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No. 1 Posted on Jun 17, 2013 9:49 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I'd read here and elsewhere about Ahead sticks and always assumed they were a gimmick, or for "heavy hitters" who chewed up a lot of sticks or had bad technique. On the way to the gig on Saturday, I stopped at a music store to pick up some more sticks; they were out of the model I wanted, so I decided to purchase a pair of Ahead sticks instead, just to see what they were all about.

I didn't expect to like them, and I bought them more to curb my curiosity than with any expectation of playing them regularly, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I bought them in 7A size, and I was really impressed by their responsiveness. There seemed to be a lot more rebound than I'd expect from a wooden 7A, and I found that I could play double strokes with a little more speed and ease than normal.

I knew these sticks were supposed to last longer than wood, but I didn't expect that I'd actually appreciate the feel and response as much as I did. They might just turn out to be my go-to sticks.

The only drawback was that I dropped a stick at 2 different times during the gig, and normally when that happens, I just reach into the stick bag attached to my floor tom and grab another one. At $35/pair, I don't have any spare Aheads yet. If I decide to keep playing with them, I might have to get a backup pair.

Just thought I'd share my experience in case anyone else was considering them. Not what I expected at all.


pgdrums edited on Jun 17, 2013 9:51 AM


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No. 2 Posted on Jun 17, 2013 10:29 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Wow ...

I have a pair of 5B, 5A and 7A Ahead sticks.

I'm more partial to A sizes where sticks rated in B or A sizes are concerned.

You've concluded something nearly identical to my findings. I don't play out as you do, so my reasoning is a bit different. Ahead sticks seem to be made well, though, and I truly like them.

Ultimately, I concluded that they'd be my Go-To back-up sticks owing more to weight than anything else.

I think they're great and they're advertised as having vibration-dampening qualities. I can't show that they do or don't dampen, but I don't get the same buzz in my hands over time (and my hands and wrists are sensitive to vibration).

So the roughly $100 investment in Ahead sticks means that I'm set for some time. I hoped to purchase a couple of their Mallet heads to use on my 5B's, but got distracted with other things. I might just do that next opportunity.

Glad you brought this up -



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No. 3 Posted on Jun 17, 2013 6:26 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I got a pair given to me by Jason Pierce. I also like the length and feel of them. I enjoyed the bounce and control of them as well. However I did break them.



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No. 4 Posted on Jun 18, 2013 7:27 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Crusher wrote:
I got a pair given to me by Jason Pierce. I also like the length and feel of them. I enjoyed the bounce and control of them as well. However I did break them.

Hello Crusher - How are you?

What is Jason up to these days? I remember his band 'The Weekend'. Is he still playing?





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No. 5 Posted on Jun 20, 2013 5:12 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I have a pair of Ahead size 2B. They're nice sticks but I prefer traditional wood sticks with nylon tips. The Aheads tend to be a little slippery and heavy...but only slightly. They're still decent sticks and I do like them.



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No. 6 Posted on Jul 1, 2013 1:02 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Thanks for reminding me that I have some.....somewhere...


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No. 7 Posted on Jul 2, 2013 8:34 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Dave wrote:
Hello Crusher - How are you?

What is Jason up to these days? I remember his band 'The Weekend'. Is he still playing?


I haven't talked to Jason in a long time but knowing him if he is breathing he is playing lol. I did an update thread in General talk to answer your question about me.




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