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Old 04-27-2007, 05:25 AM
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No matter what stick I buy, the tip just gets chewed up like no other.

I have only split 2 sticks in the 2 years i have been playing but i dont know how many ive gotten rid of because the tip was deformed.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:49 AM
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No matter what stick I buy, the tip just gets chewed up like no other.

I have only split 2 sticks in the 2 years i have been playing but i dont know how many ive gotten rid of because the tip was deformed.
I've broken 3 sticks in the past 4years. I haven't broke a stick in over 2 years. I only get new sticks because a)the tips start to flatten, or B) usually what happens is the finish gets rubbed off from playing, to the point where they are just too slippery. I just guess i have bloody good luck.

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Old 04-29-2007, 05:29 AM
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I'll join the list of people who are tired of there sticks breaking.

Why not invest in some Ahead sticks. So far, I havent had any problems with them.
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:50 PM
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In 11 years of playing, I have only broken two (2) sticks. And I am not the softest of players. I mostly use VF 5A or X5A.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:10 PM
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I don´t break many sticks, but I chew them up (around one pair a gig) from playing rimshots. Then they start to splinter up.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:51 AM
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I would really go with the Ahead sticks. I have only broken one and it was only because of something stripping out that held on the cover
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:03 PM
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I've totaled three pairs of sticks so far on my new drumset since I got it, probably around two months back. Is that too often? I use vic firth 5B's, and I'm thinking I've trying Vater to see if they're more durable ... either their 5B or the Josh Freese signature

what do you think? Am I breaking (they don't actually break, they just fray and split to impossible-to-play degrees) these things too often and I should try tougher sticks? I know there was a thread a while back about vic firth losing quality and stuff ....

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Old 06-05-2007, 02:19 AM
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I had a pair of SD1's and they broke on the 8th day i got them and the only time I used them was on the practice pad..
really?? have same pair, VF SD1's, and they have lasted me two years. I really need to get new ones, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:50 AM
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Actually I have never really broken sticks up to this point since I change sticks so often. I used Vic Firth American classic Rock in wood-tip, and I didn't hit hard either as I was playing a soft rock song. But crashing on a Avedis Zildjian medium crash was enough to cut a deep grove in the stick's shaft, and I was seriously disappointed.

So I didn't wait for it to break. I bought myself a pair of Vater 5As (0.570"), in wood-tip, and the groves weren't as deep even though I was crashing harder. Some more its so much thinner than Vic Firth Rock (0.630"). Says much about durability.

If you ask me, Vater's consistency and durability is way better and you'll break sticks less often. But then if you use the wrong technique the sticks won't help much, being wood, after all. So...
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:53 PM
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I am sure I have read somewhere that Neil Peart breaks his sticks in his gigs because of an old drumming tradition, something to do with good luck!!
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:04 AM
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I swear by Vater Power 5AW's.

They never break, but sometimes they get chewed up so I get more. I like a fresh stick.

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Old 06-28-2007, 10:56 AM
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do your sticks get bent after some time of playing?? my sticks do.. first time I noticed it..
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Old 06-30-2007, 03:47 AM
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i have been playing my Vater Los Angeles 5A wood tips for about 6-7 months and they are brilliant! but they are getting a bit slippery now so i think it could be time for a new pair.
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:12 AM
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do your sticks get bent after some time of playing?? my sticks do.. first time I noticed it..
Hmm... Do you happen to be playing very fast in fairly wet conditions? I've seen trees bent because of that... but I've never bent a drumstick. :)


Currently I'm going back and forth between Vic Firth and Pro Mark 7As. They are both a little different. I'm still searching for the perfect 7A. I've had these for maybe a month. Pro Marks are still fine. One of my Vic Firth's has two little chips in the tip. I hate that. I don't really break sticks any more other than the very tips- I guess from my rides and bells?
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:11 PM
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Hmm... Do you happen to be playing very fast in fairly wet conditions? I've seen trees bent because of that... but I've never bent a drumstick. :)
yeah, sometimes I play fast and its sometimes rainy in our climate..
maybe..
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:20 PM
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I use pro mark's & ahead sticks. Ive only broken a pro mark once or twice & play pretty hard. Believe it or not i broke the metal in the joey jordison ahead stick in half on the rim of my snare doing rimshots!

The worst sticks ever are unigrips. Really good designs, cheap & loved the feel of them. But they dont last. In fact there so bad id break one every other song! Thats if the tips didnt come of first... On word., Pants
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:31 PM
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I really dont understand how people break so many sticks. I've had the pair I'm using for at least 4 months.
im lucky if i only break 1 pair every band practice, and 3 pairs at a show. i want to buy like 6 pairs of aheads, but thats a large investment.
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Old 07-01-2007, 03:41 AM
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yeah, sometimes I play fast and its sometimes rainy in our climate..
maybe..
Aha! YES!!! It would be funny to make a video like that- you playing extremely fast with wind driven rain smacking you in the face, and piece by piece little tornadoes pick up pieces of your kit until all your are left with is the snare drum.
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:19 AM
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I've totaled three pairs of sticks so far on my new drumset since I got it, probably around two months back. Is that too often? I use vic firth 5B's, and I'm thinking I've trying Vater to see if they're more durable ... either their 5B or the Josh Freese signature

what do you think? Am I breaking (they don't actually break, they just fray and split to impossible-to-play degrees) these things too often and I should try tougher sticks? I know there was a thread a while back about vic firth losing quality and stuff ....

