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kev
10-13-2005, 04:58 PM
Drumsticks - where would we be without?! :D
Everything do do with drumsticks, brushes, whatever, in here!

Drumsticks

Great list of sticks sizes!!! (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showpost.php?p=1850709637&postcount=6)
Great in-depth article at MusiciansFriend (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=home/content/doc_id=98393/src=3NL5CU?c_lid=b1)
What are everyone's favourite brands? (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=92294)
Pearl Tech Speak: Drumsticks, Brushes and Mallets (http://www.pearldrum.com/2002_techspeak/drumsticks.asp)
2A Still too light? (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=107388)
Liking/disliking Ahead... (http://pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=104764)
Have your own custom drumstick! (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=103221)
Who invented the Modern Drumstick? (http://pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=59963)
Information and pics on Danny Careys Sig. Sticks (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=109366)
General Information on Drumsticks, etc (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?doc_id=98393&g=home)

Brushes

What are brushes? (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=107164)
Using Brushes (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=105899)
Many different brush exercises (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=142005)

Mallets

What Mallet grip does everyone use? (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=108936)
Make your own Mallet - very easy! (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showpost.php?p=1850582346&postcount=2)
Paiste402's mallet making tutorial (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?t=123329)

Drumstick Bag

Make a Drumstick Bag (http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showpost.php?p=1850673773&postcount=6)

External Links

Vic Firth Official Website (http://www.vicfirth.com)
Promark Official Website (http://www.promark.com)
Vater Official Website (http://www.vater.com)
Trueline Official Site (http://www.trueline.com/)
AHEAD Catalogue (http://www.bigbangdist.com/ahead_st.htm)
Zildjian (http://www.zildjian.com/)
Carbosticks (http://www.hohnerusa.com/pdistributioncarbo.htm)
Regal Tip (http://www.regaltip.com/)

nicka912
10-13-2005, 05:20 PM
Those links are broken.

kev
10-13-2005, 05:21 PM
That should be it now.

nicka912
10-13-2005, 05:48 PM
Fixed. Thanks, kev.

kev
10-13-2005, 06:02 PM
Ive made the text into hyperlinks now, and will continue this way of working too. It just lets me no there'll be no problems from the reasons links were broken before :)

Compulsivedrummer
10-13-2005, 09:13 PM
i should probably get myself a pair of brushes one of these days

GTHO_PhaseIII
10-14-2005, 01:16 AM
I use 2Bs, just because they fit my hand better than smaller sticks. What about everyone else?

vanillaCOKE2k2
10-14-2005, 05:11 PM
i like dave weckl's sticks as well as 7a vic firths. i also enjoy playing the dennis chambers sigs from zildjian. the tip gives a clear distinct sound on my cymbals unlike no other stick ive played. i also like the roy haynes sig stick and it probably is my favorite stick of all. the but end is light and the stick is just a beauty to have. when i can i try to get the box of them instead of a single pair.

Thrush
10-14-2005, 05:28 PM
Kev - one word : CARBOSTICKS

;)

kev
10-14-2005, 05:31 PM
Those things are nice, the only problem is when your hands get sweaty coz they tend to slip more :o
I'm working on getting as much on as I can! So far my October holiday has been PDF university, but, hey, its fun :)

Thrush
10-14-2005, 05:45 PM
I disagree. I have found that they slip LESS in my hands when sweating it up, as they are more pourous and dissipate the moisture better.

Either way tho, I use Ahead grip tape as it maes it more comfortable on my hands, and reduces stick vibration somewhat. I use that tape on both wood and carbon sticks alike.

As a measure of longevity;

Vic Firth 5B hickory : lasted average 4 weeks
Vater 5B Hickory : Lasted average 5/6 weeks
CarboSticks : Lasted average 8 weeks
Ahead alloy : Lasted either 10 or 12 weeks (can't remember)

Prices (UK)

Vic Firth : £8 pr
Vater : £8.50 pr
Carbo : £10 pr
Ahead : £23 pr

So money vs longevity - Carbosticks win - least for me they do ;)

kev
10-14-2005, 05:49 PM
That unusual. my drumstore even stopped brining in carbos cause so many people complained that they were bad :)

I did have to use a pair duiong one band practise tho - they werent terribly bad with slippiness but still a little problem for me :p

JohnBonham=Beast
10-14-2005, 05:52 PM
Just wanted to stop and say that Kev, you have been doing a great job with all of this and soon it will be one of the better forums on this...forum. Great job!:)


P.S.- I use Pro-Mark Hickory 3A, great sticks. I'd recommend them to anyone. PM me if you want any details! ;)

Thrush
10-14-2005, 05:57 PM
That unusual. my drumstore even stopped brining in carbos cause so many people complained that they were bad :)

I did have to use a pair duiong one band practise tho - they werent terribly bad with slippiness but still a little problem for me :p

To me they are the perfect stick. The only two points I can complain on is 1) there is no warning for when they snap - like Aheads they just go! And 2) they are a little tiny bit heavier, which is odd as carbon in general is usually lighter.

