DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > Drum Gear > Heads and Sticks

Heads and Sticks Discuss Heads and Sticks

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-03-2007, 02:20 PM
MagnZ's Avatar
MagnZ MagnZ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oslo,Norway
Posts: 209
Default How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I been searching forever to find the best stick for my hands. When I am pleased with a stick I still have in mind that there might be a better stick out there . But there is always a new model out so how did you end with your chosen pair?
__________________
[font="Impact"] There is a difference between playing drums and hitting drums
My Kit
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-03-2007, 06:51 PM
rendezvous_drummer's Avatar
rendezvous_drummer rendezvous_drummer is offline
Pioneer Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Posts: 3,182
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

After 2 and a half years of playing intolerable sticks, I FINALLY stumbled upon the Stewart Copeland Signature sticks from Vater. Amazing sticks with a great feel and as durable as metal.
__________________
LET THE PEOPLE SING
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-03-2007, 07:47 PM
drummerchick435's Avatar
drummerchick435 drummerchick435 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
Posts: 972
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

It took me about 2 years. I played a standard 5A but I was messing around with sticks at my local drum shop and I was very pleased with Mike Portnoy Pro-Mark sticks so I bought a pair to try them out on a kit and they worked very well too.
__________________
I drum for Him.
Psalm 150

"Closed mindedness about music is the death of the musician." - me
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-03-2007, 08:00 PM
X22
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

If you haven't tried every stick on the market, how do you know what stick is your favorite?

Basically, you've found a stick you like better than the last stick.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-03-2007, 10:25 PM
MagnZ's Avatar
MagnZ MagnZ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oslo,Norway
Posts: 209
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Quote:
Originally Posted by X22 View Post
If you haven't tried every stick on the market, how do you know what stick is your favorite?

Basically, you've found a stick you like better than the last stick.
That's just it. You never know I guess, and few people have the time or the money to try every stick on the marked so do we ever stop searching?
__________________
[font="Impact"] There is a difference between playing drums and hitting drums
My Kit
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-04-2007, 11:33 PM
Drumms's Avatar
Drumms Drumms is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 222
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

About two years. After lots of cheap noname sticks and a very disappointing pair by Zildjian (Anti-vibes), I bought a Vic Firth American Sound (round tip) 5a pair. And never needed anything else ever since.
__________________
istanbulsabianstaggyamahapearlvicfirth
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-04-2007, 11:52 PM
Mediocrefunkybeat
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

4 1/2 years and counting.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-05-2007, 01:26 AM
osamasgoat5467 osamasgoat5467 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: California
Posts: 421
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Quote:
Originally Posted by X22 View Post
If you haven't tried every stick on the market, how do you know what stick is your favorite?

Basically, you've found a stick you like better than the last stick.
Yeah, I don't think I'll ever find the perfect stick, because there are so many models/companies out there. Recently I've been using the Danny Carey Sig's most of the time, but I still like my Ahead's.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-05-2007, 01:36 AM
ROCKET RON ROCKET RON is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 5
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I USED 5A FOR YEARS . THEN SOMEONE GAVE ME A VATER STEWART COPELAND MODEL. LOVED IT ,BUT WAS A HAIR TOO THIN. AFTER RESEARCHING SIZES : LENGTH vs WIDTH I CAME UP WITH THE VATER FUSION. PERFECT STICK FOR MY PLAYING STYLE.LENGTH AND WIDTH PLAY A BIG ROLE IN HOW THE STICK FEELS IN MY HAND AND ON THE DRUM
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-05-2007, 01:40 AM
Class A Drummer's Avatar
Class A Drummer Class A Drummer is offline
Pioneer Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Earth
Posts: 4,218
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

First year or two i just used a random pair of sticks that were light because i was small at age 7. I soon found the Pro Mark 747 Rock sticks with nylon tips. Absolutley amazing and versitle sticks, considering they are meant for rock.
__________________
"If they tell you no pain no gain... shoot them." -Jim Chapin
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-05-2007, 01:40 AM
drummerchick435's Avatar
drummerchick435 drummerchick435 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
Posts: 972
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

