Vic Firth wood shaft beater

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Giving this unique Vic beater a run. So far I really like it. A consistently solid stoke that seems to be giving me a more full sound. A nice balance too that is making quiet kicks easier to control. I watched a VF video on this where they talked about the balance, comparing the usual beater to swinging a sledge hammer and I can see what they mean.

Worth the $25 me thinks!

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That's cool. I've been using the Innovative Chris McHugh beater which gets a nice full sound as well
 

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I have that VicKick Wood Shaft model too, but I don't feel much difference in balance that you mentioned, maybe I'll try it out more. I compared it with a Danmar standard round felt and liked the Danmar a bit more because of familiarity I suppose. Another thing I noticed is the rod itself could be a bit longer. I prefer a hefty wallop for most gigging so plastic/felt reversible beaters like Gibraltar self-aligning are still my most used and likely always will be.

Glad you're enjoying yours though.....I'll give mine another shot.
 

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Funny. I had a Guitar Center gift card and was perusing their website this morning and put a couple of things in the cart and had about 25 bucks left. Happened to notice this beater by chance and thought "what the heck, I'll give it a shot" and ordered it. An hour later I see this thread.
 

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That's cool. I've been using the Innovative Chris McHugh beater which gets a nice full sound as well
I like that one a lot, but it does feel top heavy to me. I use one of those adjustable weights on the shaft to balance it.
 

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I just picked purchased the VK5 beater as well and also really like it. I replaced my Pearl duo beater with it! Was interested in how it compares to the VK1 since they're both felt... I guess the VK1 can vary it's feel based on which surface strikes the head.
 
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I like that one a lot, but it does feel top heavy to me. I use one of those adjustable weights on the shaft to balance it.
It's also the weight that gives it that sound to me. Some guys I hear using the small flat Tama beaters have no booty in their sound. But I hear you. And somehow other beaters like the DW can feel even heavier.
 

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I'm currently using a gibralter felt beater. It is heavy but I tend to like the weight. I'm not sure how I'd feel with a pedal where I dont take advantage of the weight the beater provides. I do have a heavy foot, tend to play loud and play hard rock and classic metal.
 

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I've had one of these in my shopping cart on Reverb for like 6 months. Don't know why I have been so resistant to pulling the trigger.
 

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I've had one of these in my shopping cart on Reverb for like 6 months. Don't know why I have been so resistant to pulling the trigger.
Because it's so different. I was in the same boat but the price was good so I grabbed it.
 


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