Although Ahead has been the frontrunner in synthetic ticks for the better part of 2 decades (sorry, Duratech), it seems that Uncle Vic is finally throwing his hat in the synthetic stick game with the new TITANâ„¢ sticks. Can they finally crack the code to real, wood-feeling sticks that will hold up to the promises of alternative materials? At $50 a pair, they’d better be pretty awesome.
Hearing protection is something we drummers need to be mindful of, but we often take it for granted until we start noticing early-onset tinnitus or other hearing damage. As someone who did several years in drumline and many more years in rock bands sans ear plugs, I can testify that it’s never too early (or too wimpy) to take care of our ears.
One of the primary dilemmas we face when looking at hearing protection is how to best have good sound reduction while also hearing a click or a backing track for gigs and practice. Enter the stereo isolation headphone! Now, you can have your dB-cutting cake and eat your stereo sound source too! Read more…
Interesting clip here. This shows a few guys demonstrating the visual effects seen when performing with Vic Firth’s LED Lite Stix. The sticks, which have a colored LED light on the beads, are a total gimmick, but some of these look cool. However… can anyone explain to me why Vinny Appice appears to be in a bathroom towards the end of the video?[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTLqTPZe9AI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
Drum stick tycoon and legendary Boston Symphony timpanist was recently featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning Show. It’s a pretty good read as long as you ignore all the drummer puns.
What do legendary drummer Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, and master chef Mario Batali have in common?
The tools of their trade.
Drumsticks of all kinds … along with pepper mills and rolling pins … are all made by Vic Firth at his factory in Newport, Maine.
“Are you surprised at how successful your company has become?” Mitchell asked.
“Am I surprised? Maybe shocked is a better word!” Firth laughed.
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