The FP-8500B is a simple, lightweight pedal with a smooth, belt drive system. The woven nylon belt is strong, lightweight and quiet giving you friction free feel and great dynamic control. The FP-8500B has no bottom plate; it uses a conventional wire frame with rubber coated tips where the frame locks into the main frame casting. This makes it easy to fold the pedal up for compact storage for the gigging drummer. The hole in the beater hub is tear drop shaped so it securely holds the beater shaft. The FP-8500C ships with our hard felt beater that has been a favorite of many of our artists for years. The footboard is longer, making this a great pedal if you use a heel/toe technique.