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Prevents blisters and hand fatigue while offering feel and maximizing dexterity and grip. Will not unravel. 1" x 30'. One roll will wrap approximatel...Click To Read More About This Product

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Prevents blisters and hand fatigue while offering feel and maximizing dexterity and grip. Will not unravel. 1" x 30'. One roll will wrap approximately 5 pair of sticks.


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VaterStick and Finger Tape
 
3.5

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent answer for a heavy tour schedule!

This stuff is great as finger tape! I tour constantly and based out of the upper Midwest. It gets extremely cold outdoors (load ins/outs) and dry indoors. My fingers crack and...Read complete review

This stuff is great as finger tape! I tour constantly and based out of the upper Midwest. It gets extremely cold outdoors (load ins/outs) and dry indoors. My fingers crack and blood blister due to extended play times. Our show is between 3 and 3:20 hours so, as you can imagine, there are many many repetitive hits on the hat and snare.
My joints and fingers take a beating not only playing, but doing our own full production. I've been playing professionally for 35 years (I started very young) and it has taken it's toll on my body. This tape is great for saving those contact points. I tape the lower part of my left hand's first finger between my palm and first joint and my wedding band finger's second and third joint using two pieces of tape leaving the joint free.
This stuff lasts through the entire gig AND load out. I have to cut the tape off at the end of the night.
Great stuff! Thanks Vater and thanks Musicians Friend!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Vater as Stick Tape

This tape can be good if you?re willing to deal with what it takes to use it. Slightly overlapping, wrap your sticks as tightly as you can without ripping the tape apart....Read complete review

This tape can be good if you?re willing to deal with what it takes to use it. Slightly overlapping, wrap your sticks as tightly as you can without ripping the tape apart. Wrapping tightly will keep the tape from sliding down off of your stick when playing, as this tape only sticks to itself, and not to your stick. I use the Ahead drum sticks and can only speak for this type. Be prepared to use Band aids with this tape. Play for a while with your sticks wrapped, until your fingers start to blister and or hurt, then put on the band aids where needed. (Fabric band aids) Do this, on and off, until your hands get calices in all the right places. It will take some time? I change the tape, at the least, weekly. Using a razor blade, I carefully cut down the wrapped portion stick through the tape to remove it. NEVER LET THE END ON THE TAPE STICK TO ITSELF ON THE ROLL!!! It's almost impossible to get apart if you do. Remember, that it sticks only to itself. The tape will provide a great grip that can increase your attack speed substantially, BUT WILL cause blistering, and can be a pain in the A$$, for several reason, to use. However, I will still keep using it. Good luck!!!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

vater stick tape

By alex

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

i bought this tape cuz my fingers were TORE up and i needed to let them heal for a day or two without sacrificing practice time. the tape overall did the job i needed it to, it was comfortable and saved my fingers like i wanted. having said that, this type of tape can be found next to the band aids in any store for like one or two dollars, it just wont say vater on the tag. also, i found that when i put the tape on the sticks, it slid off after a song or two, however i play pretty hard.

good stuff, does the job, cool colors, but in my opinion, it's overpriced for what it is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By MikeyLikesDrums-nHUsb

from Newark, DE

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Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

I wasn't expecting much. But it is so cheap, I figured why not.I have been using the Ahead grip tape for some time, which I love, however the stuff is expensive after a while. For an active gigging musician, it gets expensive when you go through at least a pair of sticks per weekend. The Vater tape is very thin compared to Ahead grip tape, similar to a medical tape. However, its very easy to apply and is quite comfortable. Just secure the top end with a piece of electrical tape and you are good to go. I played two gigs so far and didn't drop a single stick and had no problems. The grip tape held up well and you can't beat the price. If you are a drummer on a budget, definitely give this a try. As good as Ahead grip tape? No. Better than a bare stick? Yes. A great bang for your buck.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great For Your Fingers, But Not For Your Sticks

By perks37

from Milford, NJ

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Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

This tape is great for your fingers because it prevents blisters and also makes your existing blisters not hurt as much, but this tape is no good for your sticks. The tape slides off after a while and it causes more blisters than the bare sticks would. Plus, if you're a drummer who can't hold onto his sticks, you need more practice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super tape !

By GP-wqq1Y

from Netherlands

Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

Tape your finger(s) not your sticks. I almost always have some nasty blister during and after a performance. Not with this tape though.I'll never leave home without it now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I haven't dropped a stick yet

By TD

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

When I buy new sticks I wrap them with this tape- and I don't drop a stick during gigs or at practice. Before, I would be into a groove, and "whoop", there would go a stick. My only complaint is that you HAVE TO fold back the loose end, or you will never get the roll started again, it really sticks to itself. I also wrapped my hot rods- a great improvment in grip.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sticky hands

By fuzzycuz

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

This is great at first, but the fabric starts to spread apart as you play exposing the sticky backing. The sticky stuff gets all over your hands. I would not recommend this product to anyone.

 
5.0

Great tape improves my grip,without grip fatigue.Non slip

By Rajah

from Dallas Oregon

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

    I have used this tape for a few years,I put it on everything.Just the right amount of sticky,It feels comfortable,non slip

     
    2.0

    Not for me

    By Alan

    from North Carolina

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

      This tape is functional in that it will definitely help you grip the stick. However, the tape slides down the stick because it doesn't have any adhesive or anything to hold it once on the stick. The tape does adhere well to itself but there is still nothing that keeps it from sliding.

