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Keep the intensity while lowering the volume!

The Steve Smith Tala Wands were conceived when Steve began playing with drummers from India and needed a way to blend with their sounds and be sensitive to lower volume levels. Other bundles worked as far as volume was concerned but they lacked the rebound he preferred.

A foam center surrounded by four flat bamboo slats wrapped in thin PVC.  This provides a variety of unique sounds with great rebound and feel. This product is unique in that they create softer sounds than sticks but are louder than other Tala Wand and Rute models.

A great choice for new sounds on drum set and multi-percussion setups!

FEATURES
Quantity and Sizing (Pairs)
  • Quantity: 1
  • Type: Rods
  • Drum Stick Size: Custom
  • Diameter: .585"
  • Length: 16-1/8 in.
Construction and Features
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Drum Stick Tip: Wood
  • Tip Shape: None
  • Taper: Not Applicable
  • Finish: Natural
Other
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Grip Material: Yes
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Vic FirthSteve Smith Tala Wand
 
4.1

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome! Just don't expect long life

I absolutely love these. I've only owned the birch ones so far, so this review is relevant to those only. The feel of these is better than any other multi-rods I've tried, and...Read complete review

I absolutely love these. I've only owned the birch ones so far, so this review is relevant to those only. The feel of these is better than any other multi-rods I've tried, and I've tried nearly all of them. I can play as fast and as articulate with these as I can with regular sticks. Ghost strokes, buzz rolls, double strokes, etc. are no problem and feel entirely natural. I've even found that rim shots are easier with these than with sticks due to the slight give upon impact, which makes the sound more reliable and consistent. These rods do exactly what they were designed to do - reduce volume and sacrifice nothing in playability.The Downside: These are built more like a finely-tuned sports car than a tractor. Even though I play light to moderate (I am not a cymbal chopper), I have found the lifespan of these to be about 15-20 hours of actual playing. First the ends begin to flare, which makes the sound slightly less precise, and then the first dowel breaks. When that happens you might as well throw them away because when you play, the foam core protrudes through the gap, at which point you begin to sound like a beginning drum student. I'm going to try the bamboo model next. Hopefully the added durability will not significantly reduce the other great features of these rods.Flawless performanceShort lifespan Seem a bit pricey

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Almost A Good Stick ...

I was very excited to try the new Tala Wands. I am a studio drummer and look for sticks that I can practice with at low volume levels and maintain a high level of...Read complete review

I was very excited to try the new Tala Wands. I am a studio drummer and look for sticks that I can practice with at low volume levels and maintain a high level of control with. I usually use Pro-Mark Hot Rods, but after shredding several pairs I opted for something diffrent. The Talas have a much better feel and balance, but sadly disintegrated even quicker than the Pro-Marks! The dowels slid out of the sleeve and the foam core found its way out into the open within the first 10 minutes of (seriously) moderate use. These proved to be the flimsiest sticks I have ever played with - EVER. Save the cash and buy the Pro-Mark Hot Rods. These are a terrible buy.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Almost A Good Stick ...

By Buck72

from Cabot, AR

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Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

I was very excited to try the new Tala Wands. I am a studio drummer and look for sticks that I can practice with at low volume levels and maintain a high level of control with. I usually use Pro-Mark Hot Rods, but after shredding several pairs I opted for something diffrent. The Talas have a much better feel and balance, but sadly disintegrated even quicker than the Pro-Marks! The dowels slid out of the sleeve and the foam core found its way out into the open within the first 10 minutes of (seriously) moderate use. These proved to be the flimsiest sticks I have ever played with - EVER. Save the cash and buy the Pro-Mark Hot Rods. These are a terrible buy.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome! Just don't expect long life

