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Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle

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The retractable Vic Firth Jazz Brush is extra-heavy with an adjustable spread up to 6". With oversized metal triangular pull rod and a plastic handle....Click To Read More About This Product

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The retractable Vic Firth Jazz Brush is extra-heavy with an adjustable spread up to 6". With oversized metal triangular pull rod and a plastic handle.


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Vic FirthJazz Brush Plastic Handle
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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  • Good quality (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice and good so far

I just got these brushes and put them through their paces at church Sunday night. The are very nice indeed, and when you lay into the drums and cymbals with them you get a...Read complete review

I just got these brushes and put them through their paces at church Sunday night. The are very nice indeed, and when you lay into the drums and cymbals with them you get a most surprising attack, especially the toms, snare and crash cymbals. The ride is excellent as well, but only the first few rows hear that cymbal as my drums and cymbals are not miked. As previous reviewers rightfully noted, you can get a killer train beat with these babies too.Just two areas of concern (for me) is the durability and weight of the brushes. My old Firth Gadd brushes started falling apart almost immediately after buying them. Great feeling and lightweight brushes though they were, I found that unacceptable. Brushes have always lasted me several years, but not those. As for the weight of these Firth Jazz brushes, they are a a lot heavier than I would normally use, but it certainly helps to have the nice, long knurled grip area on the brushes, which would seem to help with any possible control issues and slipping from the hands. The more I played them, the more I learned to like the weight and tried to use it to my advantage and learn new technique.I'll write a follow-up review should these start falling apart as the Gadd brushes did, but so far so good as no wires fell out Sunday night, and I used them more than I normally would and played them hard too.Now I have to try those new Firth Live Wires brushes, as between these brushes and those, Hot Rods and my trusty stash of NOS wood tip Johnny Rabb Keltner Slim Jim's I found on ebay, that should keep the complainers at my church happy for awhile. The shield helps a lot too, but I loathe the thing - but it did get me wearing proper hearing protection; so please, while here, buy yourself some Etymotic ETY High Fidelity ear plugs, they are worth the nominal investment to save your most precious of all senses. They may be hard to get used to at first (they were for me), but soon you'll wonder why and how you ever played without protection.

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Retracable Problems

Although the wires are exceptional & the weight lends to a nice tasty quiet but driving sound, they are very stiff when you have to retarct them back into the handle. The first...Read complete review

Although the wires are exceptional & the weight lends to a nice tasty quiet but driving sound, they are very stiff when you have to retarct them back into the handle. The first time I used them, they came out of the handle. The problem is you have to pull so hard that by the time you get to the end of the handle you pop the rubber stop right out. Maybe a small amount of bar soap may help if it's applied to the metal shaft.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great But Heavy

By cymbalrider

from NC

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Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

I've had these for a a long time. Still holding up, I've only lost a few bristles (they bent and I pulled them out). They are heavy though, so the name "jazz brush" is sort of deceiving. The bristles themselves are a heavier wire and the handle is a heavier plastic. This does make them louder but not as smooth as lighter brushes I've used (The light Promarks). They are a bit hard to pull in and out but that's not a huge deal. Like most things Vic Firth, they are heavier than average but work well.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice and good so far

By DW5000 Man 4 Life

from Red Banks, MS

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Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

