What sticks do you use?

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Post Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:43 am

What sticks do you think are the best? What company, what tip etc... ? :)
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Post Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:49 am

about 3 years ago I've found my perfect stick - Vater Steward Copeland Standart :)
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Post Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:04 am

Ive used a bunch of models- Vic Firth 5A, 5B, X5Bs, Vater Power 5A with nylon and wood tips. Now I've switched to Vaters New Orleans Jazz 16 inches in leght and .555 thick with a nylon tip. For more of a jazz-type setting (or when I need a woody sound on my cymbals) I use sticks made by a Polish manufacturer OSCA 4 Drums, Fusion model- similar to diameter to the Vater ones, but with a tiny wood tip and made out of a lighter wood.
The reason why I switched from a thick Power 5A/VF XB5N to a lighter stick is that:
- they feel great- especially those Vater ones. For me it's just laying back or playing very fast effortlesly
- I can have a bright nylon tip sound without putting much weight on cymbals (and with a lighter stick you have more dynamic range to play with a nylon tip)
- I have single ply on all my drums so I get a full sound with a light stick. If I had thicker heads, I'd probably have to use thicker sticks to compensate (playing harder to get the sound out of the drum is a waste of energy ;) ).
So for me- Vater New Orleans Jazz nylon and OSCA4 Drums Fusion :)
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Post Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:13 am

My sticks that i love and work for me the best is the Vater Stewart Copeland model. It has the perfect weight and feel and they last pretty good for me too!!
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Post Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:47 am

yup :) they're the best ;]
however, if there was one thing I could change in them I'd five them a slightly smaller tip - something like Vater Sweet Ride :)
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Post Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:55 am

Vater 5B for the rock drummer with a light touch. Zildjian 5B was my chosen brand for a while but i would constantly break them and i was recommended Vater that do last a bit longer. If your not to bothered about weight and you just want to hammer then 2B in most brands will last. If anyone is instrested in some very light and thin sticks for jazz preferably then i would recommend the Steve Gadd Zildjian signature, they look cool and are practically weightless.
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Post Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:25 am

I used Vater Fusions on our last tour, they held up really well.
Thinking about switching to Silverfox Rock Steadys, they feel really good too.
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Post Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:05 am

Fusions are really sweet - they have that great small round tip, but they're a little bit to thick for me so I only use them for warm-up :)
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:11 am

I love my training Vic Firth Dom Famularos, they're big and light at the same time. Try them out!
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:12 am

vater session
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:48 am

Vic Firth 5AN
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:17 am

Carter - quite standard, yet very good and reliable sticks. I don't like nylon, so I prefer 5As to 5ANs
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:15 am

I just tried some Regal Tip Chester Thompsons, to see what the 17" length felt like-

wow. These are some crappy sticks. The finished is horrible, there are big grain chips in it, feels really bad to grip. One stick isn't even round, it's got a flat side! Bad~
anybody ever gotten a flawed pair like that?

No more buying sticks online for me, I guess...

and from what I could tell, 17" felt very strange!
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:30 am

Bunnies prefer carrots to sticks BUT I use Vater 7As - great sticks
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Post Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:35 am

17"? now that is a LOOOONG stick :)
I use regular vic firth 5a
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