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Old 07-13-2010, 03:22 AM
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I've got an acoustic gig coming up and decided that I needed something in between a stick and a brush. I picked up some Pro Mark Hot Rods but the guys at the shop wouldn't let me try them before I bought them, so I stupidly rushed into the buying decision. Unfortunately, the sticks are just too loud! There's almost no difference between them and regular sticks. So does anyone have tips for ways that I can dampen the stick itself? Maybe just things I can tape onto the ends to make them quieter?
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:28 AM
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They wouldn't let you try them before you bought them!
Never go to that store again!
Let us know the store name and where it is and let the entire drum community boycott the store.
They need to be put out of business now!

Try the Regal Tip Blasticks.
Try them at a real music store that is still in business.
Try them at a real music store that lets you try them!
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:46 PM
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Well, the store was Cosmo's Music in Toronto, Ontario haha. Boycott away, actually a pretty nice store though.

I'll give those a shot. The Hot Rods actually ended up being a pretty good purchase, working well for outdoor acoustic gigs, but it's been less than a week and one of them is already ripped to s***.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:05 PM
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The Rutes are Vic Firth's version of the Hot Rods. They look pretty decent I'd say, haven't tried them yet though. Am looking forward something for an acoustic gig too, any other good suggestions that might help me and TS?
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:21 PM
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I know you said you tried the hot rods, but in that same line there's other types of them. There's "cool rods" "lightining rods" and "thunder rods" as well as the "hot rods." If the ones you bought are putting out too much sound, I'd say give the cool rods a try, since they are a little thiner. But if you are already having troubles keeping them intact when playing, going thiner may not work. I, as bobdadruma suggested, would also say that you need to go somewhere where you can play with some different types of sticks.
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