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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Vater Monster Brushes

Flytoo
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May 9th, 2012 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anybody here use these? If so, how do they differ from the old school wire brushes hat I use? The singer in our group saw another drummer using these and thought they sounded cool. Should I take the plunge?

garp
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May 15th, 2012 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haven't tried ’em, but they look neat.

Some drummers shy away from wire brushes as they can scratch cymbals over time. The synthetic material approach seems like it could have some potential value.

Flytoo
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May 15th, 2012 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks garp! Had no idea that wire brushes could do that. Back in the day, wire was all we had. I decided to order the Vater's so I'll find out what they're all about.

Lazmo

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May 16th, 2012 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They look like a variation on Promarks Hot Rods… which I’ve used for years for real small or quiet gigs. I’ve also got a no-name pair with bamboo rods, which are my favourites. Like the Vaters, both have an adjustable rubber band that goes around the bundle and makes them more brush-like when it is toward your hand… or more stick-like when the adjustable band is toward the end. I use mine set up more like a stick.

I doubt your singer thought they sounded cool… I bet your singer thought they sounded nice and quiet, which he/she thought was cool ;-)

Which they are… perfect for intimate acoustic gigs.


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May 16th, 2012 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lazmo, I suspect you're onto something about them being nice and quiet, LOL.

They arrived at my door late yesterday afternoon. I've been messing around with them on a hard wood surface and I think I'm going to like them a lot better than the wire brushes (although I'll keep the wires in my stick bag. I'm sure I'll still use them from time to time.) The Monster brushes appear to be louder than the wire brushes but quieter than sticks. They also appear to be more responsive than wires, or perhaps just easier to control? Like Lazmo said, they are more versatile as you have the option of moving the rubber band to get different sounds. We are gigging tonight, not sure if I'll bust them out or just wait till rehearsal tomorrow night?

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