I just got these brushes and put them through their paces at church Sunday night. The are very nice indeed, and when you lay into the drums and cymbals with them you get a most surprising attack, especially the toms, snare and crash cymbals. The ride is excellent as well, but only the first few rows hear that cymbal as my drums and cymbals are not miked. As previous reviewers rightfully noted, you can get a killer train beat with these babies too.Just two areas of concern (for me) is the durability and weight of the brushes. My old Firth Gadd brushes started falling apart almost immediately after buying them. Great feeling and lightweight brushes though they were, I found that unacceptable. Brushes have always lasted me several years, but not those. As for the weight of these Firth Jazz brushes, they are a a lot heavier than I would normally use, but it certainly helps to have the nice, long knurled grip area on the brushes, which would seem to help with any possible control issues and slipping from the hands. The more I played them, the more I learned to like the weight and tried to use it to my advantage and learn new technique.I'll write a follow-up review should these start falling apart as the Gadd brushes did, but so far so good as no wires fell out Sunday night, and I used them more than I normally would and played them hard too.Now I have to try those new Firth Live Wires brushes, as between these brushes and those, Hot Rods and my trusty stash of NOS wood tip Johnny Rabb Keltner Slim Jim's I found on ebay, that should keep the complainers at my church happy for awhile. The shield helps a lot too, but I loathe the thing - but it did get me wearing proper hearing protection; so please, while here, buy yourself some Etymotic ETY High Fidelity ear plugs, they are worth the nominal investment to save your most precious of all senses. They may be hard to get used to at first (they were for me), but soon you'll wonder why and how you ever played without protection.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Depends

By Theo-3pfHb

from New Jersey

Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

These are very stiff brushes. I don't mean pulling them in and out. The retraction is alright, and they stay at the level you pull them out to. If you just want to play regular drums but quieter these might be a good pick. As far as jazz is concerned these just don't cut it. The purple Vic Firth ones are better and have a lot more swoosh.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The resistance is what makes them great.

By Skip Frederiksen

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

I love these brushes. People complain about the resistance in pulling the wires out and retracting them back in. This is what makes them great! Sometimes the song calls for the brushes to be halfway-retracted... you get more attack this way, less spread equals a softer but pronounced sound. Fully out, these brushes kick butt. You can tell how high-quality these babies are. The only fault I can find is that the handles are a little large/thick... but I'd rather have that than another brand which I won't mention here (the wires fell right out of one of the brushes after three months of LIGHT use). Not the case with my Vic Firths. I use these brushes regularly (as well as the Steve Gadds also by VF), and I also playu VF sticks. Highly recommended for all styles of brush-based music, from mellow indie rock (the stuff I play) to jazz. The price is right, too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Retracable Problems

By Bruce R

from Union, NJ

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Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

Although the wires are exceptional & the weight lends to a nice tasty quiet but driving sound, they are very stiff when you have to retarct them back into the handle. The first time I used them, they came out of the handle. The problem is you have to pull so hard that by the time you get to the end of the handle you pop the rubber stop right out. Maybe a small amount of bar soap may help if it's applied to the metal shaft.

 
5.0

Jazz Brush

By jms1104

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

    These are well made and durable.

     
    5.0

    Best versatile brushes on the planet!

    By Tin can Carl

    from Egypt, Pa,

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

      I have a lot of live shows and use these brushes for three to four times per show and used the same pair for about 5yrs.

       
      5.0

      Built like a tank

      By Jason G

      from Atlanta GA

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

          In general a great set of brushes. The only downside I can come up with is that after I played them for about a decade, the rubber in the ends eventually broke down and left black goop all over the inside of my stick bag one day. If the rods got hard to push/pull, I would always pull them all the way out and rub the metal pushrods with my fingers. I guess I had just enough oil in my skin to keep the rods moving. So as long as you can stand *only* having these things around to enjoy for a decade, then i would very much recommend them.

           
          5.0

          Great Brushes

          By KEWE

          from South OC, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

              I've owned more pairs of brushes than I'd like to account for and these are some of the best. They slide across the snare with great tonal range for that Miles Davis slow jam feel and yet they're tight and snappy for a jazzed up number.

               
              4.0

              Swwwwisssh....brushes

              By cymbalrider

              from NC

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              Comments about Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle:

              Great set of brushes to have. They are a little heavier than some, so projection is easy. The bristles are a little stiffer too. The only problem with them is the ease at which you can retract them. It gets kinda hard to pull them out or push them in. But at least you don't have to worry about them collapsing :)

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