Top Ten Best Drumstick Makes

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The Top Ten

1 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. -

I have had a pair of SD1 forever and the have not broken.

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.

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2 Pro-Mark

Good, comfortable to use.

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!

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3 Zildjian

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. -

Awesome sticks

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.

Zildjian is overall my favorite brand for drumsticks! They offer a larger variety of sizes a tips, they truly have something for everyone. They have a good weight distribution, along with a good gripping system. If you haven't tried a pair of Zildjian sticks try them, and I promise you will love them!

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4 Vater

These are the longest lasting sticks I have used

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. -

What a balance stick 7a Manhattan is just fun to play jazz

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

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5 Easton 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.

I love playing with these sticks but MAN they're expensive! However one pair lasts you a very long time so it is worth it I guess.

they give you power without effort. theyre the best drum sticks ever made and lars ulrich uses them :)

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6 Tama

Good Quality

Light weight & very comfortable...

Light and nice to hold

7 Hot 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.

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8 Pro Orca

Really likes these sticks. Lasted me a very long time. Too bad you just can't buy them anywhere.

WORST BRAND

9 Regal Tip

I have used Mr. Calato's sticks since the mid-60's. Always great sticks! I've used many sizes, depending on the gig. The JC stick is my all time favorite.

This history of RegalTip has just not been told to the younger generations. With the invention of the nylon tip, numerous patents on other products all shows their dedication to the industry. I've played them for 27years and sure, I've tried the others but I always go back to them. If you haven't tried their products, go find them, you won't be disappointed.

These guys should be number 1. They have the best feel at if any brand I've played. Something so unique about them. Hey, they invented the nylon tip, can't beat that.

Regal Tip's lacquer finish is what does it for me. I just could not get used to the feel of any stick without that lacquer. I tried the Vater Sweet Ride, Zildjian's Trilok Gurtu, and ProMark's 7As and the 747s, (I do dig the Hot Rods by the way), among others, but nothing compares to Regal Tip in my opinion. Always quality sticks.

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10 Collision Drumsticks

When it comes to drumsticks, I have a very particular preference. I was recommended Collision Drumsticks by a friend. I checked them out via social media and was impressed by their content and artist roster. There work with the artists and community influence interested me and I wanted to try the sticks out for myself. I ordered a pair and the customer service was great. The sticks promptly arrived and I put them through an intense trial through practices and shows and they held up incredibly, I was extremely impressed. Collision is now my go to stick brand.

Amazing brand. Highly durable, highly recommend!

Prior to using Collision Drumsticks, I regularly used Vic Firth and Pro Mark Sticks. I found that both brands durability was not there and the sticks barely lasted one hour rehearsal sessions. As soon as I picked up a pair of Collision Sticks I was immediately hooked! There length and feel is ideal for my style! Much love Collision!

I've just bought 3 pairs. Fantastic customer service! The sticks have outlasted my previous brands by two times. Thank you. Thank you.

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The Contenders

11 Innovative Percussion

Absolutely amazing

Innovative is taking over drum corps for good reason

Although in my opinion Vic Firth makes the best drum set sticks, Innovative Percussion is by far the best company for sticks/mallets used to play any other type of drum. Innovative Percussion dominates it's competitors when it comes to marching snare sticks, marching bass mallets, tenor mallets, concert snare sticks, specialty drum sticks, mallets of all sorts, etc.

Best quad sticks I've ever used. Great feel, great balance, great match. Snare sticks are fantastic as well, though some can be a bit weighty when double taped, though it's personal preference and how badly you want to chop out.

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12 Ayotte
13 Nova

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.

Amazing! They are made for hard hitters!

A good brand and under Vic Firth.

- GinoG

14 Electro 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. -

15 Carbostick

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. -

My only choise.., using my two pairs for about 3years now., the best stick!

16 Wincent

Nice

Very good and long life drum sticks.

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.

Seems to hold together the longest of the brands I've tried

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17 Los Cabos

Nice balance on 5a

Wood products are great!

18 Fernando

Very comfortable: )

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

19 Balbex

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!

Durable, light and good balance sticks

20 RB Sticks

The only True Innovation in the industry.

Every other stick on the market is just the same wood, turned and tipped.

These drumsticks assist in playing faster.

that's it.

It just makes sense.

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.

The Best idea & innovation ever. Increased speed, less effort, less motion pain.

Its does just make sense. By moving the center balance back to where you hold the stick, it gives a whole new feel to my playing. Best Sticks ever. See you at NAMM Dave!

21 Promark LA

Good and cheap, especially 2b

22 Ahead

These should clearly be number one, just for the simple fact that they never, break, and they are light as hell and are more balanced then any other drumstick, plus they reduce shock like 20% and are better for your cymbals.

These are the same as eaton ahead, Same BRAND IDIOT

23 Agner

Such amazing sticks, high quality swiss wood and amazing asthetics!

24 Sound Percussion
25 R - stick
26 B-Stick Of Denmark

Underrated brand of drumsticks that deserves recognition! All models of their drumsticks are handmade, not factory made, and they ensure the quality of each stick by testing them out and pairing them for the best sound. All is done by hand, by professionals. The sticks are coated with beeswax to ensure the best grip and sturdiness. They're durable, have a great design and you really get your money's worth.
I recommend them!

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.

27 HeadHunters

These sticks are the best sticks I ever used.The maple groves have a nice balance to them

Nice sticks my favorites are the mAple groves ccc

28 Ludwig

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.

29 Sonor
30 Jim Kilpatrick
31 Yamaha

I've been using Yamahas for some time now. They're decent quality, no problem playing at all. Not really comparable to Vater or other specialized brands, however breaking a stick on a hard hit doesn't hurt half as much when it's as inexpensive as these are.

32 Pearl

Pearl is good too

33 Back Bay
34 Rohema

Drumsticks Made in Germany! The Saxon Markneukirchen based manufacturer can rely on over 120 years of experience

35 Ice-Stix

Drumsticks from Germany! Made of durable Hickory,

36 Lazer
37 Heartbeat Sticks
38 Legacy

I've had a pair of 5B since 2014 and it still hasn't broken. Excellent sticks. Regal Tip is the best

39 Stagg
40 Rich Sticks
41 Starsticks

Wooden drumsticks, good quality same as Vic, but different wood - hornbeam.
Drumsticks - made in Ukraine.
www.starsticks.ua - Yevgen

42 RM Drumsticks

RM drumsticks - Made in Germany and developed in Austria (Europe) of original hickory. Specially designed for beginner.

43 Pocket Stick
44 Superstix
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