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Randy

      from Jennings, Oklahoma

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

          This tape really feels good good on my sticks and keeps them from slipping out of my hands.

           
          5.0

          Excellent answer for a heavy tour schedule!

          By Darin

          from Fargo, ND

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Fairly expensive compared to athletic tape

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Saving a drumming career

          Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

          This stuff is great as finger tape! I tour constantly and based out of the upper Midwest. It gets extremely cold outdoors (load ins/outs) and dry indoors. My fingers crack and blood blister due to extended play times. Our show is between 3 and 3:20 hours so, as you can imagine, there are many many repetitive hits on the hat and snare.
          My joints and fingers take a beating not only playing, but doing our own full production. I've been playing professionally for 35 years (I started very young) and it has taken it's toll on my body. This tape is great for saving those contact points. I tape the lower part of my left hand's first finger between my palm and first joint and my wedding band finger's second and third joint using two pieces of tape leaving the joint free.
          This stuff lasts through the entire gig AND load out. I have to cut the tape off at the end of the night.
          Great stuff! Thanks Vater and thanks Musicians Friend!

           
          3.0

          The tape does its job but is expensive.

          By Pete

          from Lancashire England UK

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts

          Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

          Slips round fingers when trying to start it off

           
          4.0

          I'm going to order a couple more rolls!

          By The Hobbit

          from Denver Colorado

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

            My fingers crack really bad to where it's painful to play but this tape keeps them from cracking as bad it's just hard to get that first wrap started but I'll definitely keep using it.

             
            5.0

            Drummers need this tape

            By Rajah

            from Dallas Oregon

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              I always wrap my stix with black tape.The first time i played with this grip tape,,LIGHT- BULB,,I did'nt realize my hands slipped with black tape,but not with grip tape.Hit me by surprise.All these years i could have been using this.tape ,,just buy it.!

               
              2.0

              Ok, if you want to use it for a week

              By supersabianman

              from Wrightwood,CA

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              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              I used this as stick tape and it doesn't even have a good adhesive. It is comfy but it only lasts about a week and then it falls off. I would recommend the promark stick tape.

               
              3.0

              Griptape

              By Best Drummer Ever-OUlF9

              from Savannah,MO

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              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              I was happy that it lasted long but its not very good griptape. It sildes od the stick easy and its kind of hard to put on corectly. Works ok on fingers but is hard to remove by hand. I had to use scissors. I reccomend the pro-mark griptape.

               
              2.0

              Worst

              By SabianDrummer

              from Blossburg PA

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              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              This is one of the worst stick tapes ever! It slips of and doesnt even feel stickey on the under side but it doest absorb sweat. When the white absorbs sweat it turn yellow. just but a little duck tape at the top and bottom

               
              3.0

              Vater as Stick Tape

              By Disaster Master FLF

              from Amarillo, TX

              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              This tape can be good if you?re willing to deal with what it takes to use it. Slightly overlapping, wrap your sticks as tightly as you can without ripping the tape apart. Wrapping tightly will keep the tape from sliding down off of your stick when playing, as this tape only sticks to itself, and not to your stick. I use the Ahead drum sticks and can only speak for this type. Be prepared to use Band aids with this tape. Play for a while with your sticks wrapped, until your fingers start to blister and or hurt, then put on the band aids where needed. (Fabric band aids) Do this, on and off, until your hands get calices in all the right places. It will take some time? I change the tape, at the least, weekly. Using a razor blade, I carefully cut down the wrapped portion stick through the tape to remove it. NEVER LET THE END ON THE TAPE STICK TO ITSELF ON THE ROLL!!! It's almost impossible to get apart if you do. Remember, that it sticks only to itself. The tape will provide a great grip that can increase your attack speed substantially, BUT WILL cause blistering, and can be a pain in the A$$, for several reason, to use. However, I will still keep using it. Good luck!!!

               
              5.0

              awsome

              By pearlrules8

              from stillwater, MN

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              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              I love this tape it slips a little bit so I put some hockey tape on each end of the taped part of the stick. after about 1-2 monthes you might want to replace the tape. Over all it is great.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Tape, but minor inconveniences

              By Ravi Lad

              from Houston, TX

              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              Great tape, worth the price, but has some minor problems. Will use again!
              This is my first time using tape on my marching snare sticks, and I have to say its great in reducing pain from current blisters when playing. Putting it on the sticks though causes more blisters than the bare wood would.
              The roll literally sticks to itself, you have to make sure you keep the end of the tape loose for use nextime otherwise it will stick to itself and it will be VERY hard to pick off and start again.
              Very much worth the price, great for what you pay.

               
              1.0

              Vater is a disappointment

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Vater Stick and Finger Tape:

              When I first started I bought some vater sticks. they were good, but after a day or two of playing they chip easily, but they never break, big ups for that, they should teach vic firth that skill. Vater does lack on the feel aspect. i'm a feel guy and vater is poor on that, but with the grip tape i put them on my overly heavy vater 5a's and when I started playing the tape slowly came on the stick. I now know that with all the yaers of experimenting it's between ahead and pro-mark japanese white oak. BECAUSE THOSE STICKS DON'T CHIP LIKE CRAZY!

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