just looking at getting some new stick's ( i need some new 7As ) and just thought i would ask
what size sticks do you like?
what kind of tip?
do you use multiple sizes?
do you practice with a different size then you play with?
i am not a real drum just a hack that can keep a basic rhythm and time when needed.
i liked the 2Bs with nylon tips forever but over the years i am down to 7As and wood tips.
anyone seen these yet?
i think i am going to give them a try.
5a's and 5b's, hickory, Wood tips of course. I always thought that plastic tips are for heavy guys. I don't like the way the plastic sounds on cymbals. (It can beam you up to mars) I used to play a lot of jazz, back then I was using sd4's, 7a's or Elvin Jones signature sticks.
For jazz or lighter pop I like Vic Firth Peter Erskine original signature stick. Really light and with a piccolo tip (round, small), great for quick light touches on the rides...
For regular pop I mostly use 7A, I enjoy Vic and Zildjian in that size. A little different weighted, and Vic has tear drop tip, the Zildjian has a rounder tip.
For hiphop, reggae and rnb I often use Vic Firth extreme 5B. These are also good for heavy slow rock etc, but I don't play that much. I also often mix n match different sticks, especially choosing a lighter stick for hihat hand in hiphop/rnb.
Another great thing to have is timbale sticks; I use them mostly as a percussionist on blocks, bongos etc but also on drumset for a trashy, oldschool reggae sound.
I prefer hickory sticks, and always wood tips - the plastic tips sounds so bleh on cymbals. That being said, I just bought a bigpack of noname kind of 7A maple sticks with wooden barrel tips (to have some extras around for practice and the girls I teach drums) and I quite like them too...
For Jazz and lighter playing the Peter Erskine's are great- good bounce at a low volume
For in between stuff I like the Vic Firth Steve Gadd model- the black ones. It's odd but they really have a deeper sound than most other sticks. They sound and feel great and have a broad range, but the wood tips do wear out quickly.
for louder rock things, I like Regal Tip Rocks. Everything else is wood tip, but the Rocks I have in wood and nylon tips. They are a bit longer than most sticks so you can get slightly more leverage
I always carry 2 pairs of each of the above.
additionally I always keep some timbale sticks, mallets, brushes and Rods in the bag. I also have a pair of Vic Firth SD5 Echo sticks. These are very thin with a counterbalanced handle for playing extremely soft.
I have lots of sticks and mallets but my default stick for drumset playing is the mighty hickory Regal-Tip 5B nylon. (I roll 'em to find the straight ones and then sort through those and get the 'heavier' ones because the wood desity tends to vary a lot! )
I also like their Blasticks quite a bit for special uses.
For snare drum stuff (rudimental/symphonic) I prefer the Vic Firth Bolero model (roll to find perfect straightness and then try to prefectly pitch match a pair of course! )
Those Hornets look pretty cool but I haven't tried them. I'd be concerned that the handle tapper would force me into holding them in only one position but . . . . I'll have to give them a try and find out!
It's a funny practicing with one size stick and then switching to another for playing!
I switch back and forth between Vater 5b with an acorn shaped tip to some Travis Barker signature sticks. The Vater 5b's are bassball bats! They generate a huge sound due to their mass. I matched up the heaviest I could find. But... practicing and playing too long with these was preventing me from playing at the faster tempos. So I switch back and forth to the Travis Barkers because they are lite and still feel like they can rock. So now I go back and forth to get beyond my sticking points (no pun intended honest)!
I feel like I'm going from one stick to another to gain skills that apply to using both.
I guess we're all trying to build the right muscles with the bigger sticks and the reaction times with the faster stick.
YES, the Buddy Rich's are a great stick . . . great weighty feel in the hand, but without losing any control. I feel like i play better with them. plus they're white and look badass under blacklight (not that i have a blacklight ...) +1
Originally Posted by nandoanalog
Play with Buddy Rich signature sticks, practice with Mike Mangini signature sticks.
I love the bulge, it lets me keep my hands relaxed & in control.
I also don't much like the sound of plastic tips.
I tried a pair. They felt good in the store... I didn't dislike them... I was impressed that something so innovative didn't totally suck, as such ideas often do.
But for whatever reason, I did not fall in love with them either, so I never bought them again.
I think maybe I felt that the counterweighting of the bulge took away some leverage. You can't really WHIP them. In a way they are a mid-volume version of the SD 5 Echo "quiet" sticks I was talking about.