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Old 10-05-2009, 01:02 AM
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Right now, I'm using 5As and METAL from Vic Firth, they're great, but they don't last me a long time ( Practice 3-4 hours a day and performance once a week.) I get through a stick a day, but discovered AHEAD sticks. Wow, 5As, they get pretty battered, but realized over the course of, iunno a year, I could save over a hundred dollars :)

What's your favourite stick company? and favourite sticks?
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:28 AM
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What are you beating on that you are using or breaking a stick a day.?? Can you spell DYNAMICS? Is every beat a monster beat? You may want to check your technique.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:42 AM
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lol, a stick a day is kind of a problem.

i LOVE Solutions 5As. No joke. Those things are like 2 bucks for a pair of sticks, but they're light, I can actually feel the stick in my hand, and well-balanced.

I use either those, or Vater 5A Los Angeles. Good sticks, a little on the heavy side as far as 5As go, but I love em
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:50 AM
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I like the Vater wood tipped "rock" style stick. I also love Headbanger 5a & 7a sticks. There a budget stick, But they are balanced nicely the weight distribution is excellent and they sell for something like 4 prs for $11 they are easily worth that. I also Use the Vater "rock" style tip in nylon on occasion But I do prefer the wood tip.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:32 AM
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haha, sorry, a stick a week, :$
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:08 AM
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Heh I think there may be a thread on this already :P. But I will reply nonetheless.

My favorite sticks are the Pro Mark Japanese White Oak 5A's. I bought 2 pairs of these last Christmas and am still using the same two pairs. Just now are the tips starting go out on me. Very durable and I have never played drumset with a stick that felt better in my hands.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:02 AM
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+1 for Silverfox- them, or Promark.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:19 AM
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I too used to break Maple & Hickory sticks with alarming regularity (hard hitting metal drummer having to compete with guitarists running Mesa Boogie!!)

I now use Pro-Mark 2b Nylon tip in Oak. Much more durable, but the pay-off is weight. Doesn't bother me personally (6' 6", 300lbs).

Been using them for about 15 years now. Nothing else comes close.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:59 AM
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Vic Firth, I almost always use 5A or X5A (though X5A don't last me as long - I replace sticks when the tip is losing little splinters).
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:50 AM
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Right now, I'm using 5As and METAL from Vic Firth, they're great, but they don't last me a long time ( Practice 3-4 hours a day and performance once a week.) I get through a stick a day, but discovered AHEAD sticks. Wow, 5As, they get pretty battered, but realized over the course of, iunno a year, I could save over a hundred dollars :)

What's your favourite stick company? and favourite sticks?
I have had a problem like yours.
When in rock band rehearsals I will go through a stick a day. Practice can go 2 hours a day, sometimes much much longer depending on the gig.

I changed over to Ahead and now I will break one a month, maybe.

And I know people will jump all over this saying "bad technique" and blah blah blah...
But you know what, sometimes sticks just don't last. I have had wood sticks that have lasted me a month, and some have lasted me an hour.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:27 AM
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I have a few pairs of Truelines in 5B wood and 5B nylon as well as a pair of the 2Bs and the 2B Rebounds. All excellent sticks. I've had them for over two years with only a little chafing and tip wear only on the woodies.

The power grips have a great feel and nice weight and balance. The Rebounds are ridiculous but indestructable when you need to draw weapons for a beat-down session.

Check out the Truelines. They're really good sticks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:04 PM
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I don't know what the best stick company is but my favorite is definitely Vic Firth.
And my favorite size would be 5AN.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:59 PM
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I picked up a few pair of Truelines,5a nylon tip with the diamond
grip and these things are tough.I have been playing with the same
pair for a year and i practice several hours a day,rotating with Vater
Manhattans every day.Amazing sticks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:02 PM
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I picked up a few pair of Truelines,5a nylon tip with the diamond
grip and these things are tough.I have been playing with the same
pair for a year and i practice several hours a day,rotating with Vater
Manhattans every day.Amazing sticks.
I just found out yesterday the Trueline went out of business a few months ago. It's a real shame. They made great sticks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:32 PM
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I just found out yesterday the Trueline went out of business a few months ago. It's a real shame. They made great sticks.
That is too bad.The stick was so strong so replacement wasn't
really warranted.I have other sticks where the wood is flying every
where,but not these.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:03 AM
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I was using Vic Firth SD9 drivers. I would go thruogh three pairs in a three hour show. These sticks feel great but they are soft. They do not like the bell of the ride cymbal.
I do not have any technque issues. I switched to Vic Firth AC5Bs They are hickory and have been using them for two weeks and are barely dented or shredded. The SD9s were like balsa wood they are for jazz mainly but feel great. I will still use them for jazz or wedding gigs. But playing full on rock in roll they won't last long. I love the 5Bs.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:35 AM
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I use many brands. Regal tip, Liverpool Baqueta, Vic Firth, Vater etc etc.

