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Old 12-08-2011, 11:33 PM
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I'm from new Brunswick Canada, home of Sabian and Los cabis sticks. Started using their red hickory sticks. Their denser and harder makin them sound like a stick size up bit the same weight. Their also right cheap here. Don't know about elsewhere. Ther 8.99 a set vs Vic firth and zildjian which are at like 12.99 r 13.99. I get about a month out of them before some tip splitting starts. THAT'S think other brands offer red hickory sticks. Try em out
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:05 AM
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I've used all the big boys (apart from Vater)

Used various Vic Firth Models (all broke VERY quickly, issue I have with Vic Firth), a while back I was using Zildjian Taylor Hawkins models. Had two pairs, one pair lasted 6 months, other pair I have for back-up. Still my favourite stick, but I've been experimenting. Pro-Mark shipped me out sticks after a complaint that the sticks were very weak. And all pairs lasted me 4-5 months. Impressed. At the moment, I'm using 747B's. Like the extra-length and they feel amazing and nice. However, caught one of the sticks in a door the other day and totally crushed the stick in half. So I have one and a half pairs now. Pretty sad.

But, so far. My most durable sticks were Teddy Campbells or Benny Grebs, if not... Zildjian Taylor Hawkins sticks. Might try Grohl sticks now, they're my size AND length. :)
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:38 AM
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I tend to prefer Vater hickory, and right now my favorite is their Xtreme 5A. Man how I love that stick. I like how it is a little larger, as well as a half inch longer. I have been using the same pair about a month, and I hit pretty hard (not as hard as some of you guys, but still pretty hard). I use the nylon tips, and they are extremely durable. I can see where one of the tips is cracked, but it has not even started to come off yet. Combine these sticks with some sweat-wicking TournaGrip and you have an absolutely DYNAMITE combo!!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:37 AM
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I'm from new Brunswick Canada, home of Sabian and Los cabis sticks. Started using their red hickory sticks. Their denser and harder makin them sound like a stick size up bit the same weight. Their also right cheap here. Don't know about elsewhere. Ther 8.99 a set vs Vic firth and zildjian which are at like 12.99 r 13.99. I get about a month out of them before some tip splitting starts. THAT'S think other brands offer red hickory sticks. Try em out
Since your from new Brunswick just thought I would let you know you can get your Vic Firths at Long and McQuade for $10 and the nylon tips are guaranteed.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:49 PM
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I'm getting good results with Silver Fox 1A's. Still break the buggers though, just not as often.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:31 PM
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I have played on and off for 30 years, as an orchestral percussionist. I have never broken a stick from playing. It is quite possible to have a stick with an imperfection that can break due to long term stress and vibration, but today that is rare with good sticks. everyone that I know or have watched that continually break sticks is for the following reasons:

1 Playing too hard with the wrong weight of stick. The whole purpose of heavier sticks is to allow the stick weight to do the work, not you. With properly miked drums, there should never be a reason to abuse (yes, abuse) your equipment to the point of breakage.

2 Wrong tip/shoulder design for style of play.

3 Wrong stick material for style of play.

I have never broken a stick, but have replaced dented sticks (from rimshots, etc.) as needed before they broke. although a certain stick may "feel good" in your hands during light play or practice, it may not be the best stick for you during all out play. That is why percussionists have a whole case of various sticks and mallets. one might change sticks several times during a piece of music.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:25 AM
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Vic Firth, Thats the type I use and there working great for me. Not broken yet after a year of playing.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:32 AM
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Vic Firth, Thats the type I use and there working great for me. Not broken yet after a year of playing.
Thats odd. I know a lot of people that have had Vics break very consistently for them quite quickly. These people are playing Rock/Hard Rock/Metal though
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:15 AM
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There's a Swedish company called Wincent, these are the densest sticks I ever played.
I didn't like the way they felt (also I was very scared for the well being of my cymbals) but if its durability you seek, I don't think it gets any more solid than these.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:37 PM
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Thats odd. I know a lot of people that have had Vics break very consistently for them quite quickly. These people are playing Rock/Hard Rock/Metal though
I play rock/hard rock and rarely do I ever brake my Vic Firth 5bn's.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:52 PM
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The new vic firth titans are coming out in April. They are carbon fiber sticks but they are apparently much better than the other (lower end) carbon fiber sticks on the market. The titans got a great response at NAMM this year so I definetely will be checking them out! The retail value is $99.99 so expect them to be no more than that.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:41 AM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

I play metal core, andI have used Goodwood by Vater, which dont last long. I have gone though 3 pairs in the last month. I had a pair of pro mark shirikashi oak, which are great. Great tone and grip, and they barely even chipped. The reason i stopped using them was because the tips chipped. I suggest those with nylon tips.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

Promark oak would be my pick.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:37 AM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

Check out Danny Careys signature sticks from Vic Firth, they're insanely big. 16"x.695", should last a while... Otherwise, Oak sticks would be the way to go.

