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      30.01.2012 23:53
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      A good pair of aluminium drum sticks

      I took up drumming as a hobby a few years back. My brother was getting rid of his kit as he did not have enough room. I had a spare room so decided to adopt the kit rather than let it go to the dump. I picked up a pair of old wooden sticks a beat the hell out of the drums and boy did I love it. My one problem was that I consistently got blister from the sticks. A friend of mine advised me to look at getting aluminium sticks as he had the same problem. This is how I came across the Ahead Drumsticks Lars Ulrich.

      I got them online from a music specialist for £40 which is more expensive than your average pair of sticks. Despite the price they are amazing. They fit perfectly into the hand and despite me whacking my drums as hard as possible I get little vibration to the hand and arm back. This preserves my energy allowing me to play for longer stints.

      They come with nylon sleeves that are removable and replaceable. The tips are also replaceable. After a lot of use over the past two years I have only had to replace the tips once.

      I did have a concern that they may damage the drums. My drums are now looking well used but still sound great and I don't think the sticks have had a more detrimental effect than wooden ones would.

      Although expensive these sticks are amazing and last so much longer than your average wooden pair

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      17.08.2011 22:06

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      brilliant pair of sticks, a must buy for any drummer!

      I, like most drummers, suffer from blisters every now and then from wooden sticks, so when I found out about ahead sticks made from aliminium I thought I would try them out. They are fantastic, they have a vibration reduction system which reduces hand fatigue meaning that you can play longer. The sticks, although long, feel well balanced and they aren't particularly heavy which is shocking considering they are used by a metal drummer I know! They come in a black colour with white tip, they look very professional and stylish. Also you can replace with nylon sleeves and the tips are also replaceable. The only downside is the fact that they are 20 quid more than your regular pair of sticks but they will last much, much longer than a wooden pair and as they are made from aliminium there is the potential that they could damage your cymbals over a long period of time.

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      04.11.2010 19:49

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      Buy them, just buy them! even if you don't play drums JUST BUY THEM!!!!!!

      Pretty much perfect!!!

      I bought the lars ulrich signature drumsticks and i am not regretting it 1 bit!!!
      I love the feel of them and they weren't as heavy as i was expecting them to be, seeming as they were designed for lars himself i thought they would be like twice the weight of a 2B or something, but they were closer to a 5A-5B weight, the feel of them are great! there perfectly balanced and roll really well, AHEAD say that its best to buy the grip tape but so far i don't think its that necessary you can get on fine without them (or at least i can). this may not be as important to some people but they look great!!! the black finish with the white tips looks really cool and is very refreshing than the traditional 'wood' look. While were talking about looks, the white tips make it very easy to see precisely where your hitting which is very, very handy for when your hitting the bell of a cymbal and so on which is extremely useful especially during shows when its rather dark. not only this, but the audience can see your every move so you get more credibility for your work (if you don't believe me just look at any video of lars, Joey Jordision (Slipknot), Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) or any other AHEAD using drummer). The last but defiantly not the least point is the pure genius concept of the stick, now you've probably heard a lot about how these sticks reduce vibration and today i have tested it myself, i got my lars stick and a standard Vic Firth 5A stick and hit them both on a practice pad to test the vibrations and it's the complete truth!! with the 5A you could feel the vibrations coming up the stick and on the AHEAD, NOTHING!!! they are brilliant. Also, they do seem a little on the steep side when it comes to price, but believe me they are worth every penny and of course there a lot cheaper in the long run as you only have to replace the cover which costs like £4 whereas with wooden sticks you have to buy all new sticks which cost like £10-11.

      There's only 1 negative thing i have to say, if you only use electric drum kits, then the lars ulrich sticks maybe aren't so good for that (after-all lars never plays on electronic drum-kits), they may be good as far as the vibrations go but they just don't feel 'right' playing on electrics, rolling and stuff like that seems considerably harder so maybe a different model of AHEAD drumsticks would be ideal but as i have only used the lars ulrich ones i don't really know you will have to look it up.

      Overall, i think these sticks are wonderful and are defiantly the best sticks I've ever used and trust me, i've used a lot!!

      I would give these 9 out of 10 due to the electric kit situation but its out of 5 so stuff it 5 OUT OF 5!!!!