But to me they are the perfect stick - longevity is longer, they remain rigid and 100% as strong till the end as they did at day one (no "knawed" out section in the middle that weaken like wood sticks) and still have the same wood sound and feel to them. Add in the perfect weight match and they are 100% straight 100% of the time, I just can't find a better stick. for £2 more a pair I think it's worth it.

The only thing that might beat them might be a FIRBESTICK from the same company - a new half-carbon, half-fibreglass stick they have just brought out. I haven't tried them yet, but allegedly they are the same consistency and durability as the Carbosticks, but are lighter. Will get some in and try them soon :) Of course I will make a review post for you to link in here Kev :)

kev
10-14-2005, 06:11 PM
Then Ill put it into the top of this thread :D

Neko
10-14-2005, 06:12 PM
Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5A's are by far the best sticks I've used. They are a bit longer than the standard 5a's, and I find they are evenly balanced for me. They typically last about a month for me.

nicka912
10-14-2005, 09:40 PM
Might I suggest adding Zildjian Drumsticks to the list??? Zildjian makes a pretty high quality drumstick.

kev
10-15-2005, 04:14 AM
Zildjian are in.

KJSM
10-15-2005, 12:19 PM
any experiences of the stewart copeland model?
can you describe your playing style and grip if you have experience of it id love that

kev
10-15-2005, 05:20 PM
any experiences of the stewart copeland model?
can you describe your playing style and grip if you have experience of it id love that
Hmm ... explain more.
If theres anything you wanna put in too, you can PM me too :)

Compulsivedrummer
10-15-2005, 09:40 PM
Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5A's are by far the best sticks I've used. They are a bit longer than the standard 5a's, and I find they are evenly balanced for me. They typically last about a month for me.

ahh yes... precisely what i use. except i like nylon tips because the wood ones alway chip off and make my ride sound like crap.

Compulsivedrummer
10-15-2005, 09:42 PM
Might I suggest adding Zildjian Drumsticks to the list??? Zildjian makes a pretty high quality drumstick.

i used to use zildjian, but i had VERY bad experiences with them, they broke in like a week each time, then i changed to vic.

weezer_army
10-16-2005, 07:20 AM
^^^^^^^^^SAME HERE!^^^^^^^^

i bought some (like 3 pairs cuz they were on sale) and the friggin tip flew off in the middle of play!,so i grabbed another one ....!same thing!...then the last one same thing!!!! and now am rockin out vick!

kev
10-17-2005, 06:16 AM
Strange that, I got some to try them out and theyve lasted me weeks ... i thinkover a month now, and no signs of breaking.

weezer_army
10-17-2005, 11:18 AM
zildjians!?!?!?!?!?!?

kev
10-17-2005, 01:27 PM
Yeah. I dunno why! Ive heard so many stories of breakages, but these arent breaking.

weezer_army
10-18-2005, 05:25 PM
wow! good for you! hahaha if it works for you thats cool!

kev
10-19-2005, 03:31 AM
Yeah .... but i still like promark :) I can get them to last 3 months doing the right things, which I like....!

Living Deadbeat
10-19-2005, 07:40 AM
Nice post Kev :cool: I need to get some brushes.

kev
10-19-2005, 11:38 AM
Same. I got really cheap ones once, but they sucked ... and they broke ... :(





:D

bumhead
10-19-2005, 03:04 PM
i use Vic Firth X5A 'extremes'.am i ****?

kev
10-19-2005, 04:37 PM
Are you ****? I got the NP sigs ... my god, I LOVE them!

joey_jordison1
10-22-2005, 08:43 PM
The sticks I have (or had :() In Chronological order
Ludwig 2B sicks, my first pair
Demise was something like this
" Do you think I could break these on your snare?"
"I don't know, try." How ignorant I was then.

Vic Firth 5B, my first still alive pair
I traded them later on for some Zildjians
Once again being dumb, but these sricks are really working out pretty good.

Vic Firth 5BN, not much of a change from the last pair, just cooler with white tips
Demise: Lost one, broke the other one.

Vic Firth 7A, my first pair of small sticks,
I was instantly addicted to the awesomeness of small sicks, and I still use them 2 years later.

Zildjian 5AN, my main sticks for school
Acquired from trading Vic Firth 5B
Now wrapped in Ahead griptape, and it really does work.

