances breaking. The part I hate the most about the 3000 is the cheap hinge that attaches the pedal to the base. I have broken this piece twice and was on the verge of it breaking again before I decided to wise up and buy something that will last and won't hinder my drumming progress.
I walked into my local guitar center looking to find a professional quality pedal that won't break the bank. I tried every pedal they had on display and kept coming back to the same one: the Tama Speed Cobra. What can I say, it lives up to its name and reputation. Playing the Speed Cobra is like driving a Ferrari. As soon as I placed my foot on the pedal I was able to squeeze out fast doubles with ease and basically fly with it! It is just as good, if not better than the flagship DW 9000 and for a considerably more affordable price! I also really like the feel of the longboard. Whether you play heel up, heel down, heel toe, slide, swivel, all techniques feel easier to me on this pedal. I highly recommend it to all players in all genres!