“The concept of this signature stick came to fruition over time as I found that slightly thinner sticks would eventually become less balanced as they wore from usage, whereas the larger diameter ones often felt too weighty, potentially maxing out sound thresholds in certain situations. As a result, we developed what sounds, feels, and reacts like a refined instrument in and of itself with this unique AM 595 model,” says 30-plus year AFM member Anthony Michelli. The Local 149 (Toronto, ON) member’s signature Vater drumstick was released this year.
DW Drums Black Sheep Beater was designed by drummer Rich Redmond of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). The adjustable bass drum beater offers drummers easy solutions for changing the sound of their bass drums on the fly. Black Sheep Beater has two distinct sonic variations. At the core is a black-stained maple beater that delivers ample punch and attack. A quick and easy to install elastic black wool covering provides the perfect soft thump for open bass drum tunings.