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Old 04-21-2009, 12:44 AM
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Default Using Multi-Rods as Main "Sticks"

I just started doing this after playing an acoustic gig with them, and I love em now for electric cover songs. I love how they feel and sound, and even though its the easy way out, I find I'm not bashing as much and my ears dont wind up ringing at the end of the night. I use the heavy Thunder Rods, so they still sound pretty clear on the cymbals, and I've gotten no complaints from the crowd or my band (although a couple people said they looked weird and asked me what they were). Has anyone else gotten addicted to using these?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:16 AM
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Default Re: Using Multi-Rods as Main "Sticks"

Can't say that they take the place of sticks but there is a different palette of sounds when using rods that I enjoy in the right situations.

I've used a few different models but like the Firth/Steve Smith Birch Tala Wands when looking for a rod bundle that feels and sounds closer to a stick.

I'm playing a mostly straight ahead jazz gig where we have to play very quiet. However we do "Puttin' on the Ritz" as a half time funk shuffle. I use the Talas and do my best half time 'Rosanna' licks. The Talas just seem to track well and are sensitive. Just don't count on them for longtime durability. None of the rods seems to have that anyway.

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Old 04-21-2009, 02:45 PM
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I use them when I need to play quietly on casual gigs and for train shuffles they are great.

But I stills love the sound and attack of a stick.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:35 PM
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I couldn't do it. I mean, I use them when I have to, or when I want that effect on certain songs, but they totally ruin the sound of your drums. It's kind of like a guitarist saying, "I'm going to use old strings and extra heavy picks," in that it just ruins the tonality of the instrument.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:05 AM
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Hey Mate i know what your saying... I have been using Vater - Acoustiks. Man they sound awesome. I seriously dont ever want to play with sticks, i just want to play with these. I have been using Rods instead of sticks for ages, firstly for volume, but i find i can open it up and get the volume i need for louder situations anyway!
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:41 PM
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I would miss the stick definition in the hi-hat and ride. I also would miss the attack on the heads. And playing side stick is imposable.


They are great for certain things but I could never use them full time.
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