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Vic Firth: 1930 to 2015

Vic Firth Modern Drummer was saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Firth. The following profile on the performing and manufacturing giant, written by Lauren Vogel Weiss, first appeared in the July 2013 issue of Drum Business magazine.  …

Modern Drummer
Jul 28, 2015

Showroom: Los Cabos 55AB Hickory Drumstick

Los Cabos has added a new model to its white hickory line of drumsticks. The .587"x16" 55AB hybrid stick is thicker than a 5A but thinner than a 5B. For more information, visit

Modern Drummer
May 8, 2015

Showroom: TAD Products Sticker Drumstick Clip

The Sticker is a plastic clip that replaces the fragile cardboard sleeves drumsticks are commonly packaged in so that drummers can keep their drumsticks secure and matched. The Sticker Clip accommodates drumstick sizes from 5A to 2B, and its unique…

Modern Drummer
Mar 19, 2015

Showroom: Drum Grip Drumsticks Help Correct Hand Placement for Beginners

The ergonomic design of the Drum Grip is said to set hands and fingers in the right place for a relaxed hold on the drumstick and a more comfortable grip. The sticks are labeled for each hand and feature molded…

Modern Drummer
Mar 16, 2015

Showroom: Vic Firth 
American Classic 5A and 5B Sticks Available With Barrel Tips

The American Classic 5A Barrel measures .565"x16" and features a proportionately barrel-shaped tip. The result is said to be a balanced stick that creates clarity with great tone. The .595"x16" American 5B Barrel features a reduced surface area of the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2015

Vic Firth at NAMM 2015 (VIDEO)

In this video from NAMM 2015, Vic Firth’s Neil Larrivee, director of education and product development, shows us the latest in the product lines available for this year. Vic Firth has added two models to its American Classic series. Both…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2015

Showroom: Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand Slats

The Steve Smith Tala Wand Slats feature a foam center surrounded with four flat bamboo slats and wrapped in thin PVC and is said to provide a variety of unique sounds with ideal rebound and feel. Tala Wand Slats create…

Modern Drummer
Feb 6, 2015

Showroom: Vater Marching Double Quiver Stick Holder, New Player’s Design Models, and Buzz Kill Dampeners

Vater’s Marching Double Quiver attaches to snare drums with adjustable hook-and-loop straps. Made from tough nylon, the Quiver provides easy access for quick stick changes. It is also ideal for use on traditional drumsets. List price is $17.99. New Vater…

Modern Drummer
Feb 5, 2015

What You Need to Know About...Drumsticks

  This article originally ran in the May/June 2010 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   Drumsticks aren’t overly mystifying, yet there is information that you should be able to draw from when choosing a particular size or…

Modern Drummer
Dec 15, 2014

Showroom: Check Out Meinl’s Bamboo Multi-Stick Collection!

New from Meinl is the Bamboo Multi-Stick collection consisting of three different pairs. Each Multi-Stick is made in Germany from hand-selected bamboo and provides a different playing feel and new sound options for the cajon and other percussion instruments. A…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2014

Diamondback Drumsticks Combine Laser-Engraved Handles With Premium-Grade Hickory Sticks

Bringing modern technology to the classic drumstick design, Diamondback offers the quality and consistency of premium American-made hickory drumsticks plus a textured grip. The laser-engraved handle is said to be less abrasive than a conventional, knurled finish yet safer and…

Modern Drummer
Nov 12, 2014

Liverpool Special Grip Abiurana and Luminous Abiurana Drumsticks Now Available Through American Recorder Technologies

Abiurana, also known as Brazilian maple, is a tropical hardwood that is grown in ecologically sustainable forest. The forest’s moist climate produces wood rich with long and dense fibers, giving these stick improved feel and power. The Special Grip Abiurana…

Modern Drummer
Aug 5, 2014

Mike Balter Mallets' President Awarded Doctor of Music Degree

Mike Balter, president of Mike Balter Mallets, was awarded a doctor of music degree and delivered the commencement address for the VanderCook College of Music’s Graduate Program. VanderCook College of Music, located in Chicago, IL, is dedicated to preparing musicians…

Modern Drummer
Aug 4, 2014

Los Cabos now offering Jive and Swing sticks for jazz drummers and additional white hickory nylon-tip models.

The Jive and the Swing drumsticks were designed for jazz musicians. The Swing model features an elongated oval tip that is said to deliver depth and tone from drums and cymbals. It measures .566"x16.29". The Jive model features a ball…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2014