Joey Jordison Ahead, my coolest sticks
these are the sticks I use for drumset, but I dont want to take them to school cause they cost $30, or about 23 euro I think.

Tomorow I plan on buying some Morgan Rose Alien Freaks and hopefully some Lars Ulrich Ahead sticks.

kev
10-25-2005, 01:08 AM
The sticks I have (or had :() In Chronological order
Ludwig 2B sicks, my first pair
Demise was something like this
" Do you think I could break these on your snare?"
"I don't know, try." How ignorant I was then.

Vic Firth 5B, my first still alive pair
I traded them later on for some Zildjians
Once again being dumb, but these sricks are really working out pretty good.

Vic Firth 5BN, not much of a change from the last pair, just cooler with white tips
Demise: Lost one, broke the other one.

Vic Firth 7A, my first pair of small sticks,
I was instantly addicted to the awesomeness of small sicks, and I still use them 2 years later.

Zildjian 5AN, my main sticks for school
Acquired from trading Vic Firth 5B
Now wrapped in Ahead griptape, and it really does work.

Joey Jordison Ahead, my coolest sticks
these are the sticks I use for drumset, but I dont want to take them to school cause they cost $30, or about 23 euro I think.

Tomorow I plan on buying some Morgan Rose Alien Freaks and hopefully some Lars Ulrich Ahead sticks.
My god, you love your sticks! I couldnt even keep track of mine. Although the sticks that came with the kit when i first got it (unbranded, really) the ips flew on, and theyre bad sticks, so you cant exactly put the tips back on! I tried Vic Firths but they kept breaking ... I also tried Promarks and theyre really good, I use them now, generally I'll get the 5A's but this time around I got the Neil Peart Sigs, and i luurvve them. Ive also used the JJ Ahead sgis and theyre quite nice too!

weezer_army
10-25-2005, 12:02 PM
yeah its either pro mark or vf forme;)

champdave
10-25-2005, 02:25 PM
Hmm, don't know about the complaints against Zildjian. I've heard nothing but bad things about the Dip's, but I've used the same pair of 5A's for over 6 months now, gigging about every other week and practising pretty much daily. Comfy, nice weight and no cracks or anything :D

rsdrummer
10-26-2005, 08:56 AM
for practice i just used the cheap GC brand. they get me by for practice alone.

for gigging i use vic firth 5B american hickory. they fit my hand perfectly,the weight is just right for my style & i love the grip. i've tried them all: pro marks just shred before breaking & fling little pieces of splintered wood up in my face. vaters: weren't bad but they didn't last as long as vics. i've played vic firth for about 10 years & they've served me well.

it took me awhile to decide whether i like the wood tips or plastic tips more. the plastic tips will go flying off if you hit the bell just right. and the wood usually will chip leaving half a tip & making the ride sound like mush. but i guess with wood tips breaking,i still have half of a tip left as opposed to a thin end of a stick where a plastic tip used to be.

weezer_army
10-27-2005, 11:03 AM
i rock the plastic, ive only had them fly off once and only with zildjians:(

SMX_Dizzy
10-29-2005, 08:50 AM
I play w/ Zildjian 6a's right now, and I love em. But since I've been doing marching band for 3 months, my hands have grown accustomed to much thicker sticks. I play my set w/ my friend's Travis Barker sigs, and they were great...I just HATE how they're painted white! What is the closest resembling stick to that, that is a natural wood? Thanks a lot!

livingstone
10-30-2005, 02:25 PM
How about a section on mallets?

kev
10-31-2005, 01:13 AM
How about a section on mallets?
Okay, mallets section started, I'm going to extend it soon!

livingstone
10-31-2005, 11:17 AM
Awesome, thanks.

kev
01-10-2006, 09:49 AM
Well, the first Zildjian broke! :p The NPs broke, and I'm back to the nice 5A's :) Ive lost the tip for one JJ sig ahead, so its useless, so the replacement sticks in my homemade stickbag is a zildjian and an ahead! :D

VRock
02-16-2006, 10:51 AM
Carbonsticks kills your cymbals

Scarumunga
02-19-2006, 12:34 AM
Hey Kev please add Trueline Drumsticks to your External links, they are awsome everyone should try them

kev
02-19-2006, 04:00 AM
Hey Kev please add Trueline Drumsticks to your External links, they are awsome everyone should try them
Done now :)

raymond90
02-20-2006, 02:21 AM
I use ProMark Mike Portnoy sigs. They are great. Some solid sticks, with nylon tip. They are friendly for the cymbals too.

Doublekicker74
02-20-2006, 06:16 AM
I use Vic Firth American Classic Metal in Wood and Nylon tips. I also would like to try ProMark 2S Oaks. Tommy Aldridge uses those. Like to find out what they're like. :)

kev
02-21-2006, 12:54 PM
I use ProMark Mike Portnoy sigs. They are great. Some solid sticks, with nylon tip. They are friendly for the cymbals too.
Yeah, i actually wanna try them out.

