I, too, use a Tama pedal. I have the stocker HP20 on my practice kit, and the double version HP200TW on my gigging/recording kit. Nothing fancy, but rock solid, and quite a few years of trouble free performance from my heavy ass!
I also like the Iron Cobras as well.
One thing I have noticed that practically every Yamaha pedal I have played on has a distinct feel, very light and airy with great response. I think a Yamaha will be my next pedal...
Samers. Tama HP200TW. I have the spring tightened all the way up on it, and actually would like it a little stiffer!
I'm back on the drums for my projects after having not played them for 28 years...I used to use the "Ghost" pedal, which had two opposing concentric coil springs, so the tension was adjustable on the down stroke AND the return...
I've got an old Yamaha double pedal, strap drive (it's very nice) I have a single Iron Cobra with heavy chain drive(also very nice) but my favorite pedal is still my old (ca.1968)Gretch "floating action" strap drive.
I have converted the pulley and spring ring to the Iron Cobra bearing and casing return spring which makes the action even smoother. I still love this pedal the best. I've replaced the strap
many times. If the footboard ever
goes I have another from when I
tried playing double kick. If both go, I'll cry like a baby.
I´ve fooled around with a few pedals A Premier, Pearl, Yamaha and two types of DW, and the cheaper DW does it for me, a 5000AH with the chain and offset-middle drive. The other DW was a newer model with a double chain and weights.
Well it was pure labor, using that one and when I added those weights, it was so slow coming back up. But the cheaper one is pure gold, fast, light (I allmost dont use the spring tension)and natural.
AXIS pedals are pretty neat; the design and construction of the things was fairly remarkable when they came out... 10 or 11 years ago? All machined high grade aluminum, and the big deal- bearings at absolutely every point of movement. They've got a 'waggle' that just goes on and on, which is a testament to how well the things are balanced, regardless of setup and spring tension. The original models have a cool 'variable drive lever' wherein the connection point between footboard and axle can be adjusted over a wide range- sort of like the difference between DW turbo vs. accelerator vs. Yamaha vs. whatever...with those brands the 'sproket' shape determines the feel and there's no adjustability in that regard. It'd actually be feasible to adjust a new Axis to feel really close to whatever you'd been used to, and gradually fine tune it so's to totally accomodate your foot's development and such.
On noisy bar gigs I don't at all mind using one of the DWs or Pearls sitting around here, but for more challenging material I'll always take out an Axis 'cause the control and sensitivity they offer is still tops as far as my foot's concerned.
Interestingly, 10 years later most of the big name pedal models have implemented a number of the same design aspects- particularly the bearings all over the place. Funny that it took so long...