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  Stick Selection

To get the best, longest lasting sticks, I also consider;
The highest pitched sticks, and matching pitch. Learned about this pitch thing after using Hinger sticks. (hollow aluminum) The actual voice from drum could not be better. Only problem, can't hit cymbals, or do rimshots, with them. Also playing an ostinato pattern with staccato grip would make sticks bend. Learned to make staccato and legato notes sound different. (to the point of discerning long roll played each way.) Also consider from percussionist standpoint; you must hit things with something harder then itself. You can't hit a triangle with a tympani mallet. Anyway we, (drum corps of my youth) noticed denser higher pitched sticks sounded better. Anyone remember densi-wood sticks, I forget (blocked out) which company. It was 76 and SCV and FRC corps, (my corps) after redefining pitch for outdoor drumming by an octave in 75, searched for heaviest and highest pitched sticks possible. The new trend required playing low. (2" taps 4 or 5" accents) They had 3" weights on front and we covered them with 2 layers of tape. We soon left that stupid heavy trend. Though quest for high pitch remained. We also played considerably higher by the time I left the sport. (taps starting at no measurement, dependant on volume. With accents (proven by video) sometimes behind our ears, dependant on volume. When playing real drums, sticks wore out (from hi-hat) or split lengthwise, as opposed to breaking. (I use Pro-Mark hickory 747 or Cobham 808 for change.) Used about 3 pair per 2 weeks. That's 12 gigs and rehearsals. Playing e-drums, I change sticks, when they start to feel dead. If they were used exclusively on rubber, about a year. If anyone hears of graphite sticks called Riff-Rite, let me know. They had cork handles. At the time,(10 years ago) at $60 a pair, a little pricey. (considering a wrong rim or cymbal could cause shattering) If I could find a pair now, it would be the last sticks I'll ever buy. (like a personal pool cue) Graphite is a great material for golf clubs, and hammers too. If anybody out there does construction work (where they still use hammers) they owe it to themselves to try graphite.


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