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Old 01-20-2006, 10:07 PM
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I second the Thomas Lang signatures. Just as advertised, they create a massive 'BOOM' on the toms and an ear-crunching CRACK on the snare!
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:23 PM
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Hey now, I love Ahead sticks. ..........., don't use them if you play rimshots. I only use them for my Metal and Punk drumming.
I have alot of metal in my background and it shows through in my playing.....No rimshots in metal???? What is wrong with that picture????

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for any kit drumming actually, i wouldnt recommend thick sticks.

with practice anyone can get a big sound out of their toms, its not about the size of the stick but the skill of the stroke (ever seen Hernandez live? huuuge sound, and his sticks are super thin)

so i recommend thinner sticks ... because they allow for quicker movement between different drums, allowing you to be more nimble moving around different pieces of the kit
I totaly agree with ya man. I use 727's. Its thin....but not toooo thin. I find a 7A a bit to thin though.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:51 PM
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thomas lang sticks, huh? i might just have to go get a few pairs of those.......

i used to use the vic firth " anton fig" rock crushers....those sticks were amazing....wish they still made those....i like thick sticks just because i can't just seem to get the feel i want from a thinner stick........

all a matter of preference, i guess................
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:30 PM
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Thanks for some interesting replies. I think I will go for the Thomas Lang sticks. Are they natrually white or are they finished in white?

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Old 01-26-2006, 06:45 AM
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Definatly go check out VATER Xtreme Design 5Bor VATER Chad Smiths Funk Blaster. Definatly the way to go for powerful drumming
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:48 AM
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NO NO NO..... use the AHEADS!!!! Super sticks.... perfect balance.... no slipping.... and strong.....

I have one of those old LP RocBlocks.... it sounds just like a rim shot!!! LOL
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:58 PM
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I have tried Alot of sticks. I used 5a's for the longest time...then tired out a few bigger sticks(5b's 2b's) and the Thinner sticks are the way to go!!!!The promark 727 White oaks are the best , strongest sticks i have used. I play eveyday for 2-3 hours and i just got a pair of 727's about 2 weeks ago. They havent even chiped in one spot...and alll other oak/hickory sticks chip after the first rim shot!!! Very Durable!!!!! plus they have a great feel and They are balanced. I also use 7a's for practice...... but i feel like i am playing with pecils when i bring em to the kit. Oh yeah....and AHEADS are Really horrible. The rim shots are not right. They will destroy your cymbals if you dont keep up with the sleeves..they feel weird when u play with em. They leave black plastic debre everywhere. And if you hit em just right....they snap off without Any effort. I can get 5 pairs of Promarks 727 oaks for the same price of the AHEADS... The promarks sound better, Feel better. They are just Better All around sticks. This is not an opinion ...It Is A Fact!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:18 PM
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Try the AHEAD Tico Torres Signature Sticks.I love them,but they're very heavy too.I think they're like 1As.
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:47 AM
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I play thrash metal, and I usually use pro mark 5A's, but I recently tried the A Head 5A's and they're amazing. They are balanced, they don't really require any adaptation, (they are balance and play the same as wood sticks), they are very durable, and they don't leave wood shavings everywhere, so they won't put any sort of hinderance on your drums' sound (since the shavings sometines get caught under the rims of the drums and require cleaning every so often). I just baught a pair ; you can't go wrong!
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:47 AM
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I like vader 5b although I did recently swich to the los angeles 5a and I'm still getting plenty of power and they are less taxing on my wrists. Don't use ahead they trash your cymbals and they do break.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:07 AM
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I have never broken a stick.. I have though, on multiple occasions, played a stick so long that the head was no longer there,.... it didn't break of, it just slowly chipped away till it looked like it was a dagger, lol.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:25 AM
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Its probabaly because you sweat on them. It happens to a lot of mine from the sweat soaking in
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:31 AM
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I wouldn't worry about breaking new sticks. Buy a brick of some nice hickory sticks (5A or 5B) and you'll be all set. When I first got my Tama set, I spent $6,000 customizing with 3 mounted toms, 3 floor toms, a snare, 2 bass drums, and 4 octobans, all remo heads on both sides(except the octobans), a tama drum rack, and 10 Sabian AA, AAX, and HHX cymbals, a mic for every drum, 1 mic for every 2 cymbals, and 4 amps, I went balliz-tic on my drums. I made sure I got what I paid for, and I have had so much fun.

I buy 1 brick of drums stick every month, for 3 months, then wait until most of the pairs are broken, then continue the cycle.