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Vic Firths are ok but i just got a pair of 5b's about 2 weeks ago and they busted.
All there sticks break on me to fast and so do vaters.They last about a week but
if you want a good stick ill tell you Pro Mark makes the BEST! ive had 4 tommy aldridge pairs since febuary and they have not broke. i use the shira kashi oak but on the stick it just says japan oak.
i like the tommy sticks but there a little to big.So i just picked up a pair of neil pearts there as strong and lighter and the tip is a lil better.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:23 AM
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I use Thomas Lang Signature sticks and I break about one stick every one or two practices. My record so far is three sticks in less than 10 minutes.

In response to your problem though it may be because of the way your cymabls are posistioned or if your using too much rim when you hit the drums.

Breaking sticks is normal. But expensive...

I use the same stick and for me theay are really durables

I play really hard sometimes and they still there and in good shape


Maybe the position of the cymbals on both have the problem
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Old 07-16-2007, 08:29 AM
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The other day I was playing in church using my Roland, but the sound guy hadn't turned my volume up enough so I had to play as loud as I can. I was using maple sticks for a change, I like their feel. During the last song I managed to break one stick on a cymbal pad...

Yes, you read that correctly, I broke a stick on an electronic drum kit.

Did this ever happen to somebody else?
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:11 AM
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The other day I was playing in church using my Roland, but the sound guy hadn't turned my volume up enough so I had to play as loud as I can. I was using maple sticks for a change, I like their feel. During the last song I managed to break one stick on a cymbal pad...

Yes, you read that correctly, I broke a stick on an electronic drum kit.

Did this ever happen to somebody else?
Yeah, people think that its impossible to break a stick on an electric kit.
Why?

Your hitting exactly the same force, only on a less forgiving surface, Ive totaled loads of sticks on an electric kit.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:21 PM
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Yeah, people think that its impossible to break a stick on an electric kit.
Why?
Because of the rubber padding rather than hard metal rims...
Well I don't think I'll ever be using maple sticks again, Hickory is a lot tougher.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:52 PM
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I use Vic Firth 5a sticks and they last very long, even for about 2 months!!
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:19 PM
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Because of the rubber padding rather than hard metal rims...
Well I don't think I'll ever be using maple sticks again, Hickory is a lot tougher.
I suppose, but In my experiance people hit alot harder on electric drums anyway, as they believe they can get more sound out of them by whacking them to death.

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Old 07-19-2007, 01:39 PM
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I am sure I have read somewhere that Neil Peart breaks his sticks in his gigs because of an old drumming tradition, something to do with good luck!!
i used his sticks a while back, their not too bad actually.

You guys gotta try out the promark funk bats though. their heavy, but not too heavy, just right, if ya know what i mean ;)
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I am sure I have read somewhere that Neil Peart breaks his sticks in his gigs because of an old drumming tradition, something to do with good luck!!
i used his sticks a while back, their not too bad actually.

You guys gotta try out the promark funk bats though. their heavy, but not too heavy, just right, if ya know what i mean ;)
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:36 PM
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Has somebody used mike portnoy sticks?
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:42 PM
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Has somebody used mike portnoy sticks?
Yeah, they are quite small, right?


Im going through a stick breaking phase.

Ive been playing intensely over the past month, building up arm strength, so my sticks are suffering......

I might switch to a bigger stick in fact.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:24 PM
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portnoys stick is actually my main stick, and ive been doing okay with them as of breaking them. im some what of a hard hitter, but not crazy hard. i just love the diameter of them.
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:12 AM
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God will this thread never end.
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Old 08-26-2007, 04:05 PM
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I want to maybe give a Dave Weckl stick a try - I like the feel of them when I have tested them in a shop.

But.... Im used to my trust Vaters holding up well - would Vic's stix break more easily?
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Well I use Vic firth
I try to make them last as long as possible.
but I do to many rim shots.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:26 AM
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I have Vic Firth B5s and they have never broken. Theyre all chipped and about half of the tips are missing. They can survive anything and on a couple of occasions Ive even tried to break them to test them. Both sticks are in one piece.

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Old 09-24-2007, 05:21 AM
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I know! I've edited the first post to reflect more recent experience (I think I started this thread two years ago hehe)

edit: a day less than 2 years! That's odd huh.


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this thread started in 08-24-2005!
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:08 AM
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I have been using VF 5a as my default stick for over 5 years now, and I've only broken about two pairs of them, a pair usually lasts me two three months. Then they're pretty chewed up so I just replace them. Am I hitting too soft?
A friend of mine hits like a neanderthal and breaks about one pair of VF2B's every 4 weeks :D
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:46 PM
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ya hitting hard really doesn't do too much except damage your equipment but I just broke a pair of VF's after about a year maybe but yea they last. Not my favorite but they do last my favs are pro mark 7A atm because they are light durable and made of maple :D VF's are usually bigger in diameter as well
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:28 PM
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I've never had, in my 5 years of playing, a stick break whilst Im playing. All that happens is the middle frays due to rimshots. I've always gone back to Fic Virth's!
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I've read some comments and stuff about sticks breaking. Here'e my thoughts about it.

Stick breaks depend on a few things: frequency, velocity, technique.

Someone who plays more frequently at shows and practices alot will break stick more frequently.

If this person hits with great velocity, the sticks will be prone to breaking at a faster rate.

Technique...well you all know that.

The point is, choose the right stick for the job if you don't want to keep paying for sticks. There's a guy in one of the first posts that said he breaks thomas lang stick like every day or something like that....thats just nuts. He should be using marching band drumsticks. I'd hate to see his kit. He must change drumheads just as often as he does sticks if you think about it.
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last pair i broke just broke clean in half for one and then the other splintered just like a

tooth-pick they were Vic Firth 2B's by the way 2B's suck never buy a pair of them.
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