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Old 06-05-2007, 05:46 AM
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What sort of drum brush do you prefer?

Steel, nylon, or esoteric?

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Old 06-05-2007, 05:55 AM
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I like the Vic Firth white plastic ones with steel whiskers, plastic ones, plastic-and-wood ones, Dreadlocks and rutes. Different kinds are good for different applications.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:17 AM
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i have not yet tried a brush been wanting to but just havenít got around to doing it yet any suggestions on a bush type
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:28 AM
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Yeah, I've been wanting to learn some brush playing, but I'm wondering what to get for like the basic starter brush. I already have a pair of Vic Firth Rock Rakes from one time when I needed to play all soft, but I've heard that if I want the traditional brush sound and if I want to start playing swish playing etc. I should go for something other than plastic bristles... opinions on this?
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:03 PM
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I like the Vic Firth Heritage brushes.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:16 PM
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Regal Tip Jeff Hamilton Signiature
I dont like the Heritage brushes just because they are too soft i think.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:18 PM
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I use what it's been said to be the best brushes brand; It's the Regal Tip 583R retractable steel brushes.



They are good and sound great.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:41 PM
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I say we boycott brushes too! J/K I like the Vic Firth Steve Gadd model. The ends of the wire are flared upward, so they don't get stuck on the head.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:16 PM
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I say we boycott brushes too! J/K I like the Vic Firth Steve Gadd model. The ends of the wire are flared upward, so they don't get stuck on the head.
hahaha yea! But, why do you like those brushes, they seem weird to deal with. How do they respond, I guess is what im asking.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:37 PM
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I use brushes by a company called Headhunter. They are a retractable steel brush with a wood grip so they feel more like a stick in my hand.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:51 AM
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I have only had 2 pair, still do. One is the Promark "light" brush which is rubber handled and lightweight. The other is the Vic Firth "jazz" brush which is quite heavy. That's probably the only thing I don't like about it, it's heavier wires and handle. I'm going to try a Vater retractable one next. Retractable is the way to go, keeps brushes around longer that's for sure.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:00 AM
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Silverfox 'Foxtails' (i think that is the name). Wood handle with clear nylon brushes. Give nice bright response on cymbals and a bit less response on the snare. Occasionally I use a mix of one foxtail and one generic steel brush for the snare.
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:35 AM
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I love the BJR jazz brush. I think they are great, and look cool too!
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Old 06-06-2007, 03:55 AM
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I've got a pair of the Regal Tip Jeff Hamilton Brushes and a pair of the Regal Tip Clayton Cameron Brushes. I gotta say that I like the Clayton Cameron Brushes better because they have a lighter gauge wire and seem to be easier to play. And because of the lighter gauge wire, they put out a deeper, smoother pitch when doin' them circles.
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:12 PM
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hahaha yea! But, why do you like those brushes, they seem weird to deal with. How do they respond, I guess is what im asking.
They take a little getting used to, like anything else. The stiffness of the wire is sort of middle-of-the-road--not super floppy like Ed Thigpens but not super stiff like Jeff Hamiltons. I guess the main thing is that you can't turn them around, or else the flare on the end of the wires is pointed down into the head instead of up off it. It can be a cool effect sound once in awhile, but no good for stirring the soup.

I like the sound they get out of the drums, though. There's a bit more of the wire in contact with the head, so the sound is nice and phat, but still articulate when need be.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:10 AM
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I use a brand called Wincent, which I dont know too much about, but I do know that their medium gauge brushes make the best brush sound Ive ever heard!!!
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Old 06-07-2007, 12:33 PM
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I have a pair of Ludwig brushes that I absolutely love. They have a red/pink handle and very flexible metal wires. They are very fast too because its a light brush.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:40 PM
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I really love the Vic Firh Jazz Brushes and the Heritage Brushes. I bought the Jazz ones, but that's because I couldn't find the Heritage Brushes.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:19 AM
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Vater Wire Tap brushes. Steel with wooden handles.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:07 AM
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I am using the Heritage model - they have the puprle rubber handle. I have been wanting to check out the Clayton Cameron model by Regal Tip. I love playing brushes and it is more fun when you have some idea of what you are doing!

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I love playing brushes and it is more fun when you have some idea of what you are doing!

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True, I just play brushes for fun, it is a completely different feel to a stick, and I love the expression you can get by either stroking the drum, or slapping the crap out of it.
I love the dynamics - they are so fun!!!
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Old 06-10-2007, 08:42 PM
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True, I just play brushes for fun, it is a completely different feel to a stick, and I love the expression you can get by either stroking the drum, or slapping the crap out of it.
I love the dynamics - they are so fun!!!
And playing the swing pattern - you can do it so many different ways.


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Old 06-10-2007, 09:48 PM
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My birthday is in a couple weeks and I was thinking of picking up a set of wire brushes. I have some nylon ones now, but they don't give me the crispness I want. I may try some of the Vic Firth ones. I would like to have some that retract.
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:48 AM
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I use the Regal Tip John "JR" Robinson model. It's just like the "Classic" brush, but the handel is an inch longer. I love it!
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:02 AM
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My birthday is in a couple weeks and I was thinking of picking up a set of wire brushes. I have some nylon ones now, but they don't give me the crispness I want. I may try some of the Vic Firth ones. I would like to have some that retract.
Pick up the Clayton Cameron DVD while you are at it; let me know how you like it!



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Pick up the Clayton Cameron DVD while you are at it; let me know how you like it
I know I like it!!! I got a bunch of stuff from it.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:18 AM
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Pick up the Clayton Cameron DVD while you are at it; let me know how you like it!
I briefly checked out his page and the DVD. It looks great. I added it to my Amazon wish-list. If I get enough birthday cash I'll pick up some new wire brushes and that DVD, otherwise I may just get the DVD and use my nylon brushes for now.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:50 AM
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These days, it is hard to excuse not having the knowledge.....too many educational DVDs and YouTube out there...

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