Rio_mang
04-13-2007, 01:32 AM
Hey do some drum sticks leave marks? All? Do you need technique?

drumdan
04-16-2007, 04:12 PM
Regal Tip is what I've used since 1992!

5b wood - covers most situations
Groovers
5a wood
b5x nylon
Quantam 3000 nylon

I have dry hands, and the lacquer helps me grip the sticks.

Divine Sentiment
04-16-2007, 10:41 PM
Regal Tip is what I've used since 1992!

5b wood - covers most situations
Groovers
5a wood
b5x nylon
Quantam 3000 nylon

I have dry hands, and the lacquer helps me grip the sticks.

I have the 9000's nylon, they destroy each stick in existence, I can't even use them with the fear I might crack all my cymbals and heads.

Dub-bass7
04-18-2007, 06:23 PM
I use vater nudes 5b wood tips. But recently ive been breaking them like crazy. They chip alot. So i've moved back to pro mark 5b wood tips. Love em

Against
04-20-2007, 06:30 PM
I use a lot of different stick sizes. I use Steve Gadd signatures, the odd time Lars Ulrich signatures, but my prefferd type of stick would be Vater 5A, great size, nice power, I like them a lot. Although I was trying some Travis Barker sticks and I reallly like them,I find that I have trumendos speed with them.

kev
04-21-2007, 06:13 PM
I've been on 5B's for a long time. I tried 5A's for the first time in nearly a year recently, and I really love the feel of them! :)

Obviously I'll get use to that and go back to 5B in a few years :)

corsair
04-22-2007, 05:12 AM
I use Vater 5B's. I also use Tama's Japanese Oak with nylon tip and carbonstick regular size

1337Drummer
04-25-2007, 06:02 AM
What companies make good size 3S Nylon-Tip drumsticks? I like really big, beefy, durable wooden sticks. I might get some aluminum ones too.

Rio_mang
04-30-2007, 04:47 PM
Woot 5B!

Strat-Master
05-09-2007, 12:51 AM
Have been using vic firth 5A's for along time and love them. I tried out a X5A to see if i could use a thicker stick. I can but im alot faster with the 5A and dont really think i need a heavier stick, so i plan on for now sticking to my tried and true 5A!

Composer of Requiems
05-09-2007, 01:50 AM
Hey just wondering, doesn't any one here use Tama sticks? I don't seem to see anyone mentioning them... I like their "S" series, the Tama 214S and 215S models in Japanese Oak. It's got a very unique tip shape that I like, seems to produce a very focused and clean sound with cymbals. Haven't come across any other brand that makes anything like them...

ShaneL
05-10-2007, 05:24 AM
Has anybody ever tried Vic Firth 85A. There similar to 5As but they are slightly thinner, between a 7A and a 5A. They are great for speed and also intricate stuff, and don't snap as easy as 7As

Rio_mang
05-15-2007, 10:39 PM
Are the Zildjian Anti-Vibe any good?

Strat-Master
05-16-2007, 09:19 PM
From what ive read they work only they tend to break very easily.

Rio_mang
05-19-2007, 10:47 PM
I heard they're good for practice pads etc.

jess7
06-15-2007, 10:23 AM
i started whith performance percussion 7a wood wich sucked then 7a nylon vic firths whith insulating tape as grip which lasted me 2 yrs (but i did'nt have a kit so i could only use them once a week in my lesson at scool) and now ive got zildjian 5a anti vibes wich ive used regulaly for a few months wich are better than the vic firths in my opinion and ive also tried vater nylon 7a manhattan which are ok and vater chad smith funkblasters which are great1 :D :D

Rio_mang
06-17-2007, 07:02 PM
How they feel?

jess7
06-18-2007, 01:05 PM
wot sticks?

Rio_mang
06-23-2007, 12:28 PM
Zildjian anti-vbes

jess7
06-23-2007, 12:40 PM
theyre great i recommend them and im dropping my sticks a lot less cos there not loosening my grip by vibrating.

jess7
06-23-2007, 01:55 PM
also i snapped some other sticks after just one band practice but ive done hundreds of practicies whith the same pair of anti-vibes in our pretty sound proof school practise room and the double/maybe triple glazed windows shut, when the technician(also a drummer) came from the other side of the music block to tell us off 4 being too loud. thats how hard ive been playing. anyway theyve lasted that so i dont know what else to say. good stix!

