The sounds of the drums can be made or broken by the drumsticks, which is why drummers are always on the lookout for the best quality drumsticks. There are several things to keep in mind when looking for quality drumsticks, like length, weight, durability and sound among other things. Different genres of music also have to be accounted for because the best drumsticks for the loud, fat sound of heavy metal aren’t necessarily the best drumsticks for the lighter, crisp sound of jazz. Since drumsticks can be a great investment, it’s important to get the best one.
Pro-Mark Neil Peart Autograph Series Drumsticks Wood Tip
It’s no surprise that one of the best quality drumsticks are the autographed series of the famous drummer from Rush, who’s possibly one of the best drummers in the world. True to the drummer’s genre and style, these sticks give great sound for heavy metal, and they’re great for fast playing without breaking easily. With a great length and thickness, these drumsticks can give a nice, fat sound, and they sound real nice for rock and roll as well. However, the wooden tips are a drawback for some, because they can be less durable than the rest of the drumstick, and they aren’t the most versatile since they can’t do the bounces required in jazz that well. But for heavy metal and hard rock, they’re perfect. Priced at £5.93. Read more here.
Pro-Mark Mike Portnoy Autograph Series
These hickory drumsticks are not only lightweight but also versatile. They are great for jazz and rock, and are durable enough to be worth the investment. They can produce a loud, fat sound without hard hitting, which saves on the heads and on the drums. They are also sensitive enough for the light sound of jazz, and for classical music as well. They can produce smooth and quick sounds and loud, fat sounds and they also have a good grip and taper. Although the wood tips are good, the nylon tips on these drumsticks can give louder sound with a lighter hit and are much more durable, and are much kinder to the drums than other sticks. The length, (16 1/8 in) however, can be a bit of a problem for those who prefer longer lengths, and don’t bother buying them for Mike Portnoy’s signature, because often it looks poor and blurry on these sticks. £5.81
Ahead Lars Ulrich Drumsticks
Even though they’re the most expensive drumsticks on the list, they are extremely durable. Users have been known to play often with them for over a year or more with not much more than tip replacement, and say these sticks are virtually indestructible. One user said his pair lasted for two years and saved him a lot of money in the long run. With durability, they also have good, consistent sound, good weight and balance. The sound is very loud and clear and the precision alloy core makes these drumsticks lightweight with good balance for any drummer and the vibration-reduction system reduces hand fatigue, allowing you to play longer. These are definitely great quality drumsticks with only one huge drawback: they can damage the drums and cymbals more severely than most drumsticks, and they weigh about twice as much as wooden sticks. £19.26
Vic Firth Dave Weckl Signature Drumsticks
These good-quality drumsticks are great for jazz and classic rock and well worth their money. They’re easy to use and they produce a light, good quality sound and they have good length balance, and grip. One user said it felt like an extension of his hand. These sticks also have great rebound and they allow the drummers to create smooth fills easily. However, they’re not recommended for heavy metal and heavy hitters because their wooden tips chip away easily. However, the tips are the least durable part of these sticks and it’s possible to get ones with more durable nylon tips. The overall durability adds to the reasons of why it’s one of the best quality drumsticks. £5.83
Vic Firth American Classic Extreme Drumsticks
These drumsticks are very functional, easy to use, and produce a good, full sound. They have a good rebound, grip, and taper. Because of their price, this is a popular choice for practice sticks and backups, although they can hold their own in a recording or in a live concert. The added length makes it easier to do double bounces and the weight gives it good balance. However, they’re only good for genres of music like jazz, marching, and orchestral but not heavy metal or hard rock, although they’re solid enough for classic and light rock. They’re also not very durable so not recommended for heavy hitters, and as flashy as they look new, the paint job is cheap so it won’t be long before they start looking shabby. If you buy this stick, make sure you buy it from a place that offers refunds or replacements. One user said that the pair they ordered only lasted a day while others said their Vic Firths were very durable so it can be hit or miss on the quality as well. £4.66
So which one is the best? Depends on the player and the style of music. Some are great for the loud, fat sound needed in rock and roll while others are better for the bounces and quieter playing of jazz. Heavy hitters need more durable sticks, but all players need to make sure their sticks aren’t hurting their drums. However, even with light playing and slow beat songs, it’s important to have drumsticks durable enough to be worth their money. Since it can often be hit or miss with the quality of the drumsticks, it’s also important to buy from a place that offers refunds or replacements. However, the most important thing is to have sticks that you’re comfortable with and gives you the sound you want for the style of music you want to play, be it heavy metal, rock, or jazz.