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Old 02-07-2014, 09:42 AM
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Default Suggestions on new sticks...

Hey all. I am a fairly big dude at 6' 3" and 370lbs. So I also come equipped with some pretty big hands. I started playing with 5B's I believe. Then I found out there were multiple choices! Now I have tried some and now cannot seem to get "the one". I was really liking the Travis Barker sticks, but then they became just a bit too heavy. Now I have been using the Dave Ghrol sticks. The weight is great and the width I guess you would say is pretty good, but I would like a stick that was just a smidgen longer. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Like I said the Dave Ghrol's are good around and decent for weight. I would like something a bit longer and possibly even a more rounded or accorn type tip on it. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

I did search around and read a bit in different threads first. I just did not find an answer to my issue.

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Hey man, either Vic Firth Classic metal or the Promark 2S might work. Thing is is that they're a touch thicker than the Grohls'. They've got oval wood tips and are a quarter inch longer too. These might work for ya and you don't have to pay the premium for the signature stuff.

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:13 AM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Hey thanks for the tip. I will check those out for sure.

Buckeye all the way! I will actually be attending The Ohio State University here in a little over a year myself. I am not that old, but I will probably be one of the oldest students there. lol
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:07 PM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Try the Vic Firth 2B Nova sticks. Heavier than the 5B, Nova are Vic Firth seconds. You can save $$$ and the sticks are very well made. You may see some grain issues etc, who cares your banging drums and cymbals.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:15 PM
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Fitz, at RichSticks makes custom sized sticks at very reasonable prices. Try these guys:

http://richsticks.com/
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:55 PM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

You can try Vic Firth 'extreme' sticks of various sizes. They come in standard gauges, but they're longer than a typical stick.

I try to stay away from signature sticks, because of the price and a lot of them aren't readily available at any given shop.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

i would check out the Gavin Harrison VF model: http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/harrison.php . incredible balance for a big / longer stick. i love this stick for warming up. GREAT for rock. only beef is the odd "club" tip. the coating is great & wish there were another thinner version for Jazz / Funk.

my issue is i can no longer play 16" drum sticks (so many VFs are this size). this is a problem when i play Jazz / Funk / etc. gigs. must be about 16.5 or 17" if balanced right (although i find the Alex Van Halen model unplayable).

one stick i just got is the JR Robinson from Regal Tip at 16.75: http://www.regaltip.com/products/dru...570--x-16-75--
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:23 PM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

I like the rock stick from vater. I buy then by set of 4 pairs at GC and they match the other vater promo they (4 pairs for the price of 3). I also like the vater 1A . Smaller and longer (17"). I have a hard time playing 16" too.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:49 AM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

I've tried these 3 from vater:

Virgil Donati signatures
Power house (also developed by virgil)
Can't remember the other ones, I think they might just be called Power 5b

All of them are long 5B's and they have some weight towards the tip, which is what I prefer in a stick.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:39 AM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Thanks everyone. I will write these down and check them out on Monday or so. We have a 4 star drum shop that has probably 200 different pairs of sticks. I am sure they will have these and I will try them out. Having some direction is nice rather than staring at 3000 pairs of sticks confused.

I will let you know what I end up with. Thanks again. sonnygrabber might be on to something. I looked up his suggestions and they sound perfect, but we shall see.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:28 PM
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I would suggest the VF Aaron Spears Signature or the Vater West Side sticks. They have the diameter you're looking for and the length. I play the Aaron Spears sticks myself. They have a nice overall balance and the tip is blended right into the taper so the stick has a unique feel to them.
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

the biggest and the baddest I have are the Abe Laboriel Jr. Length: 17"Diameter: .630" by Vic Firth
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:51 AM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Tried out a ton of sticks. Your suggestions were really good, but I think the Dave Grohl's are still where it's at for me. Most of them just had a weird weight or all the weight was in the front. I am not used to that. I may look again in future.

Thanks again for suggestions.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:32 PM
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Default Re: Suggestions on new sticks...

Might want to try the Regal Tip Brian Tichy model... it's exactly the same as the Grohl's but the acorn tip is a little rounder just as your looking for.
.600" x 16 3/4"

Regal's 3A is also a decent choice. .580 x 16 3/4" with a barrel tip, or
Vater's 1A. It's a hair thinner then the Tichy and Grohl models and 1/4" longer. .590" x 17"
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:33 AM
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Might want to try the Regal Tip Brian Tichy model... it's exactly the same as the Grohl's but the acorn tip is a little rounder just as your looking for.
.600" x 16 3/4"

Regal's 3A is also a decent choice. .580 x 16 3/4" with a barrel tip, or
Vater's 1A. It's a hair thinner then the Tichy and Grohl models and 1/4" longer. .590" x 17"
That Regal 3A sounds like it's right up my alley. I'll have to try that one. Have you tried their E-tip yet? I'm very curious what they sound like on a cymbal.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:19 PM
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That Regal 3A sounds like it's right up my alley. I'll have to try that one. Have you tried their E-tip yet? I'm very curious what they sound like on a cymbal.
Yes, the E-Series tip is cool. It sounds close to a wood tip, darker than nylon.
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