Rio_mang
06-23-2007, 09:08 PM
Hmm I'll try em out.

thismercifulfate
06-24-2007, 11:58 AM
Has anybody ever tried Vic Firth 85A. There similar to 5As but they are slightly thinner, between a 7A and a 5A. They are great for speed and also intricate stuff, and don't snap as easy as 7As
I love 85A's.. they're just about the perfect size IMO. 7A's always feel too skinny for me, and sometimes 5A's are just a little too beefy. Too bad VF doesn't make Maple 85A's or I'd be all over them. I also like the VF Dave Weckl Original Signature sticks, they're just a tiny bit thicker than 85A's but feel much lighter and have good reach. I also bought a pair of the Dave Weckl Evolutions for more of a 5A feel.

jess7
06-24-2007, 02:07 PM
what does IMO actually mean? doe's it mean like EMO?

philthy
06-25-2007, 09:22 AM
in my opinion.

jess7
06-25-2007, 09:32 AM
wot?

philthy
06-25-2007, 09:50 AM
I just answered your question

IMO = In My Opinion

pikpoket
06-25-2007, 11:02 AM
Thanks for the informative, yet too often overlooked info!

jess7
06-25-2007, 12:09 PM
o i get it, soz you probably think im really dumb!

Rio_mang
06-30-2007, 09:04 PM
Vic Firths are nice...

jess7
07-02-2007, 09:14 AM
Vic Firths are nice...


thats a bit random

Rio_mang
07-02-2007, 05:14 PM
Yeah...
whats the best all around stick?

jess7
07-03-2007, 09:48 AM
wot, out of my collection?

Slaptastica
07-05-2007, 11:35 AM
Yeah...
whats the best all around stick?
it depends on the drummer

jess7
07-05-2007, 01:54 PM
i would say my 5a anti-vibes.

jess7
07-05-2007, 02:09 PM
dont you think there should be a poll for best all round stick. any candidates?

Rio_mang
07-07-2007, 10:23 AM
it depends on the drummer

Alright.. something:

Wood Tip
5B :cool:
Vic Firth...

That is all.

Rio_mang
07-07-2007, 10:24 AM
dont you think there should be a poll for best all round stick. any candidates?

I believe there were some threads that been made, something about the best companies.

Rimshot 1111
07-08-2007, 08:59 AM
Ive been using the Vic Firth American Heritage (Hard Maple) sticks. Either the 5A or 5B model with wood tip. The 5B works well for me. This stick has great balance a lighter feel with more rebound and flex. Not a stick for you heavy hitters. I would stick (pardon the pun) with anything hickory for heavy hitters. Ive played many different sticks and these are great. check em out. A bit harder to find but worth it.

Regards,

Rimshot 1111

jess7
07-12-2007, 12:37 PM
bump!

Rio_mang
07-15-2007, 09:21 AM
Alright thanks.

Rio_mang
07-18-2007, 11:00 AM
Best Zildjian stick?

Mastodon91
07-21-2007, 11:17 PM
I just played some amazing sticks today - the Vic Firth Stanton Moore signature sticks. They're a bit smaller than a 5A, but they're much longer. Great feeling sticks, my teacher uses them and I think I'll have to start.

1337Drummer
07-24-2007, 07:48 PM
I prefer to use 3S sticks, ones with large diameters, and a long length they fit in my hands well, and I can use my wrists more so I don't have to move my arms as much. I do use other sizes as well, I have just ordered some Ahead Joey Jordinson Models.

Rio_mang
07-24-2007, 08:33 PM
Say why is it called 5B, 5A etc etc in the first place?

pearlnl
07-25-2007, 06:13 AM
Say why is it called 5B, 5A etc etc in the first place?
Musician's Friend Tech-tip of the Week

TECH TIP
Choosing Drumsticks
By Dan Gray

Finding drumsticks that fit your playing style is an often overlooked process, as most players understandably put their focus on finding a drum set and cymbal configuration that allow the full expression of their musical personality. But finding the right pair of sticks is no trivial matter; this is where the rubber meets the road (or the stick meets the drum). Playing with a well-balanced set of sticks that feel right will definitely help in your comfort level and in bringing out the best sound of your kit and cymbals.

Traditional Drumstick Numbering
The traditional method of numbering drumsticks, using numbers such as 3S, 2B, 5B, 5A, and 7A, comes from the earliest days of drumstick manufacturing, when a number and letter were assigned based on the stick's size and application. The exact specs of each model tend to vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, especially in the taper and tip (more on this later). This method for specifying basic sizes and shapes became standard in the industry.

Numbers and Letters
The numerical part signifies the circumference of the stick. In general, the lower the number the larger the circumference, and the greater the number the smaller the circumference. For example, a 7A stick is smaller in circumference than a 5A which in turn is narrower than the 2B. An exception is the 3S, which has a larger circumference than a 2B despite the number.