OUCH! MY EARS! STOP YELLING!
__________________
I drum for Him.
Psalm 150

"Closed mindedness about music is the death of the musician." - me
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-05-2007, 01:52 AM
ermghoti ermghoti is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 635
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

JUST DO LIKE I DO AND SKIP THE POSTS IN ALLCAPSS!!!11onelolz!!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-05-2007, 04:24 AM
d.c.drummer's Avatar
d.c.drummer d.c.drummer is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,568
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I still havnt found the right stick and ive been playing for awhile. Sometimes i get usewd to a stick and then i want more reach. I get more reach then i get more witdth.. i get more width and .. well you get the point. Plus i play so many different styles of music. I cant wait to get big so i can have my own custom sticks.
__________________
Take a look at my new stuff. http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25183
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-05-2007, 04:39 AM
sloppyn9ne sloppyn9ne is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 196
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

after 2 and a half years i found the vater fatback 3a's with nylon tips and they last a long time! way longer then vic virth. and im a pretty heavy hitter too. but for like a symphonic concert band like the sd1 generals from vic firth.
__________________
wearethepirates
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-05-2007, 06:33 PM
Wegadrummer's Avatar
Wegadrummer Wegadrummer is offline
Pioneer Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: North Norway
Posts: 1,260
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

4 years.. I used vic 5bs first, then switched to sd2bolero.. Now I use pro mark ian paices sign..
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-05-2007, 07:50 PM
ns3476 ns3476 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 192
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I used Regal Tip for 2 years and then wanted to try something different. I picked up a pair of Pro Mark 5B American hickory and haven't played on anything else since then except for the Neil Peart sticks that are Japan Oak from Pro Mark.
__________________
Ludwig, Paiste, Remo, Regal Tip
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-05-2007, 10:36 PM
Zildjian 242's Avatar
Zildjian 242 Zildjian 242 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 307
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I finally found my stick. VF HD9

Took me about 3 yrs to find
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-05-2007, 10:40 PM
T.Underhill's Avatar
T.Underhill T.Underhill is offline
Pioneer Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: MD
Posts: 1,452
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

A couple years at the most. I started to play Pro Mark 747s and at the time didn't know Peart had played them forever. Years later I found his sig stick made out of oak and never went back. I sometimes/rarely use thicker sticks and if I do I use 'Naturals'.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-06-2007, 08:11 AM
Skitch's Avatar
Skitch Skitch is offline
Pioneer Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Nashville
Posts: 2,737
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

For a long time, I never really had a favorite stick. Then when I got seriouss again, I tried several different brands and models. I found that the Promark 747, 808 and the like were heavier for my playing style as were the 3A models from Vic Firth and Zildjian (I'm remembering the process now). I also tried the 5A but found it too heavy. I was working with the Vic Firth 7As but felt I wanted a 16" stick as I wanted more reach and that is how I ended up with the Vic Firth 8D jazz as my favorite stick which is what I am using 16 years later.


Mike

http://www.mikemccraw.com
http://www.dominoretroplate.com


http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=drummermikemccraw
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-06-2007, 11:32 AM
haz_91's Avatar
haz_91 haz_91 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: north wales, united kingdom
Posts: 5
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

it didnt take as long as i thought it would take me took me about 4 months to find my best sticks, for just plain playing around the kit i use vic firth american hickory 5Bs but for gigs i use the ahead lars urlich signarure model sticks with some grip tape
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 03-06-2007, 05:08 PM
MagnZ's Avatar
MagnZ MagnZ is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oslo,Norway
Posts: 209
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Quote:
Originally Posted by d.c.drummer View Post
I still havnt found the right stick and ive been playing for awhile. Sometimes i get usewd to a stick and then i want more reach. I get more reach then i get more witdth.. i get more width and .. well you get the point. Plus i play so many different styles of music. I cant wait to get big so i can have my own custom sticks.
That is just what i am doing also.. I play with VF 5BX right now, but the tips don't produce the cymbal sound I want and they are a bit thick. So I want a different tip and a thinner stick. So I am thinking og Vater Fusion right now.
__________________
[font="Impact"] There is a difference between playing drums and hitting drums
My Kit
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 03-08-2007, 11:10 AM
ChristZero's Avatar
ChristZero ChristZero is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Germany
Posts: 13
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Canīt say that I have. At the moment I really enjoy the promark Benny Greb signature model. Nice balance, itīs based on a 5B. Feels powerful, but it is actually a very light stick.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 03-08-2007, 11:55 AM
bighaibigdrums's Avatar
bighaibigdrums bighaibigdrums is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 401
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

