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Old 02-20-2008, 05:15 AM
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Default Crazy Kevlar Sticks

I've had this one pair of drumsticks for going on four years now and they haven't broken and I really don't think they ever will. They are made out of Kevlar. I've used other sticks since then but these are never going to break. I think they were made by a guy somewhere in Montana. The only thing is they have been sharpened to a point and I'm nervous to use them now. Has anyone else ever used Kevlar drumsticks?
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:18 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

Dude, that sounds absolutley crazy. I wanna find a pair of those just to say I have them, unfortunately i think they would be expensive and hard to find.
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:33 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

Duraline made a Kevlar core stick in the '70s/'80s (the "Superstick") and Mainline made a Kevlar strand stick from about 1995-2001. The Duralines were white (actually a plastic cover over the core) and the Mainlines were typically reddish/pinkish or brown.

I happened to endorse both during their heyday, and the Mainlines were probably the best synthetic stick ever.

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:34 PM
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Duraline made a Kevlar core stick in the '70s/'80s (the "Superstick") and Mainline made a Kevlar strand stick from about 1995-2001. The Duralines were white (actually a plastic cover over the core) and the Mainlines were typically reddish/pinkish or brown.

I happened to endorse both during their heyday, and the Mainlines were probably the best synthetic stick ever.

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I remember those Duraline ads in MD with Sam...Muchnick?, Munchick?(sp?).

I though they were cool, but they were too heavy for the diameter for me.

I remember the Duraline heads too.

I used to love the Cana-Sonic "no overtone" snare head.
I used them for a long time, and I had one on a snare for a couple years.

The Aquarian sticks that were black with the white tip and ends (..familiar?...Ahead?...)
I thought were kinda cool looking.

The X-10 right?

I thought they looked kind of 'wrapped', because there looked like small texture lines going up the stick.
I don't remember ever seeing the Aquarian's in a shop though.
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:47 PM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

How random? I was sure there must be indestructible sticks available nowadays here is a patent site I found :-

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/56...scription.html

No stockists or pricelists though..KH
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:58 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

That patent is for the Mainline sticks I mentioned.

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Old 02-24-2008, 02:43 AM
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I remember those Duraline ads in MD with Sam...Muchnick?, Munchick?(sp?).

I though they were cool, but they were too heavy for the diameter for me.

I remember the Duraline heads too.

I used to love the Cana-Sonic "no overtone" snare head.
I used them for a long time, and I had one on a snare for a couple years.
i used the Duraline heads for a while back in the early 80's. definitely NOT the most sensitive heads for sure. also used the sticks too. and they weren't as durable as wood sticks...go figure.

i also tried the Cana-Sonic heads back then as well. they were pretty nice heads.

there was also another company that made a great snare head around the mid 80's. does the name "Campo" ring a bell or am i (roger clemens moment:) "misremembering" the name!! they may have been made of some "woven" material as compared to a mylar type head. whatever the name was it was a GREAT snare head. i came across them at Thoroughbred Music in FL and that was the only place i ever saw them.
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Old 02-25-2008, 03:50 PM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

Were they maybe called Compo. (?...of course I could be wrong....)

Were those the ones Tony Williams endorsed for a time?

I think the logo had like a circle and a triangle or 2 .... ?

I never tried that head, but the Cana-Sonics were pretty nice.

I got a set for my whole kit, and the guitar player at the time really loved the sound of them.
They were a little too 'controlled' for me, but he loved them.

I think they lasted a pretty long time too.

I loved that no-overtone snare head. I used them until I couldn't get it anymore.

Larrie Londin used to endorse Cana-Sonic, I remember an ad or 2 of him for them.

Yeah, I never tried the Duraline heads, but I do remember them.
It was weird because they seemed a little loose on the hoop because of the weaved material.

I remember seeing some with a clear dot underneath...must have been a snare head.
That yellow color really turned me off though....probably why I never bought one.
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:08 PM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

Compo heads from Japan:



I had some in the 80s, they sounded decent but were a bit spongy to play. A shop in NYC had NOS 14" snare heads a few years ago and I nabbed a few and got to play them again to see if the passage of time had changed my perception. Nope - still sounds okay but still feel spongy to me.

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Old 03-17-2008, 01:53 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

here is another link i found.

http://www.synthetictubs.com/synthetic_sticks.htm
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:31 AM
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Knowing the properties of Kevlar I would imagine they would be very stiff with little or no give and would tear my hands up.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:42 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

kevlar is tough stuff, i have kevlar jacket that an exes german shepherd couldn't bite into, it was a canine version of tag that he liked to play, but I digress. how about carbon sticks like these

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CARBOSTICKS-7A...QQcmdZViewItem

worth a punt?


ps. he soon learned to aim for the back of the knee,ouch! I'm it.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:00 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

The Carbosticks are fair - not good, but fair - but don't last long or come in many sizes. They're not even close to the Mainlines though.

The old Duralines had a solid Kevlar core, and had some 'give', they felt fairly natural. The Mainlines had Kevlar threads running the length of the stick and were mostly a resin-based stick. They commercial version felt very woodlike, but the resin could be varied and early prototypes ranged from flexible to very stiff.

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Old 03-19-2008, 03:39 AM
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Compo heads from Japan:



I had some in the 80s, they sounded decent but were a bit spongy to play. A shop in NYC had NOS 14" snare heads a few years ago and I nabbed a few and got to play them again to see if the passage of time had changed my perception. Nope - still sounds okay but still feel spongy to me.

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that's it!! thanks bermuda.

they were "spongy" compared to a mylar head due to the "cloth" construction. but they were durable and sounded great. i'd like to find one again somewhere just to do a comparison after all these years.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:19 AM
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Default Re: Crazy Kevlar Sticks

i bought a pair of carbosticks a while back,

snapped clean in half after about a week of using them,
and the next pair i had lasted about 3 weeks before doing the same thing.

i wouldn't buy another pair if my life depended on it, i cant stand them,
and they would leave all these dirty black marks on my heads and cymbals.

this is my experience though, they may have improved since i used them.
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