The letter suffixes "S," "B," and "A" originally indicated the recommended application.

"S" model sticks were designed for "street" applications such as drum corps and marching band. These large sticks were designed for the louder volume and projection needed for these uses.

"B" model sticks were intended for "band" applications such as brass bands and symphonic bands. With a smaller circumference than the "S" models, they were easier to control and thus especially popular with beginning drummers. 2Bs continue to be recommended by drum teachers everywhere as perfect starter sticks.

"A" stands for Orchestra. "A" model sticks were designed for big band or dance type orchestras. They're smaller in circumference than "B" series sticks and lend themselves well for softer type playing. These sticks continue to be very popular with many jazz and rock players.

If "S" stands for Street and "B" stands for Band, why does "A" stand for Orchestra, you might ask. This anomaly has been credited to Ludwig Drum Company founder William F. Ludwig, Sr., who reportedly chose the "A" designation because it printed better and he simply preferred the letter A to O. The designation has continued to be used to this day.

Rio_mang
07-28-2007, 11:13 AM
Oh sweet.. thanks man.

Strat-Master
07-29-2007, 09:05 PM
i use vic frith 5a's on my kit but use a 2b which i recently picked up for the practice pad. Im actually considering completely swithcng over the 2b's since they are feeling rather good.

Rio_mang
09-09-2007, 07:08 PM
Guys any thoughts on some good Vaters?

Rio_mang
09-21-2007, 11:16 PM
Edit:

Has anyone tried those Buddy Rich Signature Series Sticks?

halfshovel
01-10-2008, 11:44 PM
Buddy Rich sticks? Hmmm, that might be cool, just because he's my hero on drums.

Over the years I've grown to like the feel of 5A sized sticks, and I like the unfinished ones better, but in all honesty, I could really care less. I've got this big ol' gig bag of 5As (with some 747s mixed in - they're like slightly longer 5As), and I just grab 2 and play. I just don't personally care all that much about brand. Sometimes I'll be playing with a 5A and a 747 and won't really notice. Boy, I must be one crappy drummer.... :rolleyes:

The Zildjian's I've used seem to lose their tips (if I use nylon) a lot. I had good luck with Pro Mark sticks, and Vic Firths.

C.S.F Drummer
01-29-2008, 03:46 PM
great post

4eyeddrummah
02-04-2008, 11:53 PM
I was wondering when I'd come across a drum stick post..good job. I for the most part use Vic Firths, currently 5B. However I have used so manyi cant keep track. My first ones were Zildjians, plain and dipped in black stuff too, they were nice. Ive tried ProMarks, which feel nice, but are slightly more expensive, and I find they can wear out a bit. Vaters I like very much, even in sale packages, they lasted me forever, longer than most of my sticks. I tried the Zildjian package again, and they broke and didnt last long. I bought some Pro Mark 7A Japanese Oaks, but I've discovered I can no longer play very small sticks, due to my gained wrist and hand strength from lessons, though I used to love small sticks. I've tried Aheads in school, but I didn't like the metallic feel, and the length,though they probably last a while, and were very durable. This is kind of a chart of my experience

Vic Firth- most consistent and straightforward, longevity
Pro Mark- fanciest, a good treat now and then
Vater- good allaround stick, longevity
Zildjian- cool features/looks, but occasionally poor longevity
Ahead-cool looks and a heavy hitting feel, but too long, and can feel awkward and also get pretty ripped up.

Aa far as brushes go, I've tried 4 kinds of Vic Firth, 2 jazz rake types, which one of each broke in both pairs, and most current, a pair of Steve Smith Tala Wand, which were cool till they broke, and A Rute 505 pair, which aren't bad, but then again I'm not much of a brush guy anyways.

Diofter
02-05-2008, 12:37 AM
I use promark 5A nylon tip with natural finish. they last me from 1 to 2 month a pair and I play 1,2-2 hours almost every day! It's just a matter of technique I guess and the fact I don't hit very hard aswell.

DW-DRUMS1954
02-07-2008, 01:41 PM
Vic Firth is what I use now and I really like them.For over 30 yrs I used Regal but not anymore.

Rio_mang
02-09-2008, 11:39 PM
Vic Firth is what I use now and I really like them.For over 30 yrs I used Regal but not anymore.

Nice..

Vic Firth Extreme 5A or something like that is my personal choice.

thedeadlyrhythm42
07-19-2009, 07:34 PM
my stick of choice since 2005 has been The Natural 747 Rock by Pro Mark. It's about the same diameter as a 5b but it's about 1/2 an inch longer and has a thicker shoulder than most sticks. This gives it a very long life and a great feel for the entirety of its life. I play at least 3-4 times a week for multiple hours and I go through about 6 or 7 pairs a year.

