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« Reply #40 on: August 16, 2004, 04:30 PM »
I use Vic Firth 85A. I have small hands so they fit me the best.  I also use Zildjian Dennis Chambers. The Vic Firth is my first choice due to better quality.

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« Reply #41 on: August 16, 2004, 10:13 PM »
I usually use Vater Power 5b nylon tips. those seem to do the trick for me.

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« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2004, 08:49 AM »
I've used all kinds. But my favorite are 2B's usually from zildjian. But vic's are just as good. I have a bunch I got from GC I'm usein right now that work just dandy. Some 5B's and 2B's.

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« Reply #43 on: August 17, 2004, 08:55 AM »
I use three sizes:
  • Aquarian X-10 Graphite 3A for most stuff
  • Aquarian X-10 Graphite 5B for heavier stuff and session work
  • Bargain-bin wood 7A for light stuff and jazz


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« Reply #44 on: August 18, 2004, 11:22 AM »
My favorites are Vic Firth's; more durable than Zildjian's and not as heavy as ProMark's. And they offer the same models with different tip shapes for different sounds.
5B's for drumset, Terry Bozzio's Phase 2 (great feel, both tips) or Bashiri Johnson's timbale/percussion mallet (records great, specially on blocks) when playing mounted percussion while playing congas at the same time, and Zildjian Luis Conte's for timbales.
Think I'll give Vater a try. To many good references to let it pass by. By the way, how does a Vater 5B compares to a VicFirth 5B (weight)?

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« Reply #45 on: August 21, 2004, 08:56 AM »
Vic Firth Jojo Mayer - for the louder stuff.  like the length of VF's 7A, yet the same tip and beef as the 5A.  makes for a fast yet powerful feel.

ProMark "Bill Burford" SD-4 - its basically PM's version of VF's SD-4 maple stick w/ the barrel tip.  and yet, these are a tad longer, with a slightly slimmer taper.  incredibly fast feel, and the 5 pairs i bought recently are on average as light feeling a pair of Hot Rods!

I just started to use the Trueline 5A sticks.  These are the sticks with the "bump" sort of in the middle.  I've always had problems with my hands sliding towards the ends of the sticks.  Not with these sticks - the bump gives me something to grab.  

http://www.trueline.com

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i recently tried a pair of the Billy Ward signature sticks and liked them alot.  much slimmer than the 5A or Rock model, with an articulate ball tip.  and funny enough, i find their standards for the 5A and 5B WAAAY bigger than VF or Vater.  kinda weird.

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« Reply #46 on: September 09, 2004, 10:14 PM »
vic firth 5a!

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« Reply #47 on: September 10, 2004, 06:35 AM »
Another vote for VF 5As.  I switched to Johnny Rabb's for a while and liked them better, but he's not making them any longer.  So I'm back to the VFs.

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« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2004, 07:17 PM »
i switch between vater 5a and ahead 5a

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« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2004, 07:48 PM »
Ive been a fan of Buddy Rich's stick way back before VF even sold them.  Ludwig made a model, 15AL (laminated maple) that were identical to the now VF Buddy Rich Sigs.  I use the Rich sigs for heavier work.  What I like most about these sticks is the fact that due to the long, beadless taper, the majority of the stick's weight is closer to the fulcrum.  This gives a more effortless feel (especially in my traditional hand) with the stick feeling like it's moving around the fulcrum, not in front of it.  So for rock, funk, or louder worship settings, I use the BR sigs.

For the longest time, for jazz and fusion, I used the Weckl sigs (back then they still painted the tips and your coated heads looked like the underside of a bandaid withing 10 mins.)  Then about 5 years ago I switched to VF Erskine sigs.  They felt nice, and I loved the tip.  But when the VF Erskine Ride's came out I loved them so much, I forgot about the regualr Erskine sticks.  I used the ride sticks up until about 2 months ago.

In a rehearsal, I was working with my K ride, swinging away to So What, or Footprints or something and as an experiment, I switched from my Erskine Ride to my BR sig.  I was amazed at the difference in sound in my ride!  So I got to thinking, how do the other sticks sound on the K??  I tried every stick in my bag: VF 5As, VF Extreme 5A, VF SD1 Generals, Vater Studios, Vater Chad Smith Funkblasters.  Then I came to a pair of Jack Dejohnette sigs that I had gotten several months back and tried those.  I couldn't believe how good this stick sounded on that cymbal.  The overtones were magnificent and the "tah" of the ride was PERFECT!!

I later tried the stick comparisons on both my 21" Sweet Ride, and 20" A Medium Ride, but neither of those displayed as much tonal variations from the different stick models I tried (perhaps the traditional quality of the K).  So now, I'm using the Dejohnette sigs for all my jazz work.  It's made my K sound 100% better.

Now I know just how much a stick can change the sound of a ride.  Sweet.  The end.

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« Reply #50 on: September 12, 2004, 05:26 AM »


Now I know just how much a stick can change the sound of a ride.  

I'm going to try some other brands for that reason. I've used Regal tip 7A for many years because they fit my small hand, plus I've learned how to work them for different sounds. But based on the comments from this board I'm going to experiment. Thanks for the input.  ;)

 

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