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  1. Drumaholic

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    Default Faulty Pro-Mark Sticks

    As a loyal ProMark user of well over a decade, I must say that I have been very disappointed in their sticks as of late. I use the 5AN and 7AN models. Recently, they changed out the tips that they use on the sticks, and I have discovered that unlike the old ones, the new tips go dead (similar to what happens when a wood tip gets chipped, which is precisely why I began using nylon in the first place). Not only that, but I have begun to notice great inconsistencies in the pitch matching of each pair. Evans Specialist, can you shed some light on what's going on with ProMark? I don't want to switch to another brand, but I have to say that Vic Firth is looking better and better all the time.

  2. I'm Creeping Death

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    If you switch check out Vater. They take four months of hard hitting to break and they are very well built.
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  3. Registered User

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumLord316 View Post
    If you switch check out Vater. They take four months of hard hitting to break and they are very well built.
    Personally i'm a Vic Firth guy but i cannot deny that Vater Drumsticks are some of the most durable sticks i've used.
    Doing the best with what i've got.

  4. Away From The World

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    I have just gone back to Pro Mark, though I have experienced the inconsistencies before. I like VF and have not had a quality issue with them, and I use their 5AN. In fact in my experience VF are better quality. I have just found a nicer balance and feel for me with Pro Mark 5AB & 747, so we'll see how they hold up.

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  5. Less is more

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    i bought a pair of 747s recently. both broke clean in half after about 4-5 gigs......i have sticks that are years old. i do not ever break sticks. very disappointing. and strange.

  6. Drumaholic

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    Bongo,

    I've had the same breakage issues, and I am NOT a heavy-handed player. I broke one Friday night that only had about 2.5 hours of play time on it. I've used pairs of Vic's and I like the feel of them a lot. Unless ProMark does something to make it right, my next purchase will be a brick of Vic's.

  7. three-two

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    Are you talking about oak or hickory sticks?

    I use Pro Mark hickory 747s and I never have them break. They will split due to rim shots. Other than that they last just fine.
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  8. Registered User

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    I find Vater to be stronger than the VF & Promark I've broken... Promark did have an issue with a batch or two.
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  9. Drumaholic

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    I play the hickory models. I just seem to remember them being more durable than they are now. My main issue isn't with premature breakage, but more so with their new nylon tips that they are using

  10. Meus nomen est Nate.

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    They're made from wood. Wood comes from a tree. No two trees are alike. Inconsistency should come as no surprise when speaking about drumsticks of any brand.
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  11. Drumaholic

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    Again, it's not so much the breakage as it is the crappy new tips. I don't see what was wrong with the old ones.

  12. There really is a Kalamazoo!

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    Tell us more about pitch matching and how that effects the sound your drum or cymbal makes.

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