There are some brushes that will put little freckles on cymbals. I forget which ones they were though. The Regal and Vic ones i have now don't do that though. Thank goodness.
Live Wires have worked quite well for me- funny that many drummers I've shown them to like them right away but hadn't heard of them.True and true. When I needed a little more from brushes, but not quite the midrange whack of plastic ones, I got the Vic Firth Live Wires. They have a tiny but effective ball at the end of each wire that really gives more bite.
Hmm, new slogan: Vic Firth Live Wires bite!
Didn’t Remo come out with a snare drum that had a hand-drum-type batter head, where the rim was lower than the level of the head?
How do Jazz drummers make the a soft scraping sound that can be heard over a band? When I do that, it isn't even audible over an acoustic guitar. Are they relying on a microphone and amplification for volume?