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Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand  Bamboo

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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 sensit...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

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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1.0

Do not buy these

By Justin

from Santa Maria, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

    I would not ever recommend these to anyone. I liked the concept of the slats and bamboo and they felt great but they were not as functional as I had hoped. The rubber on the striking zone killed all cymbal articulation. They were completely destroyed after 1 use.

     
    4.0

    Excellent product

    By Neighbor Bill

    from Greer, SC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      Excellent product, just not as quiet as I had hoped. Would, and probably will, purchase again.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Steve Smith tala wand

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      Well,
      I am really disappointed with these sticks. maybe with some good mics on the kit they might do well but for a platform performance with no mics on the drums you can barely hear the kit with these. I will have to modify them to use them somehow. The foam in the middle of the sticks is simply to soft and mushy.

       
      1.0

      Waste of money

      By Tat2ddrummer

      from Marlow, Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Core keeps falling out
        • fell apart fast
        • Not Functional
        • Poor Quality
        • very brittle

        Best Uses

        • scratching hard to reach places

        Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

        Bought these looking for a change in sounds and far as this style of stick goes. I didn't like anything about them, feel, response, anything, i have to say these are hands down the worst I have ever used.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dynamic Aids "indeed"

        By Ronn

        from undisclosed

        About Me Professional Musician

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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 Ronn

        from undisclosed

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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.

                 
                5.0

                Pure fun...

                By Gato Stew - The Invisible Drummer

                from Kansas City, KS area

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Cymbal Tomes
                • Good Quality
                • Nice Rebound
                • Ultralight Touch

                Cons

                • Foam Core Slips Out

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Intimate Acoustic Setting
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                When a lighter volume or airy cymbal work is in order so are these wands. Magic wands...

                 
                2.0

                Almost There

                By Worldbeat Man

                from Santa Rosa, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                I got the "Slatz" pair and these sticks are a step closer to that elusive goal of multirod sticks: Good stick definition on the cymbal, but low volume. The problem is that the bamboo slats have a different thickness between. This results in a pair of sticks with a different weight and feel for each stick. Not good. If Vic Firth could put some effort in creating a balanced pair of sticks, these would be slick.

                 
                4.0

                TALA

                By Heypockyway

                from W Philly, PA

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Tribal

                Cons

                • Break On Rims

                Best Uses

                • Percussion
                • Toms
                • Tribal

                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                These are great aux. sticks... They do give off a bit of a buzz in recording but serve their purpose none the less... Great for quieter gigs/ wallpaper music...

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