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Old 06-15-2008, 09:49 PM
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Anyone use maple sticks? Im thinking of trading my hickory VF 5A for the same size but in maple to lower the volume. Or do you prefer a smaller size over a lighter material?
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Old 06-15-2008, 09:58 PM
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Default Re: Maple sticks

Do a search there was a recent thread about maple sicks with lots of replies.

My personal favorite drumsticks for over 30 years. Use rock maple stick models made by various Canadian sticks companies. Light but with added girth and a nice tapered design combined with their light weight are the features I like in the ones I use. Perfection for me and the sound you get on a nice jazz ride with the maple sticks can't be beat.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:54 PM
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Default Re: Maple sticks

I have always like the size for a 5A with the lightness of a 7A and found that combination with a Vic Firth Sugar Maple 5A stick. So lovely feel and balance, highly recommend if that is for you.

What type of music do you play?
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:56 PM
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I have always like the size for a 5A with the lightness of a 7A and found that combination with a Vic Firth Sugar Maple 5A stick. So lovely feel and balance, highly recommend if that is for you.

What type of music do you play?
I play pop-rock but I prefer funk and latin.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:21 AM
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I like maple sticks, but for their sound, not to lower the volume. If that's your only reason, I'd have to tell you to learn to play softer.
They're not that much softer, and they dent quickly if you want to do lots of fast one-hand hihat or ride playing, or rimshots.
The other problem is that it takes slightly more effort to control lighter sticks. This has little bearing on most playing, but if you will be playing fast hihat or ride with one hand, ripping around the kit, or doing rolls with volume, you'll have to focus more to get the same thing out of a light stick than you would with a heavier.
I'd grab a pair to jam with on light funk days for a nice hihat tone, or when you're playing hornless latin for a good cross-stick and bell, but wouldn't pull them out for most rock days.
Never can hurt to try though, they might suit you.

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Old 06-23-2008, 02:32 AM
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Default Re: Maple sticks

Maple sticks are great, but they break a lot easier than hickory.
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:09 PM
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Never had a maple stick break on me............

I like Maple and it has made me appreciate Vater that much more because in my experience they offer many more maple sticks that others. Vic Firth has a couple SD4 Combo, SD2 Bolero. I haven't run across any maple Pro-Marks. And Vater does almost all of their sticks in hickory or sugar maple. Personally, I love the "cymbal stick" made by Vater, great woody sound on rides. Or, their Super Jazz model is nice, but I like the attach of the cymbal stick.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:25 PM
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I would trade in for maple if your doing a lot of Jazz playing. I found they work for playing roack or metal. The only maple pair I ever owned brok in about a week.
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