My favorite sticks

mrfingers

Senior Member
Regal Tip 5A nylon tips fit and stay in my trad grip hands!
Judging by the responses in this thread I guess I have most of them to myself while everybody else buys VFs or Vaters!
 

mike d

Silver Member
I really like the shape and length of a standard 5A, and I've been through a lot of sticks lately trying to find the holy grail. I like to use Pro-Mark Stick Wrap, because I haven't found any sticks that have the combination of feel and grip in a standard package. Some of the Zildjian dips come close. Recently I bought some sticks I just love:
Vater 5A Sugar Maple Nylon Tip. They are light, incredibility durable, and seem high quality. I use the nylon tip because I like the sound and durability. I still use the stick wrap on them, but I really like them a lot.
 

gish

Senior Member
Recently went way up in stick size. I was using the Vater 5A, but am now using the Vic Firth 2B. I'm a big guy, and was experiencing some hand pain towards the end of my gigs (maybe squeezing too hard to hold onto a stick that is too small for my hand?). The VF 2B is really nicely balanced for a big stick, plays great. Used them for 4 hour gig this past Saturday, expecting to get worn down from all that extra wood. The exact opposite happened; I found I could really relax my hands and let the stick do the work. Hands felt great after the gig, I played well, and my drums even seemed to sound fuller playing with the big sticks. Think I'm sold on the VF 2B.
 
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picodon

Silver Member
Recently went way up in stick size. I was using the Vater 5A, but am now using the Vic Firth 2B. I'm a big guy, and was experiencing some hand pain towards the end of my gigs (maybe squeezing too hard to hold onto a stick that is too small for my hand?). The VF 2B is really nicely balanced for a big stick, plays great. Used them for 4 hour gig this past Saturday, expecting to get worn down from all that extra wood. The exact opposite happened; I found I could really relax my hands and let the stick do the work. Hands felt great after the gig, I played well, and my drums even seemed to sound fuller playing with the big sticks. Think I'm sold on the VF 2B.
Same experience. I recently went up from 5A to 5B and yes it sounds fuller and I'm somehow more aware of the stick movements. It feels more precise, it's easier to get certain grooves right and that was a big surprise. I thought precise equals light sticks. No it doesn't.
 

tomk

Senior Member
Same experience. I recently went up from 5A to 5B and yes it sounds fuller and I'm somehow more aware of the stick movements. It feels more precise, it's easier to get certain grooves right and that was a big surprise. I thought precise equals light sticks. No it doesn't.
I had a very similar experience. Had trouble for years trying to find a stick that filled my hand nicely and that I felt control and new where the stick was at all times. A predictable stick that didn't get in the way. I saw Brian Blade playing Vic Firth SD1 or SD2, the Bolero stick and so I gave them a shot. They are perfect. Great balance, small round tip so a beautiful cymbal sound, and maple. Pretty thick stick but with the weight of a hickory 5A or something. It's absolutely a beautiful stick to play.
 

lepigpen

Member
Coming from marching band background, I am loyal to Vic Firth. I love my 5Bs in black but I want to try a size down at the very least for practice. Going to the store soon so we'll see what I end up with.
 

newoldie

Silver Member
1) All around- Dave Weckl evolution sticks work best for me, nylon or wood.

2) Jack DeJohnette Nylon for most styles besides the DW

3) Promark Firegrain 5A- a recent discovery, nice dark sound, great comfortable grip for most styles I play.

 

pbm2112

Senior Member
I used to play Vic Firth SD9s but I bought a pair of Vic Firth Thomas Langs as a novelty and found that they do all the work so I can keep my hands really relaxed. You get a massive amount of tone from the huge tips, especially useful when playing very quietly (but playing quietly with them requires some discipline!). Now everything else feels like playing with chopsticks. They're not great for jazz thought as they'll produce too much wash from a really thin ride : )
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
Earlier this year I bought a pair of Promark Select Balance Rebound Balance 55A size sticks. I've been using the same pair at practice all year long. First off, they feel great with the balance set back a little. It allows for more rebound and greater articulation when it's needed. Second thing is just the durability of the sticks. I've been playing all year long and still no chipped tips or chopped up tapers. They're still in great shape.
 

Wave Deckel

Gold Member
At the moment, I really enjoy the RegalTip Jake Hanna Signature sticks. Really durable, with a nylon tip that gives a slightly brighter, defined ridesound. It also has a long thin shaft (I don't like thicker than 7A sticks and always prefer thin jazzsticks) with a long butt end taper and narrow neck. Definitely a "specialist" stick but it is really fast, precise, responsive, well balanced. Helps a lot for getting a great dynamic range out of your drums and cymbals. Really soft playing works like a charm with them, and they can withstand some heavier playing, too. But they are of course not as sturdy as 5B sticks. The lacquer btw. gives you a really good grip while not slowing down the stick in your hands. I really like those.

 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
I've been loving the Vater Fatbacks of late. Nice round nylon tips & a good sturdy stick overall.
With the added weight, I don't have to hit so hard & my endurance has gone way up.
Win-Win for me.
 

STAXfan

Junior Member
I've been using Pro Mark's Simon Phillips for years. But I tried a pair of the Zildjian Ringo Starr sticks recently and I love them. I didn't like the Ringo Pro Mark sticks, but love his Zildjians.
 
I've been using Zildjian 5A nylon, but will try to test other sticks like vic firth, vater, pro mark, ahead and the carbon fiber stick thats in the market
 
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