I tried 5a dip sticks (bought 2 pair) and they lasted approximately (from the time of purchase) 7 hours. I was completely dumbfounded. I had never broken a stick in my entire life until I bought those.

Thundafoot
08-23-2009, 11:53 AM
I was going to ask every one what kind of sticks do you prefer now I got my answer. I use Vic Firth SD9 Drivers . Which do you prefer. fat or skinny sticks ?

mapexdrummerkid
08-23-2009, 01:26 PM
pro-mark shri-kashi white oak sticks in 747 and with nylon tips.
I love 'em

fireintherain
11-11-2009, 10:31 AM
Vic Firth SD2 Boleros. They are beefy but super light. Maple and have a nice bead size for good cymbal definition.

Rock-On!!
11-11-2009, 02:41 PM
Vic Firth 7a

bloodnutt
11-11-2009, 04:55 PM
i have used so many sticks from vic firth to vater to zildjian and all the cheap crap brands BUT
i have recently found the prefect stick . PROMARK! oak stick 5a. bloody good. it was like harry potter finding his wand. one pair lasted me 3 months playing fast metal and drum n bass. i couldnt belive it. i dont thing ill ever buy another brand again. promark owns

readytofall
11-14-2009, 04:15 PM
Pro-Mark Shri-Kashi 5a
Pro-Mark 747 Rock

Clocksrun
12-14-2009, 06:17 AM
Is Vic Firth finally reducing the size of their logo on all of their sticks?

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vic-Firth-3Pair-American-Classic-Hickory-Drumsticks?sku=443988

Lost Crane
12-15-2009, 03:33 PM
Last Time I bought a pair of Vic's they broke within 40 minutes. Therefore, I refuse to buy another pair even if it was only that "one drumstick" that was flawed.

I have had my Ahead sticks for about 5 months, and have only spent $9 on replacement covers... So, I think I'll "stick" with them for along time (pun).

planetdrumz
08-16-2012, 05:08 PM
Ive only used Pro-Mark 5A & 5B's for over twenty years and love them! Ive tried every stick out there, and every now and then Ill pick up a different brand just to see, and I always go right back to Pro Mark. In my opinion they are the best.

Smradikovski
12-06-2012, 03:04 AM
I always had 5B's by Vic Firth, but lately I've been using Nicko McBrain signature sticks. They're really nice.

thedeadlyrhythm42
12-08-2012, 01:33 AM
my stick of choice since 2005 has been The Natural 747 Rock by Pro Mark. It's about the same diameter as a 5b but it's about 1/2 an inch longer and has a thicker shoulder than most sticks. This gives it a very long life and a great feel for the entirety of its life. I play at least 3-4 times a week for multiple hours and I go through about 6 or 7 pairs a year.

To update this post from just over 3 years ago, I now play Pro Mark Natural 5A's for most gigs. I play about 3 hours per night 3 nights per week plus two 1 hour gigs per week and usually one or two full day recording sessions per week.

Also, due to their recent sales at Guitar Center, I picked up like 10 pairs of those Vater 5A Specials. They're great sticks, but I prefer the Naturals. Anybody tried the Nude sticks from Vater? How are they?

billnolanjr
02-07-2013, 07:04 PM
promark 747w thats my stick of choice !

funkpunk
03-04-2013, 05:46 PM
The Erskine Ride Stick, you don't get better rebound than what you get with those.

livingstone
03-23-2013, 03:32 PM
I clicked through some of the links on the front page and some of them no longer exist. Any chance someone could update those links? There's a really good article on VicFirth.com about picking sticks. http://www.vicfirth.com/products/how-to-pick-your-sticks.php

I've been experimenting with sticks quite a bit lately. It's interesting how all the factors play into the way the stick feels. One thing I hadn't considered was the taper of the stick. A short taper gives a heavier feel, while a long taper gives a lighter, less powerful feel. I've also been really into maple sticks. I love the feel! Vic Firth has a nice comparison chart of all their sticks: http://www.vicfirth.com/products/stick-selection-guide.php

maradiddle
03-27-2013, 04:25 PM
I've used Vic Firth SD4 combo's for a really long time. A while ago I switched to Wincent 5A round tip's, and I really like them. I personally like their feel a lot better than the SD4's.

drumfreak98
03-28-2013, 06:36 AM
I haven“t found my perfect Stick yet.
I really liked the Cristoph Schneider Signature Stick but it“s way to light for me.
I mostly play 2Bs from Vic Firth, Pro-Mark or Vater but they“re all to thin for me :(

I prefer fat and heavy Sticks.