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      25.02.2009 11:22

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      DONT GO NEAR THEM!they break you cymbols, hardware and most importantly you!with normal wooden hickory sticks you get moisture in the wood meaning its bends, breaks and absorbs the shock, how ever metal does not do this all the shock and forse from the hit goes up your arm into your muscles and damages your body.if your care for your cymbols and hardware your wouldnt throw it on the floor, hitting it with metal or carbon fibre (which is just as strong if not more strong) just damages them. its fine if you have crap stuff but i dont and wont use these stick for those reasons.if your having problems its no suprice go back to wooden, hickory sticks its good for you, your sound, your body and your gear!

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      02.05.2008 10:57

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      These sticks saved me from having to quit playing at age 31...so I pretty much love 'em!!

      I've been playing drums for about 20 years, I'm 31 now, and have used Ahead sticks off and on since they've been on the market. I was impressed with the sound and feel, but kept going back to wood sticks. That was until this last year...I've been having pains in my hands and my right elbow (I play open handed with my right hand normally playing the snare...Billy Cobham/Carter Beauford style) and my hands felt swollen and sore after every gig. It continued no matter what I tried and I was wondering how much longer I could even play gigs at the rate I was with this problem. My grip was always loose yet controlled, so that wasn't a problem. I tried different tunings on my drums tensioning them looser to cushion the impact but ultimately losing rebound and working my hands, wrists, and arms even harder. I tried a ton of stick models and eventually grabbed an old pair of Ahead sticks. I got used to the feel again and noticed I could roll around the kit much easier along with playing everything else normally, if not better, and after a couple of months I noticed the pain in my hands and my right elbow was gone. Pretty impressive. I also much mention that these sticks are incredibly durable, I've broken two in all the time I've used them and one stick broke because I razored the cover off instead of heating it and sliced the aluminum core...not a good idea. I noticed with the new pair I recently bought the rim clicks are way better and stronger...something about the new harder covers I guess. Playing gigs is now fun once again and I can practice even more because I don't have to stop because of hand pain. So I guess I didn't truly appreciate these sticks until my hands and elbow were killing me...I wish I would've stuck with these sticks originally and I would've saved myself a lot pain and worry.

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      05.07.2007 02:05
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      The best, most unique product for drumming, sound quality, and longevity of playing.

      This is Ann Droid from the group {species}DROID and Ahead Alloy Sticks saved my rocking ass!!! In early 2006 I developed a wretched case of tendonitis in my right wrist. The injury may have stemmed from practicing on a digital kit... serious shock from the striking surface! Either way, the injury caused me to 'def leppard' it on my real kit for shows... not cool!... unless you are rick allen.

      I switched to Ahead. These sticks seriously cut down on shock/vibration. (My injury has healed and not returned in about 10 months.) They also result in a heavier sound with less effort. This makes dynamic playing much easier as you have a wider range to play with than wooden sticks will allow. The grip tape is essential, which may make you feel like you've been roped into constantly buying accessories, but not so. Everything lasts so long, you will find that you're saving money and hassel in the long-run. Replacing the parts is not a big deal. But I do reccommend keeping two pairs in your stick bag because you won't have time to swap parts during a performance.

      The only down side I have to offer is that when the replacable shaft breaks and/or the tip comes off, you will absolutely shread every head you strike with it. It's quite sharp under all of that plastic and nylon! So, keep an extra pair, and keep an eye on how damaged the cover is. They usually last me about 4 months which is an excellent value.

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      31.12.2006 12:47

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      ive used lars sticks since i was little and ive only ever broke one pair (im slightly mental behind a kit) i think i hit a cowbell wrong one time. Ive never had a problem with my sticks other that the break never the less LARS RULES! and so do the sticks ahead is my choice for life.C.Brown

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      01.06.2006 18:04
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      Great durable sticks that last forever!

      I've been using these sticks on and off for over six years now. They seemed heavy to me when i first got them, but compared to my Thomas Lang ones they are cocktail sticks.
      I'm a hard hitter and have never broken a pair in six years, i have changed the tips twice and the sleeves 4 times, the sleeves cost about £2.50 a pair from my local music shop. So in total i've paid about £40 in six years on sticks. Thats realllllly cheap!
      The sticks have nylon tips that can be replaced if they get damaged. As for sound their weight aids power on the drums, but you really notice how good they are when using them on cymbals, the slice cleanly and easily, and Ahead claim they are better for your expensive cymbals than wood sticks, and i do believe it. They don't mark the cymbals at all. They only come in one colour and thats black, with the white nylon tip.

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        16.02.2006 22:24
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        Now we know where Lars get his metal from - his sticks!

