Gosh I haven't played those sticks since high school in the 80s I also remember trying the oak 808's (Billy Cobham) and 707's (Terry Bozzio). I never got the feel for oak, and when Vic Firth became available, I switched. I liked how the Firth sticks just slowly disintegrated, versus shattering. So my favorite is hickory - I've been playing Vater 5B's since the early 90s.I’ve been using vater power 5a’s and have to say they like right there in being almost perfect. I used to use the pro ark 747 oaks, and may go back. What’s everyone using and why?
Vic Firth American Classic 7a (hickory)
Geez. Am I the only one here playing 7A's?
Try a Vater 3A. Might hit your sweet spot hand fit wise as it did me.I use VF 2B Bolero due to medical reasons (had wrist surgery and thin sticks fall out of my R. hand). The only thing that sucks about them is they are maple and one usually loses a tip after a month as it wears down from the ride. I dream of that stick in hickory! I also play Zildjian Bill Stewart sticks. They are thin but I modded them with some electrical shrink wrap to thicken them and it provides a little grip. I have a few sets and the tips are still fully intact due to being hickory. The only oak sticks I have is a pair of Neil P. Promarks sig sticks that I barely played years ago and now are no longer played.
Hickory. Never used anything else, so can't compare. I'm a huge fan of 85A Freestyles (5A Freestyles when the song calls for them). I like the extra length of the 17"I’ve been using vater power 5a’s and have to say they like right there in being almost perfect. I used to use the pro ark 747 oaks, and may go back. What’s everyone using and why?