Bass Drum Sticks
Overall length of bass drum sticks is customizable to customer preference. At additional cost, all wood-handled sticks can be stained either walnut or cherry prior to finishing with multiple coats of polyurethane finish. Other options are noted below in the description for each stick. Please see the Prices link or contact Ron for current prices.
BD-1. Legato stick for resonant, individual strokes. Your choice of either a 1” or ¾”- diameter, straight wood handle with a wood-and-cork composite core. Head covered with high-quality synthetic seal skin. Head is c. 3 ½” long and 3” wide. Overall length is approximately 17”. White felt outer covering at extra cost is available (see Price link).
BD-2. General purpose stick. ¾” diameter straight wood handle with wood core. Head is c. 3 ½” long and 3” wide, covered with white American felt. Overall length is approximately 17”. (PLEASE NOTE: The photo shows the BD-2 stick covered with synthetic seal skin, but I am currently using white felt as it provides a better contrast in sound with BD-1).
BD-3. Harder, articulate, green felt-covered stick. ¾” diameter straight wood handle with wood core. Head ca. 3 ½” long and 2 ½” wide. Overall length is approximately 17”.
BD-4. Hard stick covered with chamois for sharp, crisp, attacks or use on smaller bass drums. (The “Radetsky March” is a good example.) Straight ¾” diameter wood handle with wood ball core. Head ca. 2 ½” inches long x 2” wide. Overall length is approximately 16”.
BD-5. Wood stick. ¾” diameter straight wood handle with a 2” wood ball. Overall length is approximately 16”.
BD-6. (Pair) Bass Drum Sticks for Rolling. 5/8” diameter straight wood handles approximately 17” long. Heads ca.2 ½” long by 2 ½” wide. These sticks can be covered with high-quality synthetic seal skin or, at a slightly higher cost, with white felt (see Prices link).
BD-7. Double-ended pair. This stick can be made on a 1” or ¾” diameter wood shaft. A hollow aluminum handle also is available. (see Prices tab.) One end has a general-purpose head covered with synthetic fur. The other end has a smaller, harder head covered with green felt. The heads have wood cores, and the felt is sewed (not glued) on. Length: approximately 18 inches. White felt outer covering on larger end is optional at additional cost (see Prices link).
BD-8. “(Not Shown in Photo). The “Rite of Spring” Sticks. This pair of bass drum sticks utilizes a round wood core, ca. 1 ½ inches in diameter and mounted on 5/8” wood handles. Overall length is approximately 14 .5”. The core is covered with a durable chamois material. Intended for rapid, very articulate bass drum passages such as that found in Stravinsky’s famous piece.
BD-9. (“The Bandsman”). A somewhat smaller, lighter version of the BD-2 general purpose bass drum stick made on a 5/8” diameter straight wood handle with a small barrel-shaped core. There is a c. 1 ¼” chamois-covered “knob” on the handle end. Overall length about 14 ½”. Particularly good for band and symphonic band playing and when playing bass drum and cymbal together.