I tried out the RegalTip 110NT Regal Hick Nt Sticks Combo, which is the same 16" length, but positively anorexic at .475 inches compared to the .490 inches of this one. And the .015 difference did make a difference for me.
It was the balance that caused me to prefer this one though. The RegalTip's balance point is hard to find, whereas on this stick it was apparent and actually aided my playing (I play exclusively traditional grip.) I also like the tips on this model better. The definition on even a washy, thin jazz cymbal is there. I sometimes lost control of some of my larger rides with the RegalTip stick, but this one had perfect rebound and control even on my 24" ride cymbals.
I normally use a 7A size stick, but when I need to play at very low volumes and/or very fast comping patterns this is the stick I use. In fact it's the only Vic Firth stick of any model I play (I normally play ProMark.)
Ir you are seeking a light, fast stick, but still want the long 16" reach this one has you may want to give these a try.
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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
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