The Most Rare Signature Drumsticks Of All Time?

Shawn Martin

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I’ve got 60-80 pair of vintage artist model sticks (I’ve never counted them). The rarest would probably be from the photo, the first year of Slingerland Gene Krupa sticks from 1937. They have “Slingerland” and “Gene Krupa Model” printed on separate lines, which was quickly changed to the usual single line.

Aside from these, I have a pair of Gene’s personal brushes that he used during the “Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements” sessions…given to me by a close friend who was one of Gene’s drum students. Have another 8-10 pairs of different years of Slingerland GK models, Buddy Rich Slingerland, WFL, Ludwig, Rogers, Pro Drum Shop Models, Louie Bellson Gretsch, Rogers, Slingerland, several different Pro-Mark models, and his Rogers Stick-Brush. Joe Morello WFL & Ludwigs. Gretsch Mel Lewis, Art Blakey, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne (sticks he personally used), Leedy Jack Sperling. Slingerland Louis Hayes, Peter Erskine, Bobby Morris, Jake Jerger. Pearl Shelly Manne. Premier Kenny Clarke. Ludwig Jo Jones. Ludwig & Pro-Mark Ed Shaughnessy…I need to catalog them one of these days, before I drop dead and they all end up in the dump. Lol
 

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I have a pair of Ludwig 2A Dino Danelli sticks. I also have 2 pairs of VF American Beauty 5B sticks that were made for a very brief time the mid 80's. They were extremely brittle & broke very easily which is probably why VF didn't continue with them. They're dark brown & still in the original plastic.
 
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Never heard of a "signature drum stick" until the early-mid 90's.
Found a pair of Dave Weckl sticks and thought I'd give them a try.
Bought two pairs, because I thought there might be something to this.
One pair were shredded into sawdust in minutes (...and have never done Maple again, since).
Still have the other pair. Never played. Still in their sleeve....maybe they'll be worth something, some day. =)

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Some very rare Neil sticks here
 

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I posted these before. Only pair I have ever seen.
 

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Saw these on Ebay. Seller had some signature models available but no more than one pair. I am assuming EJ stands for Elvin Jones. I have a bout 4 pairs left of the Cappella Jazz model which IMO are so easy to play and extremely durable! Not totally straight some of them but its OK. Lets see how these feel...coming soon!
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Pearl 116A Rikiya Higashihara Signature Sticks. Hickory. The current version is 116H and it's still available in Japan. Whenever I get to Japan, it is always interesting to check out the stores there because some of the products are for Japanese market only.

This model got my attention because it's slightly cigar shaped.
I don't use them any more, but still own some pairs.

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Pearl 116A Rikiya Higashihara Signature Sticks. Hickory. The current version is 116H and it's still available in Japan. Whenever I get to Japan, it is always interesting to check out the stores there because some of the products are for Japanese market only.

This model got my attention because it's slightly cigar shaped.
I don't use them any more, but still own some pairs.

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Very cool. Kind of double Butt-end design. Akira Jimbo has a slight taper in his model stick from Virth. Next time I'm in Japan will also have to check out!
 


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