Behind the Stick

Behind the Stick

Until the TRU AXIS drumstick, drumsticks have been pretty much the same mechanically. Prior innovations included different woods, materials, lamination, nylon tips, different lengths,diameters, tapers and bead shapes, etc. However, none of these variations of design and construction addressed the mechanics of how the drumstick interacts with the drummer’s hand and arm to achieve maximum synergistic performance. Without balance, we have rotational conflict — especially wobble: The faster one plays, the more an off-balanced stick works against the drummer, thus limiting speed, control, and power and increasing fatigue.

Matt Middleton Not So Modern Drummer Magazine

The weights inside the stick are secured with an industrial grade epoxy, insuring the weightwill stay inside the stick under even the heaviest of playing. The logo is tasteful and understated, giving the stick an elegant streamlined look. So how do they play? In a word… WOW! The difference was obvious right away. I could really feel the stick doing nearly all the work with much more natural rebound and feel than my usual stick. Complicated rudimental passages and ride cymbal patterns took much less effort than normal with both traditional and matched grip. I used both pairs on a series of gigs over a 2 week time period and they felt just as good on the last gig as they did on the first. If you’re still searching for our perfect stick, do yourself a favor and give TRU AXIS sticks a try.

Rick Van Horn Modern Drummer Magazine

Most new drumstick designs introduce a different tip shape, a different taper, or a differentlength. But the RB Percussion Rotationally Balanced drumstick incorporates change in thefundamental physics of how a drumstick operates.RB’s theory is that in order to maximize rebound action, a drumstick should be held so that the fingers control the stick right at the point where it wants to rotate naturally its balance point. Unfortunately, a traditional drumstick tends to have its rotation point somewhere just a bit toward the butt from its center. (Balance one of your sticks on the tip of your finger, and you’ll see what I mean). If you were to hold a stick so that your fingers controlled it at this point, you’d be choked up quite a bit, with a lot of the stick extending past your palm andmuch less than usual pointed toward the drum. As a result, drummers don’t hold their sticks at the rotation point; they hold them much closer to the butt end-well below the rotation point.This gains impact power, but sacrifices that quick rebound.The RB solution is to insert a weighted plug into the butt end of their sticks, thus artificiallymoving the balance point back closer to the butt end. (Tape a couple of dimes to the butt endof your stick, and you’ll see the effect). This puts the point at which the stick wants to rotatenaturally just about where one would normally grip the stick.Voilà ! Dramatically improved rebound, without sacrificing power.Early experiments with putting weights into hickory sticks created sticks that were too heavyoverall, so RB is now using hickory only for jazz models, while 5B and 28 models are made of maple. An attractive glittered cap is used to cover the weight at the end of the stick, but enough wood is left around the butt to play the sticks reversed (which, by the way, creates animpact equal to much larger traditional sticks).These are the first sticks I’ve ever used that actually provided a mechanical assistance to my playing. I found them comfortable to play with, incredibly fast, and altogether a legitimate innovation in drumstick design. The sticks I used were wood-tipped; nylon-tipped sticks will be available shortly.

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