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Mike Mangini’s Wicked Piston features American hickory construction and a unique design that starts out at .580” (1.47cm) in the grip and slowly incr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Mike Mangini’s Wicked Piston features American hickory construction and a unique design that starts out at .580” (1.47cm) in the grip and slowly increases slightly towards the middle of the stick until it reaches .620” (1.57cm) in diameter and then tapers back down to an acorn tip.

Mike’s reason for this design is so that the stick has slightly added front weight for a solid, consistent “throw” and transient sound. With the extra length, you can adjust how much front weight you’re implementing by slightly moving your fulcrum point up or down on the stick. You’ll also get a fat sounding rimshot crack from the added front weighted taper.

FEATURES
  • Quantity & Sizing (Pairs)
  • Quantity: 1
  • Type: Sticks
  • Drum Stick Size: Custom
  • Diameter:.580"
  • Length: 16-3/4"
  • Construction & Features
  • Material: Hickory
  • Drum Stick Tip: Wood
  • Tip Shape: Acorn
  • Taper: Medium
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Other
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Grip Material:No

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VaterMike Mangini Wicked Piston
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)

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4.0

Great stick with an interesting footprint.

By Christopher

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Comments about Vater Mike Mangini Wicked Piston:

TLDR This is a great new stick with an interesting build. Heavy and made to go fast with ease. Strikes heads and cymbals with power and might while feeling you are in total control. Wood quality was my only issue with these: read below to see why.

This is a "good" stick. The handle is thinner than the main shaft of the stick giving it good balance right in the center however if you are not used to this it might feel very tip heavy. The stick is also very heavy weighing almost double of what my other (daily use) sticks do. I like the acorn style tip, it gives great attack on the head, taking up more real estate.
than other tip types. It also sounds awesome on cymbals giving you a very loud ping type noise with the tip or a nice smooth crashing feel.

My one issue with stick was the wood quality and feel of the actual wood. There is a lacquer on this stick and in general the stick feels smooth. However when hitting the sticks together the wood has an almost hollow feel to it, even though it has some girth. This is the only reason for 4 stars. (i would have said 4.5 but there was not an option)
I am not sure if all the pairs are like this or if the internet did me in again when it comes to ordering sticks. Going to a local store might cost you a few more money per pair but at least you have multiple options to chose from.

 
5.0

Great Sticks!

By Tim

from Southbury, CT

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Vater Mike Mangini Wicked Piston:

These sticks have great feel to them. If you've watched the Mike Mangini promo video for these sticks and then actually use them then it makes sense.

 
5.0

AMAZING Sticks!

By KeMo from Tex

from McKinney, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vater Mike Mangini Wicked Piston:

    Absolutely LOVE the feel and functionality of the Wicked Piston sticks. GREAT product. BUY THESE NOW! :)

     
    5.0

    Very impressed

    By The Dirty One

    from Wheeling, WV

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Vater Mike Mangini Wicked Piston:

      I was very excited to try these out. You can definitely feel the enhanced "throw" that Mike talks about in his videos. It was a little weird at first since I'm used to the weight of the stick being in my hand instead of at the end, but after 1 practice with my band I had it down. The stick does most of the work for you so I had to adjust my technique a little bit. I'm usually a hard hitter, but these sticks make my movements a little more economical.

      The bounce produced by the acorn tip and larger diameter near the taper is very organic. My ghost notes (something I've never excelled in) are much more ghosty as I don't have to put in as much effort to produce the effect. I've only had them for a couple of days so we will see how well they hold up. I'm not traditionally a fan of hickory (I prefer birch) but if these puppies make it through a few shows I'll be satisfied.

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