Day 2

July 25, 2012 – Sidedoor Lounge, Omaha NE

Here’s pics from day 2

Before:

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And after :

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The sticks are still holding up very well and no chips or cracks whatsoever. The B.O.D.s are holding up pretty well. I did crack off one of the rods but in their defense we played a shuffle heavy set yesterday and I was really working them out on the snare. Also, everyone in the band commented on how great they sound.

Tonight we’re in Denver at the Walnut Room – it’s a very dry stage so I’ll no doubt be hitting a little bit harder… ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 1

July 24 2012: CSPS – Cedar Rapids, IA

This is what I started out with for show #1:

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And this is after a 1 hour and 15 minute set:

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So far so good. No broken sticks, a few dimples and the mallets gave up a little dust on the cymbals but overall it was a good day one. Also, it was a very hot show and the finish on the sticks made it easy to keep them in my sweaty hands – no drops!

Experiments in Drumsticking

Lately I’ve been noticing that my selection of sticks and “rods” haven’t been lasting as long. Sticks used to dimple and chip but you could get some substantial life out of them. My recent experience is that they just crack and break.

So, I thought I’d try out some SilverFox sticks. Due to their individual hand finishing approach.

From their website:

Most important to the player is the finish on the drumstick. And while other manufacturers finish their drumsticks in bulk tumblers using ordinary lacquer, SilverFox drumsticks are individually hand-finished using Duracrylxโ„ข, an exclusive formulation that is harder than lacquer and makes your SilverFox sticks LAST LONGER!

So, let’s see if this works. I picked up a half brick of the Bopmaster stick and a pair of B.O.D.s and I’ve got a week of shows. I’m going to document the process here and via social media and at the end of the run we’ll see if I’ve found myself a new stick company. ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: I do not work for nor have I been paid by anyone to do this experiment. Aside from the occasional Twitter conversation I have not been contacted by SilverFox or any other entity to promote their product. I bought the sticks at retail price from their online website and the product was shipped to my home, opened and then put in my stick bag. No tricks or special/enhanced products are being used.

A Trip to the Drum Pad

Finally made it to the Drum Pad in Palatine last Saturday, right before they were about to close. I wasn’t able to check out their drum room with all the kits BUT, I did have a few minutes to check out all of the sticks they carry – An entire wall to choose from!

Usually, I am a Vic Firth guy as far as sticks go, I love Regal Tip Whiskers and Bristle Sticks, but was never able to find a Regal Tip stick that I really loved….until now.

Thanks to the Drum Pad, I am now working out the Joey Waronker signature sticks (he’s a lefty too!) and the “Crossover” stick. I couldn’t find it on their website so I better go back there this weekend on my way to the Chicago Drum Show and stock up!

The Drum Pad
Chicago Drum Show