What sticks do you use?

It's time to discuss drum accessories.

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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:05 am

Personally in my 25 yrs of playing I have tried many differt brands and sizes and the one I have found to be the best for me is the Zildjan 5b purple dipped grip sticks! I get great action and response from these sticks and they never slip out of my hands when I sweat wich is perfect for me! If you have never tried them there worth a try they come in black dip as well! Good luck and Drum On!
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:55 am

I think I hit too hard. :roll: I keep snapping 5A's like twigs. But 5B's have been good to me lately. I even occasionally break Thomas Langs. And sticks here in Australia are like $25 AUD a pair, so it's like, whoops, there goes 12 bucks! oh well! :twisted:
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:15 pm

Promark 5A Japanese Oak Millenium edition with nylon tips! They last for ages!
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:26 pm

I have to kina agree.... Pro Mark Japanese White Oak 5A wood tip, ....... they have awsome attack, have good weight, and last quite a while.
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Post Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:50 am


Smitty's Power Fusion
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Post Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:26 am

VATER 1A all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:35 am

Sticks are sticks! I have been playing a generic 5-b stick for along time and I must say that I am impressed. 10 pairs of sticks for around $10. In the almost 20 years that i have been playing I have played Vic-firth and Pro-marks. They are great sticks but what makes a great stick? In my opinion it is quality, balance and durablity. I have found this in a generic stick. All in all...It's a piece of wood that you beat on a drum with. Other that that...it's an endorsement.
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Post Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:37 am

I play Promarks. Specifically the Neil Peart Signatures. I love them because they're oak and feel more solid, and they're thin so their a bit lighter. Hickory always feels like it's going to crack off on me any second. Nylon tips always tend to come off on me, and I don't like the sound of them anyways.

For brushes I really like the Regal Ed Thigpen brushes.

The thing I really love about Promark in general is their Millenium II finish. My grip really does improve when my hands warm up. They get a little tacky, but not too tacky to inhibit movement.
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Post Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:51 pm

Pro-mark Japanese Oak DC-2S (formerly known as Bobby Rock Signature series)
17 1/2"

Basically it is because I started with dc-3s and wanted longer sticks to balance better. I did switch to Pro-mark 808's with nylon tips for a few years due to me hurting my wrists for years prior because of wrong technique. Once the wrist pains subsided and I got the new 12 Peice kit, I needed the reach and wham out came the Bobby Rocks. Now I am sort of stuck. The feel is like an extesion of my arms now. Don't know if I could enjoy it without em.
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Post Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:48 am

I used the Hakims almost exclusively. However, I prefer the Peter Erskine Ride model for smaller acoustic gigs.
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Post Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:12 pm

Pro Mark 5A American Hickory Woodtip
Pro Mark Hot Rods
Vic Firth Wire Jazz Brushes
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Post Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:40 pm

Vic Firth Dave Weckl Signature for most gigs.
For small gigs I use Vildjian 7b dip with nylon tips
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:49 pm

For most of my gigs I use either the:

Vic Firth Dave Weckl Evolution
Vic Firth Steve Gadd Sig.

At a rock gig, if I get stuck on someone's really crappy kit that I have to beat the hell out of just to get a good tone, I go with Vic Firth 5B's.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:03 pm

I started using the Ahead "Joey Jordison series" drumsticks a while back and they feel and play amazing! take a little getting used to, but after that they are great. and they last a lot longer than my other sticks...i play hard.
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:16 pm

currently, (i'll probably most definetly change)

i'm using some vic firth 2Bs
the reason i use them is because i've been doing a lot of solo work and buy using thicker sticks i can attain a more projected and thick, slightly louder sound. they're not very good for jazz though.