- Embrace the assault
- January 05, 2014
- By: Shane
Drumsticks are to drummers what knives are to chefs - everyone has a very definite taste. It explains why there's a plethora of makes, models, and artist designs in the endless sea of drumsticks. Myself, I've played MANY. In recent years, I've used ProMark 727 and 707, Vic Firth Thomas Lang, Zildjian Mike Mangini, and this one, the Vater Virgil Donati Assault. My progression through sticks has been as a result of further technical growth and a change in my grip. For many years I used the ProMark 727 and 707 [both with wood tip]. However, when I switched to traditional grip, the grip felt as though it mandated a more robust stick for my left hand; which is what took me on a tour through some of these aforementioned models.
Ultimately there were many things that each of them did well in their own right…Vic Firth is the master of the tactile finish and consistency, in my estimation. However the one that I felt most comfortable with [the Lang] is far too loud to be versatile. The Mangini from Zildjian has an amazing sound and longevity, and would be my go to stick, if it wasn't for the super slick finish on the stick [which must be as a result of it's laminated birch construction]. It is for these reasons that all roads, for me, lead back to the Assault…
The Assault has a wonderful robust feel, and lasts a long time. While it is thick, it's mass does not come at the sake of versatility. While loud thunderous cracks are it's forte, it can do sensitive. Additionally, the short taper gives a very natural rebound that works nicely with my playing style. Rounding the stick out [no pun intended] is the round bead playing tip which produces the finest organic tom and snare sounds I've ever heard from my kit.
My sole knock on the stick, which is more directed toward Vater in general, is that the sticks are less than consistent. The feel of the sticks can very greatly from pair to pair [with regard to the finish]. When they are good, they feel natural, and when they aren't, the finish feels very synthetic in my hands. Additionally, the last pair I took out of their sleeve were GROSSLY mismatched with regard to stick pitch [so much so that I found them unpleasant to play].
Criticisms aside, this is an extremely worthwhile stick. Given they're made from wood, which is itself is inconsistent from sample to sample, I don't think there's any such thing as a perfect stick. And given the way this stick performs, I'm more than willing to overlook these minor issues for the sheer tone and playability of the stick.
Be warned, I have seen prices on this model escalating, so make sure to get them here at Interstate Music and get a much better deal.
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