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Old 01-15-2011, 02:57 AM
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Default Quick sticks/good heads

I just got a pair of Vic Firth 7A Hickory Acorn Top sticks. In general I have preferred light sticks for control and speed and these ended up feeling a little bulky. However, I prefer Vic Firth all in all and am wondering what's the consensus on their best light sticks.

Furthermore, I haven't changed any drum heads for about 3-4 years since I've gotten my kit (other than the snare, which broke once). First off, I am looking to change them regardless, though would like to know if my toms will sound significantly better with new/better heads? If so, what are the suggestions for extreme metal? (I'm kind of cheap).
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:25 AM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

If I were you , I'd try some Pro Mark 7A's.
To me, Pro Marks just feel a little lighter.
I use both, in 5A.

If you're kinda cheap, I would go with Remo Pinstripe batters for Metal.

I used them for years and I think they are a little cheaper than Evans EC2s.

I could be wrong about price though, so check em out on line.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:06 AM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

your toms will sound worlds better! its a beautiful thing to change a head :)

and i use the pinstripes on both sides of my toms. i love the way they sound. i would suggest getting a set of "Rem-O's" these are dampening rings (clever name, dont yathink? xD ) and they will not have as much "BWang" if you know what im sayin...they will have a nice short fat sound that is deep. i love them.

as far as extreme metal, you may like the sound of them with pinstripes and the rings, i do :) i play fast and they pronounce and cut pretty well for me
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:03 PM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

7A's on extreme metal? I hope you're miced.
Your toms will sound fuller with a thicker stick alone.
You must break sticks regularly playing metal w/ 7a's.
And you want a thinner stick? OK. I would say that's not the norm. But OK.
There are no rules, but I'm guessing the great majority of metal players don't use 7A's.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

Yeah, 7As are pretty thin for metal.

However...check out Vic Firth's American Jazz series. A couple of those models are thinner than 7A...and probably won't last as long.

If you want a thin stick for metal that won't break, try to find a 7A size stick from Ahead or some other company's stick that isn't made of wood.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:38 PM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

I think what the OP wants are lighter sticks, not thinner sticks...

In that case, I can recommend to you Vic Firth's "SD1 General".

They're made of maple, which is a lot lighter than hickory. They're thicker than 7As and even 5Bs, but they're extremely light. However, if you play metal I assume you must hit fairly hard and you use heavy cymbals.. in that case, you'll destroy this sticks in just a matter of days.

If I were you, I'd try some heavier sticks.

About heads.. I think Remo Pinstripes/Emperors or Evans G2/EC2 (2 ply heads) will suit you well.

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Old 01-15-2011, 10:50 PM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

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They're made of maple, which is a lot lighter than hickory.
Bingo!!

My suggestion was gonna be a maple stick, but since you've beaten me to the punch, I'll reiterate your call. If durability is an issue, go with a thicker maple stick.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:49 AM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

As other's have said, you're probably gonna wanna be going with heavier sticks, for extreme metal.
I'd recommend a pro-mark chris adler signature stick. It's 5A Size, which is only slightly heavier than 7A. But it's got a beefy taper and big acorn tip, so you still get the power and fullness of a 5B.
These are definitely my favorite sticks.

As for heads, I like remo powerstroke 4's. Very good for metal. But it's really just preference.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:25 AM
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Default Re: Quick sticks/good heads

I suppose I wanted the best of both worlds with light sticks since I do enjoy some jazzy finesse here and there that heavy sticks don't provide. However, I think I'll try out the 5A/55A.

And I'll get some Pinstripes while I'm at it.

Thanks guys. Will report back with results.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:18 AM
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Just get several different pairs of sticks at different weights and sizes and put them into stick holders attached to your kit. I always have several pairs of sticks at my kits. I use anything from 7As to "jazz" sticks to 5A's and just about anything in between. That way I can switch for different styles of music or just change to another pair when my hands get sweaty. That way my sticks don't hit the bass player or vocalists, lol.





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