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Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks
Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks
Published by DrummerMom
08-30-2006
Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

About a year ago I noticed a lump on my right hand while playing my drums. It hurt when I played so I had to stop playing for a few days. When I stated playing again after only a few minutes my hand started hurting again. I decided to see if there was any drum sticks I could get to help ease the pain while playing. I went to the doctor and was told a had a ganglion cyst that may or may not go away on it's own.
I researched until I found Zildjian Anti vibe sticks. So off to the drum shop I went. I was hoping that these sticks would allow me to play without the pain until the cyst went away or I had to have it removed. Fortunetly it went away on its own and I found an awesome brand of drumsticks!

These sticks are hollowed out at the butt end of the stick and have a rubber stopper in the end
The hollowed out chamber was 2 inches into the shaft. This dimension seemed to be far enough in to absorb a noticeable amount of shock, though not too far in to change the balance point or center of balance to where it would feel odd or would make you choke up on the stick too much.

The plus side:

Hickory!

These sticks are great! I don't feel fatigue even after playing for an hour. They absorb all of the shock so to speak.
They come in 7A, 5A, 5B, 2B, Super 5A,Super 5B, and Trigger stick sizes. All of them are available in nylon or wood tip(tear drop shaped).

The minus side:

Most drummers and percussionist that I have talked to about these sticks don't seem to like them. They have stated that they don't feel they get the bounce out of these sticks like they do with other sticks. Also, most people think these sticks are expensive. I say forget the cost, I'm more concerned about comfort!


Overall:

I think they are great sticks and will benefit many players.
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By jckicker1 on 05-11-2009, 05:42 PM
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Thumbs up Re: Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

ohh awsome!I am a 13 yr old drummer and i have dat bumps on my had wen i play and it hurts like crap but i put on some tape so it wont rubb my fiinger but it didnt help much so i also bought those drumstick>
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By Harry on 05-11-2009, 07:10 PM
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Talking Re: Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

Hi Drummermom,

I used to have the same problem, I found I was not relaxed enough and I was squeezing the sticks a bit too much.

I started to review my technique to be sure I held the sticks real loosely.
I needed to have some spare sticks "on the ready" because I lost them now and then.
A couple of months ago I discovered a drumstick with a very odd shape, like a swelling on the butt end.
It was the Trueline -Billy Ward -Power Grip.

No other drummer that I know rates these sticks, but given the pedegree of Billy I bought a couple of pairs, and I love them, because I can have a super relaxed grip- and I do not loose my sticks anymore. (the sticks are held just in front of the thicker part) They are also nicely made and from Hickory.

So, the moral is, it does not matter what other drummers think about sticks, it is soohhh personal!
Playing without agony is for sure more important than anything else I would think.

I am glad you found a nice solution, for injuries can spoil the fun of drumming and even a career!

Cheers and happy drumming,
Harry
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By Harry on 05-11-2009, 07:15 PM
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Re: Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

Hi Everybody,
I have no idea why that Member reviews graph popped up in my post.
Cheers, Harry
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Re: Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

I'll tell you what I agree completely with the reviewer. Rarely does a product deliver on exactly what it promises. I love these anti-vibe sticks. I do not use them as much as I use too. But I do keep a few pair in my stick bag at all times. They most definitely reduce the fatigue from playing. I do not find the many complaints I have read about these sticks to be warrented. I am surprised that so many drummers have a negative opinion of these sticks. I personally think Zildjian has come up with an innovative stick that lives up to it's advertized expectations. But we drummers are a funny lot, a product can get intially panned by the first few who try it and it just snowballs from there. I actually read a drummers comment on a message board somewhere that any one who uses Zildjian drumsticks isn't a real drummer. What a jerkoff. That gives you the idea of the mindset who makes a statement like that. He prolly has the I.Q. of a 5a stick. This comes from an arrogant simplton Idiot.--- T eBay Store - Cymbals and Snares: Cymbals, Drum Sticks, Drumheads
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By Drummer1234 on 01-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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If you are feeling stick distortion or developing a blister or a cyst, then your grip is incorrect. That could be for a number of reasons. Tension. Holding the stick in an incorrect position. Not relaxing upon contact with the drum head.

Additionally, you get stick distortion from using a stick that is too small for the type of music you are playing if you hit harder than the size of the stick physically allows you and what type of wood the stick is made of.

Example: try to play with a pair of 7A's on a loud John Bonham intensity tune. You will get stick distortion. If you move to a larger stick no distortion. ( providing you are holding the stick correctly and no tension.)

Anyone who had hit a baseball incorrectly with a wood bat will understand what I am talking about as you will have felt that horrible distortion from the bat when hitting the ball incorrectly and you were not holding the bat right.

So, it can be a combination of things.

I took a lesson from Jim Chapin and he constantly stressed "look absolutely no tension in my arms." Not that I had tension but he was demonstrating the Moeller method to show how drummers can not hurt themselves over many many years over beating the daylights out of our wonderful instruments.
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By Tainojim on 01-18-2013, 12:40 PM
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Re: Zildjian 7A Anti-vibe sticks

A drumstick, like any other tool, is an extension of your upper limbs. Comfort is being one with the tool(drum sticks).

As with the Moeler Mthod, Jim also taught how to bounce the stick. Hence the Flam.

Finger control methods also help the ease of tension. So besides using any stick that fits your comfort in playing, try different control methods. It's like changing positions to avoid fatigue.

Batteries Not Included.
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