Vic Firth TW12 Tala Wands by Steve Smith

"Rods" made of Birch Wood

  • By Steve Smith
  • Core of rods made of foam
  • Beech wood rods wrapped in PVC around the core
  • Outstanding sound and rebound
  • TW12 version suitable for a light touch and low volume
  • Length: 40.95 cm
  • Diameter: 1.58 cm

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Material Bamboo
One Stick is made up of: 12
Movable Rings No

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I like these a lot!

~ufo~, 11.04.2018
I've been using these for years and I think they are really cool. They have bounce/rebound like drum sticks, which is a real advantage and makes them a pleasure to play and transition to from playing sticks, without a big difference in "feel".
They are rather expensive though and like any hotrod, the individual sticks of wood will break.
Once a few adjacent ones are broken, you will find a situation where the foam (that's in the center) will pop out. Then you'll need to replace them.
Good product, plays great, but for the price, I hope they find a way to improve durability!
I'm not a hard hitter, I NEVER break sticks.
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I was loving them until they broke after about 6 hours.

Alan796, 12.03.2017
I got these so I could bring down the volume during band practise. They worked an absolute treat for that purpose. OK, they take a little while to get used to as compared to a regular stick (now just the balance and weight, but also the diameter of the handle).

And - again, obviously enough - the sound itself is different to a stick. In some cases that might be what you actually want, so that's neither good or bad, but a matter of taste.

The main thing for me, like I say, was bringing down volume. I am not a mad basher on the drums, but I am somewhat of a beginner so for some faster passages of play I found it hard to bring my volume under control and hence the need for these sticks.

However ... back to my title for this review. Honestly, it was only after 3 or 4 practise sessions, so about 6 hours continuous drumming, that these guys gave up on me.

In the picture there's a big rubber bracing about 5/6ths of the way up the stick and right in behind that bracing is where the stick broke in half and was made completely useless.

I asked my drum teacher if my technique could have been to blame and he said that my technique was fine, so I just think these things have to have a special technique deployed to use them, or they are just not that hard-wearing, or maybe I just got a bum set.

But I will *not* be buying again. I have some other MUCH CHEAPER rutes that I bought years ago that are a bit tattered but still doing fine.

Not impressed!
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