How to Adjust the Tama Iron Cobra

By Tom Becker
A drummer can adjust his base drum pedal for optimum use.

A snake charmer can work with a cobra in relative safety because he understands how to work with his scaly partner. Like the snake charmer, you can have a successful relationship with your Tama Iron Cobra bass drum pedal if you understand how to work with it. The pedal was designed with a number of adjustable parts to help create a custom feel and response. These various adjustments can be made quickly using the proper technique.

Open the power clamp at the front of a Tama Iron Cobra bass drum pedal by rotating the notched master washer counterclockwise.

Tighten the power clamp in place by turning the wingnut behind the master washer clockwise.

Locate the tension spring at the right of the pedal. Adjust the spring tension by turning the upper spring tension washer counterclockwise, then push down on the upper washer while turning the lower locking spring tension washer clockwise until it locks in place.

Loosen the nut securing the beater in place with a drum hammer. Remove the beater from its housing, slide the beater balancer over the beater arm, insert the beater back into its housing and tighten the nut in place with the drum hammer.

Slide the beater balancer up to the desired position on the beater arm and lock it in place with the drum hammer. Place the Tight-Lock cap over the nut, securing the beater in place and tighten the cap down with the drum hammer.

Loosen the nut at the top of the Speedo-Ring, located at the upper right of the pedal with the drum hammer.

Adjust the angle of the foot board until the desired angle is achieved. Secure the foot board in place by tightening the the nut above the Speedo-Ring with the drum hammer.

Loosen the Vari-Pitch beater nut on the underside of the beater housing with the drum hammer.

Adjust the angle of the beater until the desired angle is achieved. Secure the beater in place by tightening the Vari-Pitch beater nut with the drum hammer.

Loosen the nut on the underside of the pedal, securing the Cobra Coil spring with the drum hammer. Slide the spring to the desired position and secure it in place by tightening the nut with the drum hammer.