        It's unfortunate that Metallica's Lars Ulrich may be remembered more as 'that rock star who got uppity about people downloading his songs for free' than the arguably creative drummer (though easily not best) of one of hard rock's biggest bands – but stuff happens.

        Despite this, Lars remains popular due to his band's legacy and often underrated creativity. So it makes sense for drum hardware manufacturers to benefit from this.

        I developed an instrument for drums – like many who were teens in the 80's and early 90's – by hearing Metallica and witnessing Lars. I however would never have bought one of these as it's a £30 luxury, got as a present. It is however worth it. It does however make feel like a Lars fawner also.

        The Lars Ulrich model of AHEAD's (Advanced High Efficiency Alloy Drumstick) Easton Alloy drumstick is a special drumstick as soon as you see it. It'll appeal to Lars fans as it's very familiar having featured in concert films since the late 90's – a classic black with white nylon tip. To juice full money's worth the sticks come in a plastic, rubber cap ended case with...instructions of usage, somewhat.

        Firstly, these US manufactured sticks come with a 60 day warranty. This is just unheard for drum accessories like these, therefore proof that AHEAD is confident with their product.

        The sticks themselves are basically around 5A quality (different signature models in the AHEAD range have different lengths and diameters according to featured artist preference. I'm sure Tommy Lee's is large..), but are slightly heavier. These are not wood sticks.
        The handle, which features a white bottom, is alloy. The rest is plastic. I've heard that some players have found these a little heavy but it took no more than a week or so to get used to them. I found I loved them within a day, this might've been accelerated by awe of the gift itself. You'll find that it might be heavier on the handle slightly, but the overall weight distribution makes it easier to move around the kit with little strain. And of course one of AHEAD's claims is their reduction of fatigued hands and joint damage. I haven't been using them long but they really do significantly feel better. AHEAD claims 50% less shock and vibration than wood sticks, and less than 1% weight variation compared to wood sticks. The sticks are well engineered and this can't be contested at all. These are perfect general hard rock sticks.

        Not being wood also creates a different character of hit. Coupled with the nylon tip (that can come off and be changed be with same or different quality tips if needs be) you find that there's quite an efficient response in movement, hitting and sound production. Though I have to admit I'm not sure whether I'm also imagining some things.
        Also, these sticks will last 6-10 times longer than wood sticks. And no wood means no splinters of sawdust piling up on your floor (at least I get that..) and keeps cymbals cleaner. The method though for changing worn or broken tips seems a bit of a messy hassle involving pliers, hair dryer and some super-glue, perhaps. If the sticks original tips last a year or more then I'll consider buying a new set just to avoid that hassle as it's reasonable enough. I don't think I'd go back to wood based on how it looks as well as feels. Though I'm happy to bypass the Lars signature if it's cheaper. I'd like my own!

        Stick life varies to how hard and frequent you wack (that sounds wrong...but I'll keep it) but baring in mind the precautions, listed on the reverse of the warranty sheet, that are sometimes overlooked, you're sure to keep your sticks beating longer: do not play the drums with handle ends beating the drums (I know drummers that do this, but not with these) and neither should you hit the drums with nothing but the nylon tip to avoid cracks and dents in the plastic cover. This applying to snare rim shots might be a pain for some drummers though.
        Though fortunately the covers of this model (LT) can be changed, but not interchanged with a different type. Instructions to do this are included, yet this seems a kitchen disaster too involving ovens and such...Perhaps AHEAD just want you to buy new sticks entirely despite availability of changeable parts? You can chuck 'em in your recycle bin when they've kicked the bucket though.

        AHEAD also plug drumming gloves and grip tape in the package – not a bad idea if you want to completely avoid severing fellow musicians heads with stray projectiles; they also just ease that general weight of grip so you focus on less-tiring drumming more. That said, the handles cup in your hands rather snugly.

        Though it sounds funny to be in awe of such an item, I really am very impressed with these. I'm truly glad to have 'em. Whether or not you like Lars, these are great quality rock sticks, and if you can't find any other artist model in the AHEAD range you like, at the end of the day they're all just AHEAD Easton Alloy Drumsticks.

        Look great, feel great, play great. Therefore great, bar the probable pains in changing tip and cover.

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        Precision crafted of aircraft grade aluminum with super durable, replaceable shaft covers, Ahead drumsticks are the choice of today's hardest hitting drummers on stage and studio. Always perfectly balanced and matched with cushioned grips, Ahead sticks ar