Re: VINNIE USING VIC FIRTH!
Vinnie played Vic Firth 5B's for years before he signed on with Zildjian sticks and designed his custom model, which wasn't much different than the VF 5B. I just looked into my crystal ball, and I see a Vic Firth Vinnie signature model coming, which will probably look a lot like the old Zildjian VC sig stick ('gasp', wait, can they do that??)
In his recent Modern Drummer interview, where he went into great detail about his reasons for switching gear, it certainly looked like VF 5B's were in his hands, although there was no mention in the article about what sticks he was using.
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