We have been enjoying Vic's sticks for close to 40 years ever since we first picked up a pair of SD2 Boleros. Light maple, small round tip, and thick body.... This stick has great control at any volume with articulation on snare drums, and a bright but dry attack on cymbals. Indeed the perfect pair for beginner or pro. Great all around stick for use in the concert band, orchestra, jazz band, or show pit. Need something for Classical work with a bit more heft? Try the STG2 Leggiero. They are made from Persimmon wood (higher density), slightly longer, and have a unique tip. Our studios are also well stocked with Vic's full line of mallets for timpani, bass drum, bells, xylophone, marimba, vibes, and cymbals.
Cary Nasatir and Roy Burns
Great sound...easy tuning. The SAFE-T-LOC hoop along with Aquarian's "Sound Curve" collar design provides easy tuning; great stick response; zero slippage inside the hoop; consistent sound; increased resonance and sensitivity; and the sound that drummers need and deserve.
Aquarian founder and drummer Roy Burns and NSOP's Cary Nasatir first met at the famed Frank's Drum Shop in Chicago back in 1967. Roy had the most amazing technique, speed, and sound a drummer could ever want. Staying in touch over the years led us to form a relationship with our two companies that has been just great. Aquarian has a diverse catalog of incredible drum heads and accessories for set and marching percussion. If you collect vintage drums, you have to play on Aquarian's "American" Vintage heads which have a slightly larger hoop to allow for a better fit on those older drums. If you like the warmth and darkness of calf skin without the tuning hassles and expense usually associated with them, these are the heads to own. If you don't own a vintage drum but still want the sound of one, then you'll want to try the "Modern" Vintage heads. The coatings on these heads, by the way, are very responsive for brushwork. Blankets and pillows in your bass drum? Throw them away and play on Aquarian's Super Kick for the batter side and the amazing Regulator for the front head. Unbelievable punch and clarity.
The story of Ludwig and Musser concert percussion is a story of innovation. It began in 1909 with brothers William and Theobold Ludwig's first of many Ludwig products...the foot pedal. After that came pedal tuned timpani, the Super Sensitive snare drum strainer, and arguably one of the most sought after snare drums... the legendary Black Beauty.
Doing as many clinics as we do a year in schools, it's hard not to find Ludwig and Musser products being used in the band rooms we visit. We conduct our snare drum demonstrations and performances on the Ludwig Supra-phonic 400 (perhaps the most recorded snare in history), the venerable Supersensitive, and a 2012 6.5" Classic USA Maple LS403TD finished in Waterfall Bubinga.
The power of innovation continues... In this age of merging and morphing musical styles, the demands for diversity and creativity in cymbal sounds are greater than ever. Sabian has the answers and their innovation lets you express yourself like never before.
At the Nasatir School of Percussion, students learn hands-on cymbal techniques while utilizing 16" and 18" matched AA orchestral cymbals from Sabian's vault. Sabian's tam tams (gongs) shimmer and deliver an awesome low roar for orchestral literature. We use a 28" orchestral model in the studio. For the drumset, a versatile mixture of Sabian's HH (hand hammered) and AA provides a tremendous array of color for the working drummer.
Dom named Cary "among the world's leading percussion instructors" in Modern Drummer Magazine.
Look for our articles published on Sabian's web site...
What's New! This innovative company first burst on the scene with a
wild looking tambourine. It looked like no other with its half moon
shape, wild colors, and cushioned handle. This once odd looking
"critter" is now the most popular instrument of its kind in the world.
has been using Rhythm Tech's Drum Set Tambourine (DST model) for years
both in pop AND classical literature. Its design allows a double jingle
(16) tambourine to be mounted to a stand for one hand use (Perfect for
multi percussion parts) OR you can attach it to a hi hat. RT just
released their new Pro Tambourine and ProMount, which allows the
tambourine to be mounted to a stand for one hand/stick tapping, hi hat
play, OR picked up and used in a traditional two handed manner. Comes
with chrome or brass jingles. Comfortable handle too. The rim is soft
and can even be used for thumb rolls! Another creative item from Rhythm
Tech is their Laptop Snare. We find it to be a handy tool in elementary
and middle school percussion programs, as well as back stage in
professional performance venues. We've been playing RT's Alpha Series
Bongos lately, and have found them sharp on the ears and the eyes.
Oh...we can't forget the most useful drum key on the planet (and
perhaps beyond)... the ProTorq® with it's built in tension guage. Very
quick...very hip. Click Here
Hal Leonard Publishing
When you are the world's largest music print publisher, you must be doing something right. The good folks at Hal Leonard are definitely doing something right. For more than 50 years, they have been publishing and distributing publications and products for virtually every instrument and performance group. They are also the publisher for our book Praise and Worship Drumming...A Guide to Playing In Church! Click here
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