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No matter what Vic Firth calls these, they are not jazz brushes. The .575 inch diameter handle and its thick coating add to the heft and heaviness, as do the 5 inch wire spread. The combined heft and the extra stiff bristles contribute to how loud this brush can be.
There is nothing subtle about this pair, so if you are planning on playing acoustic jazz you may want to pass these by. However, these are perfect for a trend among some pop and alternative style drummers to incorporate brushed into their playing. In that respect these are perfect because the heft and projection that works against these as jazz brushes work for them in other music genres. Especially if you are a drummer who prefers heavy sticks. Not to get off track, but evidence of the non-jazz trend which I mentioned is in Florian Alexandru-Zorn's book/DVD package titled The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes: Brush Skills for Playing Jazz and Pop Music.
That said, this is a well made pair of brushes. One critical area for me is the pull rod because I like to use less fan on my right brush for ostinatos and some brushes have pull rods that will slip from that position. Not this one. The pull rods that allow you to smoothly adjust the fan to just about any width and they will stay in place without slipping in or out.
I am used to lighter and thinner brushes so am not wild about the feel or balance. However, if you play heavier sticks you will probably welcome these if the jazz brush models felt like toys in your hands. Personal preferences about weight and diameter aside, I am also not very fond of the handles, which I felt were slippery when my hands sweat.
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