Don't forget this if you are purchasing your first drum kit
Sep 2, 2013
This is the perfect add-on to any new kit purchase. After all, you interact with your drums with sticks (and in some cases brushes). Before delving into what the set contains I do want to mention that this set, including the brushes, are more oriented towards rock and pop drummers. And, yes, brushes seem to be making a comeback of sorts and the pair in this set is for heavier music.
The set contains the following (and if you add up the individual prices you will see that this is a good deal):
2 pairs of Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks. This is probably the most popular size for rock drummers and are definitely designed for drummers who play match grip because the weight distribution is biased towards the front of the stick. They have a tear drop tip and are 16" long and a hefty .565 inches thick.
1 pair of Vic Firth Jazz Brushes, which are anything BUT jazz brushes with their heavy construction. 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. Do not be put off by these because 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 (Book & DVD). And, yes, you can play brushes with match grip.
A Vic Firth VICKEY Drum Key, which may look a little ridiculous if hung around my 64-year old neck, but is a functional and heavy duty drum key with a definite cool factor for most rock drummers.
Overall this is the perfect gift for drummers of any gender and an essential add on for that first set of drums. It's also perfect for drummers who frequent jams and open mics because it's compact and contains the essentials.
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Mike Tarrani (mtarrani)
My day job is in the technology sector as an IT consultant specializing in ITIL, and specifically, configuration, change and release management. I've traveled the world as a consultant before moving … more
Buy two pairs of the Vic Firth American Classic 5A, a pair of Vic Firth WB Brushes and a Vic Firth Vickey Drumkey and get a free Vic Firth Basic Stick Bag. A durable and utilitarian nylon, water-resistant bag, the Vic Firth Basic Stick Bag has three inside pockets that hold 12 pairs of sticks with an outside pocket for small accessories.Widely considered a standard for rock band drummers, Vic Firth American Classic 5A sticks feature a tear drop tip for a full bell sound and a front-end loaded neck. When you need to take the volume down from 5A levels, the Vic Firth WB brushes offer retractable wire brushes with medium gauge wire and an adjustable brush spread.The Vickey Drum Key is a stylish, wearable tool of the trade. The cast metal drum key features Vic Firth logo embedded in key handle and detaches from neck strap for quick-tune up situations.In addition, this pack includes a free Essentials Stick Bag. Cleverly designed to hold 4-5 implements. A hook-and-strap system allows for secure suspension from the floor tom or snare. An internal pocket and elastic drum key loop make the bag complete.