What’s your favorite stick?

James Walker

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Old Johnny Rabb sticks for me. I stocked up back when the company closed up shop, and then augmented things when I found a bunch of NOS about a year and a half ago.

7A (ball, acorn or mushroom tip) for jazz
5A or the Keltner "JK Traditional" model (basically a 5B ) for general business.

I've also got seven or eight pair of the "SLIM" model (not pictured), similar to a 7A. Close to, but not quite exactly the same as, Rabb's vaunted Keltner "JK SLIM" model.

Rabb made my favorite brushes as well.


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While reading an archived interview in Modern Drummer of Sandy Nelson, I learned what I believe was the secret of his tight yet meaty sound. He said that he loved playing with the Promark Oak sticks. I bought a pair and never looked back. I think what I have are the 727, nylon tips.
 

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5B-2B and in between.
Vic Firth Rod Morgenstiens, Harvey Mason model, real dark wood with a real small round tip, not sure that model is made anymore...
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Anyone remember the Duraline brand? Sticks were white kevlar or fiberglass? The had heads as well same materials. I managed to break both as a teen.
They sure do! But, I remember back in the 1990s when the finish was beautiful, like a translucent walnut. The same with the Weckls and the DeJohnettes, Buddy Rich, and so on—just a beautiful crimson and bone white finish that really showed the grain and inspired me to play well. A little after they started leaving the tips blank is about when it all changed to the garish paint-like lacquer; maybe 2000. I miss it!
 

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In fact, here we go:
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Actually, I'd probably say that the vintage DW stick would be my favorite, aside from the tiny sticks I have for light cymbal playing, and orchestral types for snare and fooling on the pad.
 
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Right now, my stick choices are this.

Rock= Vic Firth Steve Smith sigs or 5B
Jazz= Vic Firth SD4 with a shaved down tip
Pad= Vic Firth 5B or SD2 Bolero

All wood tip.

Throughout my life I have gone through many sizes. At the time I thought each one was IT! Harvey Mason sigs. Steve Gadd sigs. 5A Maple. 8D. 8D Maple. SD4 Hickory. 5B Maple. SD2 (for the set.)

There have been other sizes that I can't remember. But always Vic Firth!

On my next VF order I might try out each of the four "new" jazz sizes that they introduced a few years back.

Who knows....
MSG
 

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VF 5B wood.

Comfortable, good sound on drums and cymbals, does everything I need it to, and I’m yet to find a drum/music store that doesn’t have some on the shelf.
 

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Regal Tip 5A since the late 80's. Recently Regal Tip 5AX, a bit longer and thinner but nicely balanced.
On a whim recently, I bought some Vater Sessions and they felt great, nicely balanced but the tips chipped after 2 wks. of just general playing/practicing.
My lds has some Ludwig 5A's that felt nice, olive tip, 16" might give 'em a try.
 

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I play 3 different models depending on the situation...

Light and low volume = Regal Tip Combos
General work horse model = Regal Tip JAZZ (both nylon & wood)
High volume = Vic Firth Quest Love
 

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Vic Firth 5A Wood Tip Double Glaze.

Vic personally gave me a pair of the first 5As when he introduced them in 1981 and to this day, there’s nothing better for me (though I did use Zildjian sticks in the 90s/2000s for obvious reasons). I was using Steve’s (Gadd) sticks for a bit, but came back to 5As.
 

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In fact, here we go:
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Actually, I'd probably say that the vintage DW stick would be my favorite, aside from the tiny sticks I have for light cymbal playing, and orchestral types for snare and fooling on the pad.
When I heard about the Dave Weckl sticks, the "signature stick" was something I'd never heard of before. Thinking it may be a fad, I bought two (pairs).
Used one and learned how fragile Maple sticks are.
The other pair, I kept for posterity. I still have them in their original sleeve.
Looks just like those seen in the ad Joe A posted.

...as for my personal preferences, I currently like using Promark Select Hickory Rebound Balance .565's and Vater Matrix sticks.
The Promarks seem to make any cymbal they touch sound just a little better, but sometimes they're too much for the cymbal I'm using. During those times, I use the Vater's.…….and sometimes I just use the Vater's. :evil4:


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When I heard about the Dave Weckl sticks, the "signature stick" was something I'd never heard of before. Thinking it may be a fad, I bought two (pairs).
Used one and learned how fragile Maple sticks are.
The other pair, I kept for posterity. I still have them in their original sleeve.
Looks just like those seen in the ad Joe A posted.

Elvis
I located a gently used pair in a local Facebook group of mine, too. Excited to see them again!
 

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Joe,

What years did VF do the original red Dave Weckl sticks?
I'm thinking I've had mine for about 25 years now.

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Pro Mark Shira Kashi 5a. The hickory kept cracking on me, and I rarely crack sticks. No idea.

For rehearsals in close quarters, tiny venues: Vic Firth Steve Gadds, but wish they had not changed the paint. (Why did they change the paint?)
 

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In answer to the thread title I was gonna say Thai Stick but then you said drumsticks in your first post so Vic Firth Questlove clear finish.
 

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Promark 747's. Used 'em since 1974.

These were one of my favorites starting out in the 80s. I was away from drumming for about 15 years. After coming back and getting to know things again, I've found that Vater 2b hickorys are EXCELLENT. I tried Pro Mark balanced 5bs, some cheapy Stagg sticks 2b. . .definitely like the Vaters.
 

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Promark mostly:
PW7AW Shira Hashi Oak; what ever that means. LOL For lite duty low volume venues.
PW727W Shira Hashi Oak, for my normal playing gigs
Ed Shanshnesy 707, ball tip; occasional higher volume needs, also good for a long smooth drum roll

I wanted to try something different and purchased a Zildjian Heavy 5A Laminated Birch. I wanted something with more mass in weight but thin. They are thinner than most 5A's I believe but too heavy for me and it's hard to find a good balance with them. I'll do more experimenting.

sherm
 

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