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Old 04-18-2012, 06:33 AM
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Default Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

Does anyone know where I can buy one of these practise pads from in Australia? They won't ship from the many US websites I've looked at, can't find them on ebay.com.au or in my local store.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:59 AM
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Default Re: Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

There's just so much that is not available here. I can't find the P4 or Quiet Tone practice pads anywhere either.

Try Just Drums. http://www.justdrumsonline.com/

Shane is a forum member and uses the Just Drums tag here on DW. Whilst I've not ordered anything from him before, he's certainly told me they will ship to Oz.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:19 AM
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Default Re: Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

Thanks for that - there's a stock pad on there, but no slim pad..do you know if there is much difference between the two?

I'll send him a pm about shipping, cheers.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:26 AM
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Default Re: Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

According to VF site:

Heavy Hitter Stock Pad
The Heavy Hitter Stockpad features a 3/16" thick gum rubber pad mounted to a 12" sturdy wooden base. This pad gives the player a more accurate feel of a snare drum or marching tenor/bass drum. It's the perfect size and weight to throw in a backpack for the drummer on the go.

Heavy Hitter Slim Pad
The Heavy Hitter Slimpad features a "slim" 1/8" gum rubber pad on a 12" sturdy wooden base. The extra thin 1/8" gum rubber pad gives the player a more accurate feel of a high tensioned marching snare. It's the perfect size and weight to throw in a backpack for the drummer on the go.

The thinner rubber layer will just make the pad feel a little harder I would have thought.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:41 AM
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Default Re: Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

Hey guys, I'm actually the inventor/designer of the heavy hitter pad series. Thanks for the interest!

The stockpad is a bit thicker than the slimpad and it's great for general use for everybody & anybody. The stockpad is thinner than most pads (the average is 1/4" thick) so you get better rebound and articulation (and rebound is what allows you to develop finger control). The slimpad is really designed for the marching snare guys.

With either pad the mylar laminate really adds a lot. You get great articulation for working out flam execution or ppp buzz roll stuff and the feel is fantastic.

thanks & feel free to pm me with any questions.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:31 PM
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Default Re: Looking for Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slim Pad in Australia

Okay, Bill. Kind of an off-the-wall question here, but... someone recently told me that the reason the Heavy Hitter pad is purple is because the designer of the pad liked the color. Now, that's typically the stuff of urban legend, but here I am, with a chance to ask the actual designer of the pad and find out if it's true. If you don't mind :)
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:09 AM
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Yes, that's exactly why! I thought about green to be unique, but then decided on purple. Now that's become somewhat of a brand with me. :)
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