I personally get 1-2 months out of a pair of Vic 5a. I'm currently trying out Vic 55a, slightly thicker, so I should be getting a little more from them.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:53 AM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

In regard to the materials, here's a short compilation (most durable on the top) :

Carbon - Vic Firth Titan
Aluminum - Ahead
Laminated Birch - Zildjian
Oak - Pro-Mark
Red Hickory - Los Cabos
White Hickory - Vater, Pro-Mark, Vic Firth (in this order!...)
Sugar Maple (any brand)
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:02 AM
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I can agree on the Zildjian "Heavy Jazz" laminated birch sticks. They have a great weight, wear well and feel great in my hands.

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:06 AM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

I've been using the same pair of 7-A 'Merican hickory drumsticks for about six months.... Lucky break?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: What are the most durable drumsticks you know of?

All Vic Firth sticks seem very durable for me.

5B's and thicker rarely break at all.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:43 PM
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All Vic Firth sticks seem very durable for me.

5B's and thicker rarely break at all.
I agree, plus I found I dont hit nearly as hard since changing to single ply heads, they seem to respond easier and I dont need to, for lack of a better word, "coax" the sound/tone out of them the way I had to when using 2 ply.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:55 PM
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Most durable? Get some dundun or taiko sticks.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:13 PM
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I'd love to use Vic Firth sticks, and after meeting the man himself I almost vowed to only use them (the guys at my local music store loved it when I told them I had met Vic!), but the sticks simply weren't durable enough, especially the tips cracked pretty fast. Now I play Vater sticks. They're sugar maple, and I'm still on my first pair. The tips are still perfect, just a bit dirty due to excessive use.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:03 AM
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Most durable? Solid stainless steel. But I personally have had great luck with any Vic stick. I don't know how else to answer that. I have never broken a stick, not even in marching band.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:44 PM
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Most durable? Solid stainless steel. But I personally have had great luck with any Vic stick. I don't know how else to answer that. I have never broken a stick, not even in marching band.
In marching band today 2 hours ago, I broke a brand new Vic Firth Ralph Hardiman stick in around 45 minutes of playing
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:21 PM
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To me Vater has always been the most durable. As far as comfort and feel is concerned it's Vic Firth.

I currently use the SD1 General. VF says it's a "practice stick" but none the less it's what i've been useing lately and i love it. Before i was useing Vater 5B sticks. I liked them but they seemed a little heavy to me. I wanted something just a bit bigger than a 5B but lighter in weight. I found it with the SD1.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:44 PM
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One thig to remember is the denser the stick the less it is going to bend and absorb shock. All of the energy will be absorbed by your hands and can cause fatigue and soreness. I prefer to have my sticks bend a bit and take care of some of the shock..
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:54 PM
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For me it's Vic Firth....I use 5A's & lately 5B's some...I could probably count one to two hands the number of sticks I've broke in the last 10 years....good sticks...also I think good technique plays in to it to a degree...
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:01 AM
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About 6 or 7 years ago, I had a pair of sticks that were made from a mixture of fibre glass and some grade of wood. I think they were called Mainline? It was back when I was playing a lot of metal and hitting hard. They just wouldn't break. I played them continuously for a good year and a half. The only reason why I threw them away was cause the tips wore down to the point of being sharpe like a centre punch. Yikes! I bought them at the local music shop that went out of business shortly after I purchased them. They were certainly the most durable by far in my case, but they didn't have a real good wood stick feel on the hi hats. Not that they were as bad as plastic tips. Just not quite as good as wood action. Oh, and I wasn't a fan of the color either: Pink!
I'm currently using Los Cabos 5A with dip grips and having great results with them holding up.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:18 PM
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I have some Zildjian Mike Mangini laminated birch sticks, and they seem to hold up better than oak!
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:51 AM
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Vater. I've never fully broke one of their sticks. Only cracked the middle a tad after several months of wear and tear.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:55 AM
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I'm using Vater Sugar Maple Blazer sticks right now and I love them. I love that I can have a light stick and not feel like I'm playing a chopstick, they absorb a lot of shock and have held up 3 months under average/heavy hitting

Btw has anyone noticed this thread is nearly 4 years old?
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:49 PM
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