By Daryl Rue

from Campobello, SC

Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

I absolutely love these. I've only owned the birch ones so far, so this review is relevant to those only. The feel of these is better than any other multi-rods I've tried, and I've tried nearly all of them. I can play as fast and as articulate with these as I can with regular sticks. Ghost strokes, buzz rolls, double strokes, etc. are no problem and feel entirely natural. I've even found that rim shots are easier with these than with sticks due to the slight give upon impact, which makes the sound more reliable and consistent. These rods do exactly what they were designed to do - reduce volume and sacrifice nothing in playability.The Downside: These are built more like a finely-tuned sports car than a tractor. Even though I play light to moderate (I am not a cymbal chopper), I have found the lifespan of these to be about 15-20 hours of actual playing. First the ends begin to flare, which makes the sound slightly less precise, and then the first dowel breaks. When that happens you might as well throw them away because when you play, the foam core protrudes through the gap, at which point you begin to sound like a beginning drum student. I'm going to try the bamboo model next. Hopefully the added durability will not significantly reduce the other great features of these rods.Flawless performanceShort lifespan Seem a bit pricey

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good and Bad

By Winged Wheel Watcher

from Ann Arbor, MI

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Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

The Good:The foam center works well to make the sound softer and the feel less rigid. Also, it actually helps these wear out more slowly, because each dowel is hitting the foam upon impact rather than another brittle dowel next to it. Also, the grips and feel of these are really good.The Bad:The dowels will flare out and get wider at the top over time/use. This lends to a sloppy feel and sound, as well as the foam center having more "play" in it. I remedied this by wrapping a small rubber band (several times) around the top of the stick, but cymbal sounds and the feel are sacrificed. Also, the dowels do come out/break easily. Let's face it, these tiny dowels are not sticks, so of course they aren't going to be nearly as durable, but for as quick as they wear out, (and the price) they should be more durable. I use these at band rehearsel (to keep volume down) once or twice a week. I'm going through about a pair every 2 months. That gets pricey!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works very well

By Worshipdrummer

from Gerogia, U.S.A.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    I use these with an acoustic kit I play in a country gospel group. They produce a more mellow sound and lower volume but you can still be heard. The only down side is you cannot play cross-stick with them; its snare or rim-shot only. They do sound good on a ride cymbal but they are a little low on the high-hat. I may try the bamboo wands soon because they may solve the high-hat volume problem but still be "soft" enough on everything else.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Wood

    By tom the engineer

    from Southern Maine

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good For Low Volume
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Well Balanced

    Cons

    • How Long Will They Lasf
    • How Long Will They Last

    Best Uses

    • Low Volume Playing

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    just rec'd the bamboo version. They feel good, nice balance and rebound and are definitely quieter than rods. Good cymbal tone. I'm optimistic that they will be durable, bamboo is stringy and strong, but time and playing will tell. The vinyl is slightly worn after a week of playing. I will have to adjust my technique, these are not sticks. I'm very happy so far.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tala Wands: Best of the rest

    By Wetasafish

    from Santa Clarita, CA

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    I play in a band at my church and have toured with nationally and internationally with name bands. I play loud without flailing my arms, but too loud for church. I've used the Hot Rods, thunder Rods and even the Rute's and the Tala Wands are the best of them all. I've found that they last three to four sessions before the rods begin to break. The bamboo last longer, but the sound is different and louder.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best rebound of all dowels

    By No One Important

    from Live Oak, FL

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    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    These dowels offer the best rebound of all the dowel centric sticks. They have a foam center core that really creates a great bounce. They play as good if not better than actual sticks with a much lower volume. These are my favorite specialty sticks and I own many different types. They do wear out quicker than most though.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good untill the foam breaks

    By persnickity drumstick guy

    from Thomasville, GA

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    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    Inside each of these tala wands is a small foam tube. When the foam breaks the wands are completely useless. If you ask me, buy the Pro Mark Hot Rods instead. There's no foam to break.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    not so good

    By Kyle-rz-PQ

    from Pa

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    These sticks were horrible, the wood rods would come out of the heat shrink wrap while playing. It was a constant fight keeping them together everytime using them. I solved the problem, I bought promarks product, these havn't fallen apart on me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dynamic Aids "indeed"

    By Rev Ronn

    from Hannibal Mo.

