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technique2012





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No. 1 Posted on Nov 6, 2012 4:20 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
What sticks do you play? In addition, what brushes and rutes?
I use TONS of different sticks, but my most frequent ones are the Vic Firth Peter Erskine Ride Stick, the Vic Firth Dave Weckl Evolutions (THE BEST PAIR OF STICKS EVER MADE), and Regal Tip Nylon 5Bs. I use the Regal Tip Jeff Hamiltons for brushes and I just use the original Vic Firth Rutes. As you might have noticed a few sentences ago, I love the Dave Weckl Evolutions.



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No. 2 Posted on Nov 6, 2012 6:07 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I tend to use Promark 5B Naturals


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No. 3 Posted on Nov 6, 2012 8:00 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Vic Firth SD10 Swingers.

Different sets of non-retractable brushes.

A couple of different rods. I don't remember the names any more.



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No. 4 Posted on Nov 6, 2012 9:19 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
ProMark 733 Micheal Carvin model.
A myriad of brushes for different needs. I have Jeff Hamilton sig brushes but find them too stiff for some things I like to do.
Premier mallets.



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No. 5 Posted on Nov 7, 2012 7:50 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I'm a Promark Oak type of guy.

Shira Kashi™ Oak 707 Ed Shaughnessy Wood Tip Round
Shira Kashi™ Oak 719 Stephen Perkins Wood Tip Round
Shira Kashi™ Oak Ja "Jazz" Drumstick Wood Tip Oval

Over the years I played small diameter sticks with nylon tips. The nylon seemed to bring out the ping on cymbals more and worked good from big stages in large dance halls. Then I started playing in smaller venues and the high pitch ping seemed to be too much. Plus I needed a change and started to experiment.

Being some what an Ed Shaughnessy fan I tried the 707 round tip stick and fell in love with the feel of rounds tip sticks. I also found out when playing with finesse at low volumes the larger heavy stick would bring out the tone of the drum with ease. I also like the feel of the 719 round tip stick, it's a smaller diameter stick and a little easier to play in small venues at low volume.

There are times when I really need to play so soft but yet play some nice intricate stuff I'll use the Promark Jazz.

sherm

PS: I plan to try Peters suggestion of the extra small round tip sticks.



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No. 6 Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:01 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I'm currently using Vater Gospel Sticks. Gospels come in three sizes: 5A, Fusion and 5B. I lean toward 5A and Fusion. 5B is there in case I ever need to be heard. The Gospels are Ball tipped sticks.

I haven't purchased any Maple sticks for some time, and need to. I'm pretty sure I'm going for Vater Sugar Maple Sweet Ride or Phat Ride and likely Sugar Maple Ball.

I have a few pair of Ahead sticks, which I now use as back-ups.

{ I generally prefer "A" size sticks, though I have A's and B's in my bag }

I've been playing :
- Flix Brushes (plastic, not wire; and I should make it a point to pick up good wire brushes)
- Flix Sticks (Which are Rods)
- Flix Tips (lighter weight Rods with a nylon drumstick "tip" bound in the center of the Rods).

Note to self : Need to get a couple pair of mallets.



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No. 7 Posted on Nov 7, 2012 9:51 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I am really enjoying Vic Firth SD4 Combos right now. They're maple, very light, very precise.


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No. 8 Posted on Nov 8, 2012 12:43 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I used to always use a variety of Zildjian drumsticks, mostly 5B, but sometimes I even used 2B.

Now that I've started to drum much more frequently after finishing school, I decided to change drumsticks and I am still on my first pair of ProMark 5B Natural, just like Mr. RvJim, and I am very happy with what they offer and see no reasons to change back to Zildjian drumsticks.



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No. 9 Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:10 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
JD turned me on to Vater Fusions. He uses wood tip but I prefer nylon.....I like 'em a lot. Light but long enough for some leverage to get a good punch and durable.


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No. 10 Posted on Dec 6, 2012 5:13 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Vic Firth's Cools (I don't have big hands like most drummers/guys do)

Vic Firth's live Wire brushes

Vic Firth Dreadlocks

Vic Firth Rutes

And that's about it.



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No. 11 Posted on Dec 7, 2012 10:45 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Vic Firth all the way..Vic Firth Extreme 5As or Bs... Vic Firth Thomas Lang signature sticks. Vic Firth Brushes and brutes..
I tried Vaters and Pro Marks and do not like neither they feel weird not my pair I guess..



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No. 12 Posted on Dec 11, 2012 6:51 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Vic Firth 5Bs.Don't use brushes,I have some Promarks but have never used them. I do use Thunder sticks or whatever they are called. My pair is about wore out but I like how they fill and sound so I will use em till their ain't any wood left!lol







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No. 13 Posted on Dec 13, 2012 4:03 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
doh! That should read Vic Firth's 8 Ds


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No. 14 Posted on Dec 16, 2012 4:54 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I just recently switched to the Vic Firth Gavin Harrison's because I needed way more power in my playing after my director kept pushing me to play louder.


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No. 15 Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:14 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
technique2012 wrote:
I just recently switched to the Vic Firth Gavin Harrison's because I needed way more power in my playing after my director kept pushing me to play louder.


Exactly the reason why I carry at least 3 sizes of sticks in my bag. Yesterday while playing in a large hall I had to use my largest set mainly to projest tone qualitity. And yes I did play a little louder.

Work smartter not harder; a larger stick can help in some ways.

sherm



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No. 16 Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:52 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I would have to say 'Crystal Ball', followed by 'Equinox'.




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No. 17 Posted on Dec 19, 2012 8:42 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Dave wrote:
I would have to say 'Crystal Ball', followed by 'Equinox'.


Well, Mr. Roboto, it seems you bid us 'Come Sail Away' to hear these gems ...



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No. 18 Posted on Dec 20, 2012 9:04 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
OldFart wrote:
Well, Mr. Roboto, it seems you bid us 'Come Sail Away' to hear these gems ...

Doh! I deserved that.





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No. 19 Posted on Dec 30, 2012 1:53 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Vic Firth 7A


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