Wondering how a 16 year old paid for a $6,000 drum kit? Here's the answer. I have a job that pays $12.00 per hour. I saved up every month, and each month, I bought a new item. First I spent, about 2,000 on a kit with 1 bass, a 2 mounted toms, and two floor toms, and a snare and 4 cymbals on a drum rack. Then, i would buy either a new cymbal and stand, or a new drum each month. I make about $300 a week, so at the end of a month, I would have made about $1200, but about $600 to spend (the price one drum with a mount or a small cymbal pack and new cymbal stands). I took me almost two years, but I accomplished it. Also, eBay helps a lot.
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:34 PM
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Don't use ahead they trash your cymbals and they do break.
Are you serious?This rumour is soo old,and so wrong.Aheads do not break your cymbals faster than any wood stick,and this is fact.
Please don't buy any sticks,because all of them will break...someday ;-)
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:07 PM
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If you're looking for really BIG sticks, try the Vater 3S. I bought them once to get some power practicing doublestrokes on a pad.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:26 PM
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for powerfull drumming i use lars signature ahead sticks,ahead sticks are made of some type of cast metal with a rubber sleeve and screw off tip,best about it is you never throe the sticks away just the rubber sleeve and replace it and there are dif types of screw off tips to get diff sounds,they cost alot to begin with but i have mine now for 6 months and id say they will last for another 6
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:48 PM
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The Anton Fig signature model from Vic Firth is hefty and plenty loud! It is a bit longer then most and that is what I like about them the most. They are a tad on the heavy side though.

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Old 02-06-2006, 09:06 PM
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Are you serious?This rumour is soo old,and so wrong.Aheads do not break your cymbals faster than any wood stick,and this is fact.
Please don't buy any sticks,because all of them will break...someday ;-)
It is a fact that they do break more cymbals and I will tell you why. The edge of the cymbal sometimes cuts thru the plastic sleeves and the aluminum puts a little dent in your cymbal's edge and this is where a crack can easily start. I used to use the Tommy Lee signature aheads and I quit after breaking three Z customs and those are some tough cymbals.
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:30 PM
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That's why you should get a new sleeve after a few months.I don't know anybody who broke a cymbal with his Aheads,and I know many friends who're playing with them ;-)

They don't destroy heads,too.
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Old 02-07-2006, 02:27 AM
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Try the Vater Fusions. They have a very loud crack and are only a little thicker than 5a. I play nylon and you wont have ANY problem getting volume out of them.
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:08 AM
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Vic Firth Danny Carey Sigs. Amazing balance. Not only do they look sick, they will give you his godlike drumming ability...?
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:08 AM
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That's why you should get a new sleeve after a few months.I don't know anybody who broke a cymbal with his Aheads,and I know many friends who're playing with them ;-)

They don't destroy heads,too.
After a few months? Dude I throw away sticks before they break and I certainly changed my sleves weekly. And yes they can destroy heads too, when the nylon tip breaks off and you don't realize it in the middle of a song at a gig. Yeah it sucks when that happens.
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i love rimshots.
this is after one gig...its a vater 5a.
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:13 PM
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I did the same exact thing with my old sticks. XD
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I never hit that hard!!!! That stick is split like crazy. Looks like you hit pretty hard. lol
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:27 PM
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I'm like that. I have an old snare hoop around here thats dented from rimshots. If I can find it i'll post a pic. Its pretty funny.
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:34 PM
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That picture is suitable for framing.
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lol, i'm thinking of putting it on a cd cover book.
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:46 PM
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lol, i'm thinking of putting it on a cd cover book.
lol I could make a mural with all of the ones I've broken, granted they were all old and worn when I was using them.
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Old 02-25-2006, 06:56 PM
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Well, I have about six pairs of ahead sticks that I've broken, most of them not even from rimshots. I eventually stopped hitting so hard. hah

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Old 02-25-2006, 06:58 PM
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I break sticks all the time but (but not like this) yet again, I use the cheap ones that you buy in huge bundels for like 12 bucks a pack. I should probably invest in the aluminum rubber coated sticks that never break.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:18 PM
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Funny... I get the dents in about the same spot but my Vaters rarely split like that. They usually fray, as if the layers of the stick start to peel up. Not to mention I chew the tips off.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:22 PM
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actually this is quite a rare break for me and my vaters too. usually they fray or spilt along the grain. i think is was chopping it in exactly the same place by chance.

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Old 02-25-2006, 08:53 PM
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unfortunetly, i do hit very hard, i have so many sticks that have seriously cracked right in half, not like a big rip up and down the stick, it split right in half from a rim shot.
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Old 02-25-2006, 09:05 PM
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Here's what mine do -
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My sticks don't break like that until I throw them at a concrete wall! My sticks normally start wearing away near the tip, where the circled part is on the stick. Then they break.
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Mine usually break along the grain, but I've busted an almost new stick in half like that before doing a rimshot. It was a very hard rimshot.
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I've done that to Regal Tip marching sticks, so yeah!
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Old 02-26-2006, 02:48 AM
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Geez, what you guys do to a drumstick!!
I haven't broken one yet (the experimental eucalyptus sticks didn't count because that's totally inappropriate material for the use!) ... but the tips on all my sticks are going flat on one side. I don't hold my sticks very tight, so I'd assume they turn in my hands and aren't always hitting with the same spot, but I've got 4 pairs of sticks, all of them with a flat spot on the tip.
I got a beautifully chewed-up stick from one of Kenny Aronoff's shows ... I now have one of my own that almost matches it, but it took me months of playing to get there!
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yah, your sticks look like mine, and i have vaters too. i don't know why, but i keep all my

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