This pedal worked great right out of the box. I slightly decreased spring tension. I like my Quad Beater from my older Pearl Pedal, so I switched it out. Didn't like the Demon Beater as much, but I'm sure others might like it better. I use this pedal for all types of music in my variety band. I played my old Eliminator for 20 years. I'll be using this one just as long if my luck holds!