New007
03-28-2013, 08:09 AM
I play normally with VF 5BN's, but I wanna try the X5BNVG (long name!).

I also like the Matt Griener Signature Stick, but its more or less discontinued and hard to find. $15 on EvilBay :\

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Justice
05-14-2013, 03:38 PM
I used to play with Sd2 Bolero's. They broke way too fast, and made many small holes in the drum heads. But they fitted my hands really well! After I gave them up, I went over to 5A which were too thin and 5B. Since then, I've always played VF 5B, both normal, GRIP and Black. I prefer the black ones, actually! I also have a pair of JJ Speedmonster sticks that I love to play with.

sparerib78
05-17-2013, 09:59 PM
I have been alternating between these 5 types:

VF SD9s - kit practise with foam sound dampening pads. I like the girth and balance and weight.
VF Corpmasters - pad practise. Muscle builders!
VF Buddy Rich Sigs - all around playing. I like the reach, thickness, balance and tone I get from the drums. Thought I might break one last practice but they're still in decent shape.
Zildjian 2b - mostly practise. I like the balance, thickness, tone from drums and cymbals with this stick. Its a good rock stick.
VF 5b - great all around stick. Still a little light and short for me. The tone produced is not quite as warm and rich as the thicker and heavier sticks but they are great for situations where I need help laying back a bit (I can be heavy handed, but not a basher).

MitchLyons
05-17-2013, 10:01 PM
I play normally with VF 5BN's, but I wanna try the X5BNVG (long name!).

I also like the Matt Griener Signature Stick, but its more or less discontinued and hard to find. $15 on EvilBay :\

Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Pearl Drummer's Forum

The Matt Greiner stick is also known as the 3A, if I'm correct. Check em out, bud.

BassedGod
05-30-2013, 07:24 PM
The Matt Greiner stick is also known as the 3A, if I'm correct. Check em out, bud.

hey guys im bassedgod but u can call me based 4 short. cccccc: i dnt rly play drumz, but i do play bass, and i thot that u guys may need a bass becus drums and bass are the saem thing ccccccccc: mitch is my irl friend, and he plays gud drumbz, we hav a project 2gethr

i liek usng vic firth 5b drumbzsticz when i do play drumbz, tho they are lite and easly playable

Justice
06-03-2013, 07:59 AM
hey guys im bassedgod but u can call me based 4 short. cccccc: i dnt rly play drumz, but i do play bass, and i thot that u guys may need a bass becus drums and bass are the saem thing ccccccccc: mitch is my irl friend, and he plays gud drumbz, we hav a project 2gethr

i liek usng vic firth 5b drumbzsticz when i do play drumbz, tho they are lite and easly playable

Does anyone know what it says? :p

quicksticks
06-07-2013, 08:48 AM
Does anyone know what it says? :p

I was thinking the exact same thing. It's not English.

quicksticks
06-07-2013, 08:49 AM
hey guys im bassedgod but u can call me based 4 short. cccccc: i dnt rly play drumz, but i do play bass, and i thot that u guys may need a bass becus drums and bass are the saem thing ccccccccc: mitch is my irl friend, and he plays gud drumbz, we hav a project 2gethr

i liek usng vic firth 5b drumbzsticz when i do play drumbz, tho they are lite and easly playable

Try writing in English. This is not text central.

therocker
01-23-2015, 09:09 PM
I've been using pro-mark hickory for at least 15 years- because I chew the others up-I've read through here a lot and heard a lot of good things about Vater- I will probley try them next!

therocker
01-23-2015, 10:07 PM
Here's why I use the pro-mark 747, these are millennium 2, when I fist started buying them , they were 747 rock hickory- they break in the same spot every time it seems-I've never had one break down shaft of stick. You can chew & chew on the hi-hats, and crash all you want and not worry much it'll break- even when worn down! Unlike others I've used they don't get "rubbery" when worn thin. Check out those tips, stick destroyed & not a chip in em, like new! I admit even to me a NEW pair of these feel JANCKY , break em in! It will take about as long as it will to Break others. Maybe I won't try Vaters after all.

Hunk-a-hunk-a-burning-love
01-24-2015, 07:36 AM
Here's why I use the pro-mark 747, these are millennium 2, when I fist started buying them , they were 747 rock hickory- they break in the same spot every time it seems-I've never had one break down shaft of stick. You can chew & chew on the hi-hats, and crash all you want and not worry much it'll break- even when worn down! Unlike others I've used they don't get "rubbery" when worn thin. Check out those tips, stick destroyed & not a chip in em, like new! I admit even to me a NEW pair of these feel JANCKY , break em in! It will take about as long as it will to Break others. Maybe I won't try Vaters after all.


Splits from rimshots seem to be the source of the most breakages for me.