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larryace 04-17-2013 08:22 PM

Fiberglass drumsticks
 
It occurred to me the other day that I don't recall hearing about any drumsticks made from fiberglass. Has anyone heard of any, or used any? I would think they would be pretty durable. They could make Kevlar sticks, one pair every ten years lol.

harryconway 04-17-2013 10:53 PM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I'm not quite sure what Duraline sticks were made out of, but they existed. At one time. There was another company (forget the name) that had a "composite" stick. Their motto/saying was "It even tastes like wood". I bought a few pairs off them, at NAMM. Never really liked them.

Terrence R 04-17-2013 10:57 PM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
When I was only a couple years into drumming, I constantly broke sticks due to heavy repeated rim shots. I found a pair of sticks by a company called Mainline that were a mixture of some wood and fibreglass ( they were pink in color ). They were by far the most durable sticks I ever played. I was breaking hickory sticks on a daily baises, but getting one year out of those mainline sticks was more than impressive. I went to the local drum store where I originally purchased them, only to find that they didn't carry them anymore. Actually, the salesman didn't know what I was talking about. He said that he had never seen any mainline sticks there before. I wish I had a pair right now. ( of those sticks, that is ).

mandrew 04-17-2013 11:55 PM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
Fiberglass is not new by any means. I bought a pair in the early 70's. Yes they were durable, but they tended to transmit a lot of vibration down the shaft of the stick, and this tended to fatigue your hands, like holding a buzzing wand. Not too bad of a sound on cymbals, but that particular make (can't remember it now) just seemd not stiff enough to lend to control.

GRUNTERSDAD 04-17-2013 11:59 PM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
why not make them out of the same material as the tips on Regal Tip sticks. A little flexible but very durable. The flex would be great on the hands.

Vegas Island 04-18-2013 12:19 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I know they're not fiberglass, but there are Ahead sticks.
http://www.bigbangdist.com/ahead.htm

bermuda 04-18-2013 12:56 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
Mainline was Kevlar strands down the length of the stick, through a metal tube, and "plastic" was poured into it, creating a rod when cured. The taper, butt and tip were then ground into it. Wonderful sticks IMO, I was sad to see them go in 2001 or so. They could do a lot of different looks with the sticks, some remarkably wood-like.

http://www.bermudaschwartz.com/images/mlspls1.jpg

Trick made a carbon fiber stick, I don't think it made it to market.

http://www.bermudaschwartz.com/images/trickstick.jpg

I do recall some actual fiberglass timbale sticks in the '70s, but not regular sticks. Will have to check my collection, I have almost every synthetic ever made. :)

Bermuda

bobdadruma 04-18-2013 01:30 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I tried several plastic sticks back in the good old days. I'm talking 70's and 80's. I also tried aluminum sticks with plastic tips. There were also sticks that were made from bowling ball material. I remember there being issues with all of these non wood sticks such as transmitted vibration, and also they were either to light or to heavy.

Its hickory or maple for me.
Vic Firth is my fav stick manufacturer. Although I do play other brands.

TColumbia37 05-24-2013 01:57 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vegas Island (Post 1130922)
I know they're not fiberglass, but there are Ahead sticks.
http://www.bigbangdist.com/ahead.htm

No.....

Just no.....

paistepower92 05-24-2013 03:28 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I once had a pair of Carbon Fiber drumstick by the name of Carbosticks (I think now they're called Blackwood sticks) they were really good, I thought. I gave them to a buddy of mine, who was just starting on the drums and it took him over a year to break the one pair. I might pick up a pair eventually.

IronCobraPTW 06-05-2013 06:42 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
these sound along the same lines as ahead sticks. Are they as bad for your drumset? I can only imagine using wood sticks

Drumolator 06-06-2013 12:04 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I have some black plastic sticks that I bought and used during the 80s. But I do not remember the brand name. I still have 'em. Peace and goodwill.

Deathmetalconga 06-06-2013 03:01 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD (Post 1130915)
why not make them out of the same material as the tips on Regal Tip sticks. A little flexible but very durable. The flex would be great on the hands.

That's nylon, which might be too flexible and soft. I think it would get chewed up on cymbals and rims.

Raelthomas 06-06-2013 07:53 AM

Re: Fiberglass drumsticks
 
I must warn!

I had a few pairs of Carbosticks, I used them for practicing because of the weight and durability (obviously) BUT! After about 9 months I had broken 4 cymbals that I had had for over 10 years and had no existing cracks etc... I am a fairly heavy hitter but I'd never broken anything except a thin K china (and I was playing in a metal band, heavy gigging, at the time) before I used these.


Quote:

Originally Posted by paistepower92 (Post 1143103)
I once had a pair of Carbon Fiber drumstick by the name of Carbosticks (I think now they're called Blackwood sticks) they were really good, I thought. I gave them to a buddy of mine, who was just starting on the drums and it took him over a year to break the one pair. I might pick up a pair eventually.



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