When asked ‘why bamboo’ we didn’t expect the response be to as incredibly compelling as it turned out to be… Firstly, bamboo grows really fast, really quickly so it’s a totally renewable resource. Besides being eco, bamboo is one of the strongest woods on the planet, meaning you can hit very hard. Plus, bamboo has a higher shock absorbency rate so you can play them longer, more comfortably. They’re incredibly light, so you can have a much larger stick without the additional weight. And these bamboo sticks makes a distinct, velvet tone that we can’t help but adore.
Full disclosure, we loved them so much we decided to partner up with them! Every Obilab kit comes with a brand new pair of Boso Bamboo drumsticks.
2. Nylon Brushes
Most drumstick companies make their own versions in different sizes and quantities of bristles. Brush work is an art in itself that takes practice and technique to master, traditionally being done with wire brushes to get that cool, jazzy-linger sound. Nylon brushes are fun because they provide a similar syncopation, that ‘spread out’ a hit but are much easier to use than wire brushes. Nylon brushes also have a bounce back that metal doesn’t, so you get an extra ‘hoppy’ sound.
3. Rods / Bundles
Basically, someone had the brilliant idea to bundle-up a bunch of little rods to make one big fat drumstick. Usually they’re made with birch wood rods literally banded together, different companies and models using a different number of rods and widths. These babies are an exact middle ground between a traditional drumstick and a metal brush. They’re perfect for using when you want something stronger sounding than a brush but think a stick would be overpowering. The sound is special, a broad but not too loud pulse and they’re impressively easy to control.
4. Dreadlock Brushes
Not your average metal brush, these babies are more akin to some sort of gardening tool. Also not for the faint at heart, Vic Firth created Dreadlock Brushes by twisting together heavy-gauge stainless steel. Like the thickness of the looped together wires, the sound is much, much louder than traditional metal brushes. The result is a heavy but poppy, big scrapy, raspy articulation that is as unique as it’s impossible to ignore.