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Old 04-14-2011, 08:53 PM
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Default Pro-Mark 526 "The Bulb"

Hey guys I'm a big Billy Ward fan, and as I've been branching out musically and adjusting my technique I've been search of lighter sticks, yet yield the ability to still hold up to my playing. I've been using Vater 5B's for a while now and recently switched to the 5A model because I haven't broke a pair of 5B's for a long time now. Since I can finally play with lighter sticks I wanted to know what people thought about this stick because i find it fascinating. Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:53 AM
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Default Re: Pro-Mark 526 "The Bulb"

Ok well I got the sticks in case anybody is interested in them like I was, just ask me. I think they are great, the bulb on the stick is very comfortable to play with and I'm amazed at how much more relaxed my grip feels in just a day of jamming with them. Seriously I recommend these things.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:19 AM
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Default Re: Pro-Mark 526 "The Bulb"

I too am a long time Billy Ward fan.

I started playing Trueline sticks because of him and I really love them.

They went out of business a while back and I only have four pairs left of the "bulb" grip 5Bs.

Billy's new ProMark stick is great but I find it a little closer to a 5A than the 5B I'm used to.

I use a bunch of different sticks all the time and I have both the Vater Power 5A and 5B with nylon tips and their really nice sticks. The 5As are almost beefy (not quite) and with the little extra weight in the shoulder, I get the same 5B feel in a bit lighter stick.

[sorry about the off topic Vater tangent]

A lot of people don't really prefer a bulb grip but I like it, especially for very loose grip playing.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:06 AM
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Default Re: Pro-Mark 526 "The Bulb"

I'm scared to try them (or any similar that may exist), for fear that I'd really like them, get very comfortable with them, and then they get discontinued so I go back to straight sticks, and have a grip issue (i.e. dropping them) that I have to work through to get used to straight ones again.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:31 PM
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Default Re: Pro-Mark 526 "The Bulb"

Well if that ever happened just put tape in the same area on a straight stick, I hear it works about the same. The sticks are really great, but I don't plan on stopping the use of straight sticks either for that fact. I think its just good to be able to use all sorts of different stuff, sticks with or without a bulb, heavy or light, mallets, brushes.
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