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Hammond101
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Oct 7th, 2011 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Brand, model, nylon or wood tip?

I'm a Promark guy usually playing 747 or 707s mostly nylon tip as I like the projection for cymbal work.

You guys?

garp
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Oct 7th, 2011 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’m not brand-loyal when it comes to sticks. But like you, I prefer nylon tips for the brightness they offer with cymbals. My stick bag currently contains Pro-Mark 747s, Regal Tip American Hickory 7As, and Vic Firth American Classic 7As.

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Oct 8th, 2011 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like Vic F America Classic 7A's, recently I bought a pair of Vic F Stanton Moore Sig, very similar to the diameter of the 7A's but with a little more length..

I keep some no name 5A's in my bag just in case I need to hit really hard..

(This message was last edited by mortar at 11:23 AM, Oct 8th, 2011)

Hammond101
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Oct 10th, 2011 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I keep some no name 5A's in my bag just in case I need to hit really hard.. "

I keep a pair of 2B sticks with my practic pad and bang away with them on the rubber. I have a pair of 5As in my stick bag as well...just in case.

I seem to get more life out of the Promarks. I like the close grain and consistancy of the sticks.

cfender
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Oct 11th, 2011 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was loyal to Regal 5a wood tips for years. For drum kit I don't go any lighter than the 5a. Recently I've used some of my sons non-Regal 5a's. Vic Firth regular 5a's and the "kinetic force" models. I know others have referred to 5a's as their bashing stick but I'm not a heavy hitter at all. 7a's feel too unsubstantial to me.

For snare drum I use the Vic Firth maple sticks with the ball bead. I can't remember the model number but they have been a standard for orchestral work for years.

My current favorite stick for the kit however is the Vater Jimmy Cobb signature model. Actually a litte heavier than a 5a but with a fabulous stubby bead that sounds great laying jazz time on a ride cymbal.

Lazmo

Oz

Oct 31st, 2011 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5B ...

For years it was 5B Hickory Funk sticks by an Oz stickmaker, which were fantastic, but sadly he passed away. After my supply ran out, the closest I could find to that shape and feel was the Zildjian Louie Bellson Saturn Tip stick. The Saturn tip makes my cymbals sound brighter for about a week till it’s worn off, whatever… but the stick has the right balance for me, as I like a lot of shoulder up near the tip.

I have 7A’s and some other smaller sticks, but they feel like pencils and I lose control, while 5A’s feel OK to hold but have the wrong balance for me… so I can actually play quieter with the 5B’s.

If I have to really play quietly, I use Hotrods, which still feel large enough in my hands.

But hey, back in the 70’s I used Ludwig 2B sticks, held backwards, hitting hard to compete with big cranked amps… thankfully, things have changed.


Lazmo

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Nov 1st, 2011 05:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, I forgot to mention, it is wood tips for me.

I prefer the "tock" sound of wood tips on my ride than the "ting" of nylon.


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Nov 3rd, 2011 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bounce between 7a and 5a wood tip currently with Vic Firths but I'm not that brand choosey anymore.

I was a 2B nylon tip slammer through the 70s and 80s but I've mellowed a little.
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Nov 13th, 2011 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vic Firth Hickory American Classic Rock, only because that is what the drummer left here.

Thanks for the additional responses, gives perspective for experimenting.

Edit, went to GC and did some hands on and am now getting familiar with VF 5B's. Smaller than the rock but not the tooth pics of some of the other models.

(This message was last edited by CheesyBob at 09:19 AM, Nov 27th, 2011)

burtonfan

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Mar 27th, 2012 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I usually use Pro-Mark Millenium II 7A's.

Dr Bass MD
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Mar 27th, 2012 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

7As with nylon tips. Brand doesn't matter.

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Mar 27th, 2012 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm with you Hammond101. I use oak Pro Mark 747's,with a nylon tip as I too love that sound on the cymbals.

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Apr 22nd, 2012 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Zildjian dip--5A--wood tip--hick'ry

(This message was last edited by busta string at 08:40 AM, Apr 22nd, 2012)

insanecooker
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May 24th, 2012 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used to be Zildjian 5B nylons. I haven't played my kit in almost 3 years now, so it might change.

garp
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Connecticut USA

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May 24th, 2012 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Three years?!? Don’t risk excommunication, my friend. (;oD

insanecooker
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Houston, TX

May 24th, 2012 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah!

It's tough moving around the world with a drumkit!

Lazmo

Oz

May 24th, 2012 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

and a serious drumkit at that...



super mario
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USA

tone to the bone no other way
Aug 26th, 2012 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

7a nylon tip is the usual size. Pro Mark Millenium II's is what I use even though there are others in the stick bag. The size works well in my main drum duties these days in our church band which is two weeks on two weeks off. The other two weeks is playing bass guitar when not drumming. Pretty much always been a 7a nylon tip player. Have considered something like 5b's to get a thicker rim shot.

Lazmo

Oz

Aug 27th, 2012 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Have considered something like 5b's to get a thicker rim shot" --- that you will... but beware other stuff'll get louder too, if you don't watch out :-)



Hammond101
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Aug 28th, 2012 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Drums are wierd volume wise. It's the loud cymbal crashes and too much hat that disturbs an audience. Snare can do it too but if it's at a good level with the kit a good whack twice a measure sounds pretty good. As with all things in life it's all about balance.

I really learned the above when I started recording my drums. Most live gigs you don't get a sound guy FOH so you have to do it on you own and get it all balanced.

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