Liverpool Baqueta. GREAT sticks. http://translate.google.com.au/trans...ueta%26hl%3Den
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:30 PM
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Balbex 5A hornbeam, Regal Tip hickory handle

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Old 11-11-2009, 12:08 AM
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Most majors make a good stick, but its ProMarks service ethic that keeps me going back to them time and time again.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:15 PM
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I've been super happy with the sticks I had made from customdrumstix.biz

They feel perfect in my hand every time I pick them up. No BS. They are effortless to play with.

Easy site to get around, good, friendly communication, quick service, do what it takes to get it right, and they care....and if they decide to stop making sticks I will drive to their shop and kick their a$$es.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:12 AM
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I used a lot of different types of sticks, but ever since I discovered Vater sticks years ago, I haven't looked elsewhere. I like the Fatback 3A for most of my work (rock mostly) as well as their "Rock" model.

I still have a few pairs of Vic Firth 5As kickin' around that I'll use once in a while. Classic stick.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:31 PM
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Regal tips 3B sticks. Instead of breaking they will kinda peel off slowly.
I used to play Zildjian Travais Barker's pro model because I liked the extra length and the marching-like round tip shape. The Regal tip are pretty much alike, without the stupid white paint going directly on your cymbals and the cheezy look.
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:49 PM
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I like Promark's signature Jake Hanna sticks. They're equivalent to a 7AN. They're coated and they're balanced very well. I also play with 7BW for more subtle sound, and also play with brushes.

I play jazz -- Swing, Smooth, Latin, and Dixieland. 7s by Promark are the best I've found yet. They're light (and fast), well balanced, and deliver a great sound without even hitting a drum.

It's about the wood and balance. Different woods or differing quality of wood deliver different sounds, especially on rims.

p.s. If you're breaking your sticks all the time, you're not getting the most out of your instrument. STOP BEATING THEM. Play your instrument! It's about finesse -- accents, grace notes, crescendos and diminuendos. It's not about being the strongest cave man!
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:45 AM
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I love the sticks from www.Customstix.com I have had endorsements with Pro-mark and Vater, but never found a stick that was consistent and expresive of my style. I use the black crosses personalized model.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:49 AM
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5A's from pro-mark. Hickory. Very light, lets me flow around the kit very easily, I wouldn't use any other stick.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:33 PM
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I prefer Vic Firth 55a's it gives you a 5b barrel width with 5a weight, love em.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:52 PM
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I try new sticks all the time but I always come back to...Vic Firth Jack DeJohnette Sig. model (SJD).
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:20 PM
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I have tried several different 5A, 5B and 2B. My favourite stick is NOVA by Vic Firth ~ 2B Hickory, wooden tips. The right one for my hands and fingers movement.

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Right now, I'm using 5As and METAL from Vic Firth, they're great, but they don't last me a long time ( Practice 3-4 hours a day and performance once a week.) I get through a stick a day, but discovered AHEAD sticks. Wow, 5As, they get pretty battered, but realized over the course of, iunno a year, I could save over a hundred dollars :)

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Promark 747n OAK........ i think promark are the best made stick

i do sometimes use the vic firth john dolyman sig sticks, but the quality is just not there.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:02 AM
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VF 5A Maple.

Great feel and balance. Really durable too.

Their durability surprised me - I had considered maple sticks to be more fragile than hickory, but I'm finding that the maple sticks are lasting way longer than hickory sticks I had been using.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:20 PM
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My favorite stick is VF 5XB, next comes 5XA, for lighter playing.

Pro-Mark is more durable, especially the oak models. However, I fell they are inordinately "front-heavy" and make my hands hurt real quickly, especially during fast, intense playing.

Regarding normal breakage - yes, we hard hitters are the black sheep of the drumming family. God forbid any of the more "educated" players out here would ever have to find themselves battling two 4x12 cabs from the back wall of a small club with no mics...
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:57 PM
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Regal Tip has always been very innovative. http://www.regaltip.com/rti_virtualdrummer_2.php
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