Top Ten Best Drumstick Makes

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Vic Firth
Vic Firth hand-whittled the first sticks himself from bulkier sticks and sent these prototypes to a wood turner in Montreal. The two prototypes that he sent would become the SD1 and SD2, the first two models of sticks ever manufactured by the Vic Firth, Inc.. As Firth himself states: "It came out of necessity not of imagination or my ability to start a company.

Today, the Vic Firth, Inc. product line has grown from the SD1 and SD2 to approximately 300 products in its catalog, and the company manufactures 12 million sticks a year.

brilliant. These are what I use - to be precise the american classic... the best
By far the best drumsticks in the world. I know it's only my opinion but in that opinion after playing drums for over 50 years and having tried every stick on the market, Vic firth are the best made, balanced, weight, always consistent. I use several models, depending on the gig at hand----Steve Gadd model----Steve Smith model---Extreme 5A---SD-1 Bolero---and I use the new 5B Rubber Tip Chop Builder and also the Thomas Lang model for the practice pad.
Ralph Onofrio New Haven Ct.
[Newest]The finish feels amazing, the balance is perfect, they have an enormous gigantic variety of sticks like I have never seen in my life, I've already compared it with every single brand you might think of and it never loses... It's just light, durable, after playing for very long you don't feel as much as you would with others, and in a hot day it doesn't get sticky because of the awesome finish... I love it.

2Pro-Mark
promark drumsticks company was one of the first drum stick companies in the USA. Founded by drummer Herb Brochstein, they were also one of the first companies to successfully market oak drumsticks in America. Promark now sells it's popular drumsticks (made of oak, maple, and hickory) to over 100 countries.

It really depends on the Pro-Mark sticks you get, I am a very big fan of the Joey Jordison and Chris Adler Signature Series. The Joey Jordison and Chris Adler sticks are made from Hickory, I find this the best type of wood for drumming as they are strong, solid and are quality sticks that are really durable.
These sticks are so durable, and they are made in my hometown!
[Newest]Their oak stick last forever and they are very dense. You can get some solid cymbal tones even on worn out cymbals.

3Zildjian
Other than cymbals, the Avedis Zildjian Company produces products such as drum sticks and other drum accessories. The Artist Series drum sticks allow these endorsers to personalize their drum sticks, and these sticks are sold to the public.

Even though I am a Sabian user, and it's almost sac-religious to have I both of these. I love Zildjian sticks. I love the different kinds of sticks they have. Like the anti-vibes. It allows you to have those bigger sticks, but without losing speed, and the stick like it says, don't vibrate at all.
Great balance and light feel. They provide the option of all sizes and tip choices. Used by many of the best drummers these are the top choice for your next pair of sticks
[Newest]Artist series are just too good! Makes you realize what you were really looking for, maybe an elongated taper or a different diameter.

4Vater
While other "stick" companies also manufacture products beyond the drumming world, Vater's undivided focus is to give you, the drummer, the highest quality drum sticks, specialty sticks and drum accessories in the world.

They have been around the longest, There sticks feel amazing and sound amazing too, They have lasted longer than any other sticks I've had, they are honestly the best sticks I've ever used
Vater Drumsticks for me make the best kind of drumstick that fits my expectations of a perfect drumstick. The best, response, tone, and feel of a drumstick I've ever used.
[Newest]Vater are the best! I've been using the same pair of 5b's for months now and they do have a bit of wear on them, but they have not shown any signs of breaking and have never lost their consistent feel and weight.

5Easton Ahead
Ahead drumsticks are a product of Easton and distributed by Big Bang Distribution. They are quite unique and different than most drumsticks in the world. They have an aluminum core and replaceable plastic sleeves and plastic tips. This allows them to outlast normal wooden drumsticks by a long shot. Some would even say that they never wear out because you can constantly replace the plastic sleeves or tips with new ones instead of having to buy a whole new set of drumsticks every time.

These sticks are amazing! Lots of fun to use and produce lots of power. Great for drum roles or hard cymbal hits.
One of the most balanced drumsticks I've ever used they can be used at any tupe of performance and at any type of drums with nearly no negative to it I just think they are remarkable in every aspect

6Tama
Light weight & very comfortable...

7Hot Sticks
The first Hot Sticks were created in 1979 and combined many of the features that would establish Hot Sticks reputation as leaders in drumsticks innovation. Not only were the original Hot Sticks the first to offer a variety of brightly colored models, they were the only major drumsticks that incorporated a proprietary dry grinding process to protect the integrity of the wood during production.


8Pro Orca

9Carbostick
Carbostick is a brand of drum sticks, it produces stick made up of carbon fibre, giving them a lot of resistance and a long life. Their cost is higher than wooden sticks, but the investment is gained over the duration of the sticks.


10Electro Glo Sticks
The colored drumsticks are made of Lexan�, a heat-resistant plastic widely used in today's business equipment and automobile products. It's tough construction offers great durability and they're perfect for novelty songs or showcasing a drum solo.


The Contenders

11Ayotte

12Regal Tip

13Fernando
Same pitch and try to use it to see what is the difference to others...

14RB Sticks
Each stick is Calculated, then the precise weight needed is added to achieve a balance point for maximum performance, resulting in a faster, better feeling stick that eliminates stick shock. This concept can be applied to improve all drumsticks. RB Drumsticks Immanently improves all drummers playing.

15Wincent
Motorhead? Saxon? Arch Enemy anyone? A lot of great drummers actually use these sticks. It's amazing that more of the well known drummers don't.
While I frankly prefer Vater, Mikkey Dee of Motorhead has a signature model with Wincent which are killer!
I wish they sold their sticks to America. I really want the Tomas Haake modle stick. I used the Vic Firth SHAA modle (Tomas Haake) and their best sticks for me as a player. I don't know what it is but these and only these seem to work better for me. Their classic metal sticks are pretty good.

16Balbex
Mark my words, these guys will keep rising to the top. Arian Van Weesenbeek of Epica ad MaYaN uses these, and they're great. They may be new and unknown for now, but it's only a matter of time before they're being used to bang heads everywhere!

17Nova
Actually really a line under Vic Firth, but they are almost a different make by themselves. Before I used Vader as my main brand, I still have my pair of Nova's, that I still occasionally use, that I really enjoy. Even though they are made by Vic Firth, they are unlike any of their other sticks and are almost a whole separate deal.

18Innovative Percussion
Try them out! I just got an invader pad and they sound great on it!
Agreed! Our line uses them too.
By far one of the better drumsticks ever made, my drumline uses them and they never fail

19Pearl
Pearl is good too

20R - stick

21B-Stick Of Denmark
Another of the not very well known companies, but they have a huge following. The great Ian Haughland of Europe has his own signature model, which are great.

22Ludwig
When I got my first Ludwig drum set, they came with a small beginner's pair of sticks. They are too small for me now, but when I was first starting out, they were my favorite pair because they were slightly smaller than standard sizes and so the most comfortable for me at the time. Ludwig, apart from still making great drums, still make great sticks as well.

23Pocket Stick

24Los Cabos
Wood products are great!

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