|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 13/04/2012 : 22:49:37
Hey guys, bit of a conundrum I thought id ask for some advice on. For the past 6 years I have played nothing but Vic Firth nylon tip 5A's. Last week I managed to break the only pair I had. This isn't a common occurrence, and I usually replace them beforehand so I didn't have a spare pair. I was home from Uni at the time and the only music shop within reach was a small multi-instrumental shop in town and all they had were wood tip 5B's (also Vic). Strangely, I loved them. They felt really good, had an excellent bounce, lovely articulation on the ride and I felt like I had to work less.
Now, I played all kinds of sticks in the 4 or 5 years before settling on 5A's, I even went was far as Ahead (sticks should be made of stick), so It's not like I hadn't played with other sticks before, the problem is that now I really want to start using 5B's full time, but I was quite concerned on the effect this is going to have on my playing i.e heavier sticks-possible stress/injury or technique change. Has anyone changed sticks after playing one kind for a long time? Any advice?
|5 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 17/04/2012 : 22:29:16
i've always been a fan of 5Bs, nice and thick yet not too heavy.
in fact i have a few pairs i dont need (zildjian's) - message me if you want to buy any.
||Posted - 14/04/2012 : 14:30:05
I moved to 2B's many years ago as I found I didn't have to work so hard as the weight of the stick did it for me, and the rebound needs no help if you are a hard hitter. Of course there's bound to be a period of acclimatisation.
||Posted - 14/04/2012 : 08:30:28
I moved from 5A to 5B a year ago. I found my technique improved, I got more control, I was hitting less hard, and my sticks lasted longer. I've just started testing the Gavin Harrison signature sticks. I was a bit daunted by their size and weight at about a 2B, but they do play well, and the tip shape gives a fantastic snare sound, really fat.
||Posted - 14/04/2012 : 07:30:03
I really don't think you have anything to worry about. If you love these sticks then what more is to be considered?
Just make sure you follow the advice in the health warning label that comes with 5Bs and you should get by without injury
||Posted - 13/04/2012 : 23:25:39
If you find that you have to work less to get the same amount of sound, that has to be a good thing and means you can relax more whilst playing. Maybe pick up a few pairs of those and have some trusty 5A's at the ready just in case you decide they're not for you?