25 years and still looking.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 03-08-2007, 12:50 PM
k3ng's Avatar
k3ng k3ng is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 761
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I just found mine... after 9 years

Gadd signatures...
__________________
Percussion like never before.
http://www.inflash.com/list/x.php?en...1&link_id=8192
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 03-08-2007, 06:57 PM
fusssion
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Quote:
Originally Posted by rendezvous_drummer View Post
After 2 and a half years of playing intolerable sticks, I FINALLY stumbled upon the Stewart Copeland Signature sticks from Vater. Amazing sticks with a great feel and as durable as metal.
I've wanted to try them. I usually use Vater Fusion wood tips ...love those, but the last 2 pair I bought kind of disinegrated....but I'm going to chauk that up to the fact that I had my snare up too high and I was wacking the rim!!! DUH!!!! anyhow....

Stew's stick is like the fusion, but a tad smaller than the 5A...I may have my guy at GC order me a pair!!
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 03-08-2007, 07:33 PM
Mapex589's Avatar
Mapex589 Mapex589 is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 697
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I think this evolves with our playing over time. I have "found" my favorite stick many times. I guess right now I am very happy with my Pro Mark 5A's and 5B's. I keep many sticks around for different playing like 7A's, Gadd's, Weckl's and what not but I mainly use the PM's.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 03-08-2007, 08:55 PM
GarrettEvans's Avatar
GarrettEvans GarrettEvans is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 76
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Good question and some interesting answers...seems to be a Vator favor round here!

For me it came down to finish...my skin-oil type matches the finish of Regal Tips perfectly. And their Jazz stick and now the BG are the longest sticks available for the gauge.
__________________
Yamaha Stage Custom
Crescent Cymbals Stanton Moore Signature
Regal Tip
Evans
Pearl Demonator
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 03-10-2007, 03:27 AM
Red Hawk's Avatar
Red Hawk Red Hawk is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 255
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

i never really tried to find a "favorite" until i started playing jazz in high school, that's when i realized that the "$2 a pair" sticks out of the pail on the floor of the music store might not be the best sticks to have in the bag.

After that, it took me probably 3-4 years to convince myself that I shouldn't immediately overlook sticks with colored finishes, which led me to grabbing a set of weckl's signatures. I've been playing them for like 7 years now, but I think my next band might require something a little beefier near the tip... so i have to start all over again.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 03-12-2007, 01:10 AM
DWfan20005's Avatar
DWfan20005 DWfan20005 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Moncton,N.B,Canada
Posts: 159
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

I recently bought Vater Extreme Series sticks and I think they're perfrect.
__________________
Joey Jordison doesn't have to be mentioned in every drum thread, we know he's good.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 03-12-2007, 05:17 AM
furbeedog@gmail.com furbeedog@gmail.com is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New York City
Posts: 147
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

Vic Firth 5A/55A/AH5A

The 5A as my main stick, the 55A for heavier songs, and the AH5A for either fast or light songs.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 03-12-2007, 05:33 AM
Ozzy Biz's Avatar
Ozzy Biz Ozzy Biz is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Behind you...
Posts: 1,464
Default Re: How long tid it take to find your favorite stick?

6 years and counting....

I started on 5As. Went to 5Bs for durability. Back to 5As (vic firth). Changed to Vater 3A Fatback nylons, thought i'd found my stick, bought a brick of sticks. a year later changed to vater new orleans, seriously liking these..... then back to Vater 5A, better balance. now vater 5A nudes.

Also random pairs in between each major stint on a stick. Really happy with 5A nudes though.
__________________
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Vamanos! Vamanos!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 03:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com