It’s that old chestnut of finding the right stick for you? I prefer VF STL’s for playing hard rock, my favourite genre, but also have other sticks from 7A to 2B for lighter styles (e.g. Vater Fusion nylon tips are beautifully in the 5A/5B range for poppier stuff). My speed doesn’t really change if I’m using lighter sticks…though I’m no speed merchant and don’t focus on that so much as improving my control.
I can get more speed out of 7A's than 5B's, but... I do that by using using more finger control and less rebound with the thinner sticks, so my hands tire more quickly, and the sound is a bit thin so I grip the sticks more firmly and hit harder, which also makes my hands tire more quickly.I’ve been playing 5bs exclusively for a few years now, and today I decided to try some 5as just for fun, and I found that I was able to play faster with less effort.
FYI: You're a right handed, traditional grip, jazz player who plays a Pearl Reference kit with Pearl rack.My absence over the last 6 weeks has been due to a relocation to stay with aging mother. No practice space. No playing opportunities. If I'm not careful, I may forget what drums I own!
Ah the signature! At least it's not a mile long LOL.FYI: You're a right handed, traditional grip, jazz player who plays a Pearl Reference kit with Pearl rack.
It'll just be another lesson learned. But it's my nicest and most professional kit. I'd feel comfortable taking the call with it to be honest.Wait a minute Steph you have a Pearl Reference kit locked up in a dungeon with no climate control-say it isn’t so- that’s a helluva Pearl thing? Damn that about makes me cry-being a caretaker you need an outlet more than ever. I was a care taker for my Mom and my crazy aunt a few years- my prayers are with you. Don’t let the stress kill you. It nearly killed me snd my marriage truth be told. I hope your experience is better.
My mother has dry storage in the attic of her house, but it's very hot up there. Probably 20% hotter than outside temperature. Quesiton: would it be better for the drums to be dry hot times 20%, or humid hot from puddled water?That’s a similar situation to how and where my Gretsch kit from the 80s has been for the past 15 years.
To protect against humidity, some have used thick plastic bags and used a vacuum cleaner to vacuum out excess air. Desiccant packs are needed and are added before hand to further reduce moisture. The desiccant packs exposed to air need to be heated to remove stored moisture. Then, they are ready to absorb moisture. They need to be arranged so that if they absorb moisture and become wet with that moisture that they are not touching the drum, or that collected moisture won’t drip off and fall on the drum. Search around for more info.My mother has dry storage in the attic of her house, but it's very hot up there. Probably 20% hotter than outside temperature. Quesiton: would it be better for the drums to be dry hot times 20%, or humid hot from puddled water?
Being that California and Alabama are both next to giant salt water bodies, I would think dry would be better for the metal parts at least.Quesiton: would it be better for the drums to be dry hot times 20%, or humid hot from puddled water?
technically in my view when u switch to a slightly lighter stick , your speed remains the same but you prolong your endurance compared with the heavier stick. In my case when i switched from 5bs to fake 2bs ( lesser weight) i could prolong 300 bpm with a bit of training for a minute constantly . Of course im stilll working on it but yea this is the effect sticks have when switching.I’ve been playing 5bs exclusively for a few years now, and today I decided to try some 5as just for fun, and I found that I was able to play faster with less effort.
The downside was that I didn’t feel as in control as I do with 5bs. However, I believe that this was simply due to the fact that I have become well acquainted with 5bs.
My question is, how much of a factor do you guys think stick size plays in regards to speed?
Playing faster was more comfortable for me with 5as so I’m considering just using 5as exclusively from now on. On the other hand, many metal and fusion drummers use thick sticks (5b+) and still manage to play fast, so maybe I should just stick to 5Bs and just continue to gradually work my speed up.