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    Pros

    • appreciated by vocalists
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • they wont replace a good wire brush

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    On a jazz job 12 or 13 years ago, I tried for the first time the {gift} set I was given by a vocalist friend. I have continued using them ever since. Swing, jazz, country or gospel use, as you know of course, controlled dynamics as does drumming period. The Tala wand offers control with fun. Try 'em, and avoid a few "you're too loud" when your in the groove. In sixty years of playing I've been there.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fun, fun and all that Jazz !!

    By Rev Ronn

    from Hannibal Mo.

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jazz & Gospel venues

        Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

        I was introduced to these by a friend years ago, and have used them ever since. Sticks & brushes are still number one choice. But the Tala wand is a great addition to the stick bag. Next time use them behind your lead vocalist and see if you don't get a smile and comment like; "Thanks for the feel, without the noise !"
        Try them you may like them, Rjp

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great alternative

        By GCH

        from Washington, DC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

            No sure that these are better than root/rod of the same type, but they are good quality and the bamboo does seem to make it more durable. They don't sound like sticks, but not like brushes either. They will allow you to really play when the venue is too small or the other instruments too quiet. You should definitely have a pair in your bag.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tala Wands - Magic Wands...Same Thing!

            By BobbyV

            from Pawley's Island, South Carolina

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            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Great Color
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Low Cymbal Volume

            Best Uses

            • Great For Light Jazz
            • Practicing

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

            These Wands look and feel great right out of the package. When sticks are too heavy and brushes are too light, these wands are perfect. The color is amazing and the bamboo holds up well under normal applications. This is a great stick at a great price.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love the Wands

            By tom the engineer

            from Southern Maine

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • Splinters

            Best Uses

            • Any Low Volume Drumming

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

            These wands work well and seem pretty durable. As they wear down the fibers of the bamboo start to split apart and can give you skinny splinters if you're not careful. I wish they had a little more definition on cymbals but they are good for low volume playing. Avoid rimshots and cross stick playing and they sound pretty nice.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best low volume sticks available!

            By jcb810

            from Atlanta, Ga

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Volume Gigs
              • Practice With The Band

              Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

              I purchased the bamboo sticks and they are great. The feel is great. They are smaller around than "hot rods" and "lightning rods". They have low sound on the cymbals and yet you can still get a little more sound on the snare if needed. Best sticks I have found for low volume play when you want to feel like you're still playing a kit.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Brush or Stick?

              By Rev Ronn

              from Hannibal Mo.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                Don't complain they don't last, they do when you use them properly. They are designed for softer dynamics, use your wooden or nylon tipped sticks when you need more. Great product I use them all the time. Bamboo or Birch are both fine !!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good purchase!!!

                By dave

                from virginia

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                Pros

                • All Styles Of Music
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Action
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Softer Sound Than Sticks

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • All Styles Of Music

                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                After watching Steve in the video I knew I would like these & placed the order. I like the sound & how easy they are to use.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great stix

                By Wild drummer 13

                from Springfield, LA

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Well constructed

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                  Great sticks for warm up at gigs when you don't want to be loud yet can check your kit. Also during rehersals your not blasting everyone out. Have owned several other brands however these have been the best by far. Very durable

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Nice snap, but brittle

                  By Bryan Bates

                  from Ithaca, NY

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                  Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                  Love the snappy sound it brings to the snare. Light and responsive with a nice bounce off both cymbals and drumheads. Birch dowels seem brittle on mine, though.

                  Second time I used it, a dowel snapped right off while playing a high hat pattern. Decidedly less responsive afterwards.

                  Probably won't chance another set of these in the future.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Your solution for lower volume drumming

                  By JMarsh

                  from Sacramento, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Good Sound Low Volume

                  Cons

                  • Not Free But Worth Cost

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • When Drumsticks Are Loud

                  Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                  Quieter than drum sticks, and sound better than rods. I didn't like the wooden click and the lack of bounce from the rod stick I bought previously. This was the perfect solution. They are probably the closest sound and feel you can get to a drum stick at lower volume. Great product, I got the bamboo and I am pretty confident they won't break anytime soon (I don't hit super hard)

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