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Corpsmaster sticks carry the signature of a legendary corps performer and teacher. The Ralph Hardimon is made of hickory and has a barrel tip and lon...Click To Read More About This Product

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Corpsmaster sticks carry the signature of a legendary corps performer and teacher. The Ralph Hardimon is made of hickory and has a barrel tip and long taper for great rebound and super control. 17"L, .710" diameter.


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Vic FirthCorpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks
 
4.7

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Lumber

I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first...Read complete review

I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first pair of Bolero #2s from the early 1970s which had his name wood burned on the butt end, before his sticks were mass produced.

I play very loud music on a very large 80s vintage kit, with oversized, very deep drums (12x12, 13x13, 14x14, 15x15, 16x16, 18x16 and a mounted 28" gong bass). No stick draws the sound from my cannons like the Ralph Hardimon's and the MS1s. They project the sound without my having to flail at the drums and the Hardimon nylon tips provide ultimate cymbal response. They come in tone matched and weight matched pairs and are remarkably consistent.

They are certainly not for every kit drummer. At 7/10's of an inch diameter and 17" long they are heavy baseball bats, but with practice they offer superb control and dexterity.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality, chips/dents easily, extremely "fat" stick.

As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's...Read complete review

As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's Marching Percussion line. The Vic Firth logo and markings come off with a couple hours of use - though that doesn't affect play-ability, it just looks bad. Also, these sticks are extremely "fat" - or have a large diameter barrel - which tends to be very uncomfortable and leads to blisters along the base of the index finger. If you have an average to small hand, these sticks will feel like clubs. Seriously consider Regal Tip or Promark before buying a pair of these.

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5.0

great buy

By sarjoco

from Houston, TX

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

    Bought these on the recommendation of my 6 year old daughter as a gift for a nephew. Loved the wood better than the plastic and they worked great. He loved them.

     
    5.0

    !!!!

    By Kinijl9

    from Houston, TX

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

      !!!!

       
      5.0

      Great Sticks

      By Joe

      from Lake Harding, Alabama

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Marching Band

        Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

        Great sticks. My son is in the marching band and I buy him these sticks every year.

         
        5.0

        Great Price for some Great Snare Sticks!

        By BandTogether Drummer

        from Alton, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Marching Performance
          • Practicing

          Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

          I'm a HUGE fan of these Ralph Hardimon Corpsmaster snare sticks, and the price from this site just COULD NOT BE BEAT!!! I bought the nylon beads, but the wood beads are also a high quality marching stick and are the same price from here. Shipping was free and fast-- they arrived at my house three days after I ordered (and one of those days was a Sunday, so...)! Great sticks, great price, great service, fast delivery! You'll NOT be disappointed!!!

           
          5.0

          Excellent customer service

          By Granny

          from Muscatine, Iowa

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

              I ordered drum sticks for my granddaughter/marching band

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor quality, chips/dents easily, extremely "fat" stick.

              By Snare Drummer

              from Cleveland, Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Functional

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • Kindling

              Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

              As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's Marching Percussion line. The Vic Firth logo and markings come off with a couple hours of use - though that doesn't affect play-ability, it just looks bad. Also, these sticks are extremely "fat" - or have a large diameter barrel - which tends to be very uncomfortable and leads to blisters along the base of the index finger. If you have an average to small hand, these sticks will feel like clubs. Seriously consider Regal Tip or Promark before buying a pair of these.

               
              4.0

              I bought these for my son, and he is loving them.

              By Band kids mom

              from Centralial. IL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                my son uses them for marching band, jazz band and concerts they play in high school.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Lumber

                By Drumbo Thunder

                from USA

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balanced
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Tone Matched

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Big Sticks For Big Drums
                  • Concerts
                  • Ideal For Volume Tone
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                  I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first pair of Bolero #2s from the early 1970s which had his name wood burned on the butt end, before his sticks were mass produced.

                  I play very loud music on a very large 80s vintage kit, with oversized, very deep drums (12x12, 13x13, 14x14, 15x15, 16x16, 18x16 and a mounted 28" gong bass). No stick draws the sound from my cannons like the Ralph Hardimon's and the MS1s. They project the sound without my having to flail at the drums and the Hardimon nylon tips provide ultimate cymbal response. They come in tone matched and weight matched pairs and are remarkably consistent.

                  They are certainly not for every kit drummer. At 7/10's of an inch diameter and 17" long they are heavy baseball bats, but with practice they offer superb control and dexterity.

                   
                  4.0

                  Ralph Hardimon Corpsmaster

                  By Bixbydrumline

                  from Tulsa,OK

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Sound
                  • Weight Distribution

                  Cons

                  • To Thick

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                  This stick is one of the best I've used. The downside is that it's to thick. It's also hard on rim shots.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great price, great feel

                  By Jen L.

                  from Roanoke, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                    This was the fourth set of these sticks I've ordered for my son who is a sophomore in high school. He plays snare in marching band and loves these sticks. They take a beating with rim shots, but overall have held up really well. It's halfway through the season and he's still on his first pair. He has one set he practices with, one set he marches games with, one pair he saves for competitions, and now, one backup pair. I'd order them again in a heartbeat. Musician's Friend were out of stock on them when I first ordered them. I'm glad they have them now as they have the best price and fast delivery.

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