My favorite sticks

iCe

Senior Member
For the last year or two I've been using Vic Firth 2B's. Played in rock band that required a bit more solid stick, but recently i found that when i played on my Masters BCX the sound of the toms and snare were choked. I figured that perhaps the force and weight of the stick had something to do with it, so i still had 3 pairs of Vater 5B maple sticks lying around (which i used before that and the Todd Sucherman sig stick before that) and decided to give those a try again. And it really opened up the sound! Not to mention that i noticed i played more fluently and that quick snare buzzrolls were a lot more tighter, so i'm back to these sticks again hehe. Might give the Wincent 5B maple sticks a go after i run out of the Vater sticks.
 

Timmy

Well-known member
I have about 6 different pairs I switch back and forth with. Right now, I'm back to diggin on the Buddy Rich sticks. Perhaps this will always be the case? (One day I favor one pair, the next day I favor another). Dunno.gif
 
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EricT43

Senior Member
Vic Firth 5B's, recently switched to those after using 5A's for a long time. I have big hands and the bigger stick feels better to me, easier to control. For low-volume situations, like cafes and such, I like the sugar maple Vater Recording sticks.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I am a long time Regal Tip fan mainly due to the lacquer finish . I have dry hands , they just don’t sweat and I find Regal Tip’s finish feels best for me . I have used so many different models from so many different manufacturers and I always seem to go back the Regal Tip 8a maple . I can do all my gigs with this stick . It feels good in my hand , cymbals sound nice with this stick .
I do keep straying from the Regal Tip 8a as Regal Tip has been making some bad choices in their business activities and it seems to me that their Company longevity may be short lived . I hope I am wrong but my guy says I am not . Now if Vic Firth made the Peter Erskine Big Band stick in double glaze , that would be my stick . I have never played a stick where cymbals sounded as nice and the stick just plays itself and was so versatile .

Like sticks , I have owned dozens of brush models over the years and my two favourite models are both by Regal Tip - The Ed Thigpen and The Clayton Cameron . Both are fantastic models .
 

evolving_machine

Silver Member
First favorite stick was Regal Tip Jake Hanna, then went to 5a xt, now doing Elvin Jones for band and gigs, and 5a xt for practice, still use marching sticks on the pads.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I also float between Vic Firth 3a's, and Pro Mark PWP808 Shakira Kashi Oak sticks. And the float is usually caused by what I want to hear on the ride cymbal. The Pro Marks really make the ride cymbal speak, but are a tad lighter in my hands. The Vic's feel better in my hands, but are a bit more mellow on the ride...
 

timmdrum

Silver Member
I like sticks that have a medium, round or nearly-round tip; seems like they rebound more. I played Promark 808 (Billy Cobham model, for a long time, until he changed companies) sticks for nearly 30 years; always liked the 707 model (Simon Phillips) also, and dug the extra length also, but felt the 5A thickness was too thin for my purposes. I finally made the switch about 3 months ago, and I'm glad I did. I don't need the extra thickness of the between-5A-and-5B size of the 808 model anymore.
 

evans_69

Silver Member
Promark 747 hickory or the oak version. I do have a soft spot for Vater though as I used them for years before switching to Promark.
 

blinky

Senior Member
Been through a lot of different sticks the last few years, I think I've settled for VF 5B double glaze, the laquer finish is perfect for my dry hands, and weight is good too. I play with regular 5A's with my little jazz band though, but I will buy some in laquer when I've gone through them.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Been through a lot of different sticks the last few years, I think I've settled for VF 5B double glaze, the laquer finish is perfect for my dry hands, and weight is good too. I play with regular 5A's with my little jazz band though, but I will buy some in laquer when I've gone through them.
I wonder if they make 3a's in the double glaze...I have real dry hands as well. I can play a 2 hour summer gig, and have no sweat on my hands.
 

Scottie15

Senior Member
Anything hickory. Tried Japanese Oak and they ended up just hurting my hands.

Durability on hickory sucks though, but you don't get a better feel than hickory.
 

Weave2112

Active member
I have 3 sticks I'm switching between at the moment, all Vic Firth: Peter Erskine Big Band; Steve Gadd Signature; MJC4 maple. They all feel great, so I keep all 3 in the stick bag. Eventually, I'll narrow it down to one.
 

Ronzo

Junior Member
Currently trying out some VF Questlove sticks and so far I am liking them. Diameter feels like jazz stick with a little more reach.
 

Ruok

Silver Member
Some here may know that I've been wondering if Promark has a certain general sound that I prefer compared to other brands. For decades I've been basically purchasing Vater, Vic Firth and Regal Tips and I have my favorites in all of them. So I recently tried out a Promark Classic 5A oval tipped hickory pair. So far? I'm in love. 😍

Update Edit: I just got a second pair of the Promark Classic 5A hickory oval tip for my stick bag. I was hoping it would be just like the first pair. The second pair was noticeably heavier, which was kind of a bummer. I realize that there is variability among the same wood, so I shouldn't be that surprised. I'm glad that I got the lighter pair first that I love, because I may not have bought another pair if I thought they were all as heavy as the second pair.
 
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drumnut87

Well-known member
pellwood drumsticks' russell gilbrook "animal stick" signature model is my favourite atm, though im looking into getting my own custom stick made.
 
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