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Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge   

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The Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge is easy to attach to most drums from 8" to 15". Made of 19-plies of maple. Great for rimclicks....Click To Read More About This Product

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YamahaRuss Miller Groove Wedge
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Groove Wedge a winner

Folks, the negative reviewers just don't get it - the purpose of the wedge is to make cross sticking work on a 12 or 13" drum. Everyone knows rim clicks are feeble...Read complete review

Folks, the negative reviewers just don't get it - the purpose of the wedge is to make cross sticking work on a 12 or 13" drum. Everyone knows rim clicks are feeble at best on these types of drums, and if you want to do reggae, ballads, Latin or anything with clicks, you are lost without this item. It's a bit overpriced, yes, but it does EXACTLY what Yamaha says it will do. I put it on a 13x5 brass snare, and the rim clicks spank! Drummers, do your homework - this was not meant to be a Jam Block-type special effect, and when you talk about rim shots, you are totally lost in the woods. Yamaha should just lower the price by $10 and let us all "feel the love."

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

First of all, I have several custom snare drums to choose from when considering which drum to mount this wedge on. My first choice was a custom 12 lug Ludwig die cast rim which...Read complete review

First of all, I have several custom snare drums to choose from when considering which drum to mount this wedge on. My first choice was a custom 12 lug Ludwig die cast rim which I could not mount the wedge to. This is because the Ludwig rim is slightly curved which would not allow the wedge to mount flat nor flush. Thus, if you have a rim with any curve whatsoever this wedge will not mount properly. I then chose to mount it on one of my piccolo snare drums instead. With a triple flanged hoop, this mounted fine. Overall, I wasn't impressed. I was hoping to be "amazed" by a significant difference only to be disappointed. I did not hear any "major" difference that would justify the price. Unless everything you play requires cross-sticking I cannot justify the wedge. Even if I were doing cross-sticking for everything, I still cannot justify the wedge.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's okay.

By DrumrPete

from Illinois

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Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

Not a necessary part of a drum kit.
I hate to be negative, but I got the wedge today, and am underwhelmed. I'd hoped it was going to be a miraculous transformation of my cross-stick sound, but oddly, it sounds the same as my snare rim does...very much the same. It does sound good, but so does my cross-stick, and this is on a cheapo Gretsch Catalina Jazz snare (with some upgrades).

If you've been drumming a while, you have probably found the sweet spots on the head and rim, and found your pitches. The wedge is no different, it won't help you get a "better" tone, if you don't already know how to get a good sound. The sweet spots on my drum head are the same for the wedge as it was before.

I would say that it would be great for beginners who can't get a sound, but it would not be, it's the same technique. If you are already getting a good tone, don't waste the money.

The really nice thing about this, is that I discovered that my old cross-stick technique and sound is great. The Russ Miller will be heading to ebay.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Groove Wedge a winner

By Sonorguy

from Central PA

Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

Folks, the negative reviewers just don't get it - the purpose of the wedge is to make cross sticking work on a 12 or 13" drum. Everyone knows rim clicks are feeble at best on these types of drums, and if you want to do reggae, ballads, Latin or anything with clicks, you are lost without this item. It's a bit overpriced, yes, but it does EXACTLY what Yamaha says it will do. I put it on a 13x5 brass snare, and the rim clicks spank! Drummers, do your homework - this was not meant to be a Jam Block-type special effect, and when you talk about rim shots, you are totally lost in the woods. Yamaha should just lower the price by $10 and let us all "feel the love."

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Groove Wedge the Right Tool for the job.

By YTCM4Me2

from Midcoast

Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

I'll have one soon. Why? listen to Shawn Pelton on the "Live from Daryl's House" webcasts. Provides a solid side stick sound with no abuse to rims or bearing edges.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good for onedrops

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

Great for Reggae/Ska music. Well worth it if you are playing a lot of one-drops. Much louder and easier to hit than a cross-stick on the rim of the drum.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

By South of Normal

from Oakland, CA

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Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

This wedge is not just any piece of wood, it is a cross-sticker's dream come true! No more struggling to line up your stick over the lug everytime, no more turning your stick around to get a better sound with the butt end! It's easy to play quick, complex patterns and grooves with this product. It doesn't effect the sound or functionality of your snare at all, either. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Ludwig player (always been a little wary of yamaha products) and a total vintage guy who doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles on his kit, but I can't play without this. Absolutely amazing, although it could be a bit cheaper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Groove Wedge

By TravLDrMr88

from Sidney, OH

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Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

I have used the groove Wedge in a few different musical situations, but have never owned one myself. This accessory is definitely not meant to sound like a jam block or wood block, it is meant to enhance the power and clarity of your rim shot sound. I have a 7x13 Ddrum snare which sounds great, but b/c of its smaller diameter, lacks a certain power from the rimshots. I just ordered a groove wedge yesterday, and I can't wait to hear it on that drum! Great product, by a great inventor/drummer, Russ Miller.

 
5.0

Why did Yamaha stop making these??

By PurpleWC

from Stockton, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church Worship Band
    • Concerts

    Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

    As an Older Drummer my hands couldn't use the traditional way to make it crack just right. With Groove Wedge I never miss.. and a great sound. Sure can't do without mine... I feel sorry for the other Drummers that will miss out

     
    4.0

    Nice Kit Add-on

    By Daddy-O

    from Roanoke, VA

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

    Took about 3 minutes to install and re-tune my steel snare drum. This wedge has great response and offers a natural cross stick sound on a steel snare drum.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointing

    By eNDLESS

    from New York

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    Pros

    • Couldn't Find Any

    Cons

    • Too expensive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

      First of all, I have several custom snare drums to choose from when considering which drum to mount this wedge on. My first choice was a custom 12 lug Ludwig die cast rim which I could not mount the wedge to. This is because the Ludwig rim is slightly curved which would not allow the wedge to mount flat nor flush. Thus, if you have a rim with any curve whatsoever this wedge will not mount properly. I then chose to mount it on one of my piccolo snare drums instead. With a triple flanged hoop, this mounted fine. Overall, I wasn't impressed. I was hoping to be "amazed" by a significant difference only to be disappointed. I did not hear any "major" difference that would justify the price. Unless everything you play requires cross-sticking I cannot justify the wedge. Even if I were doing cross-sticking for everything, I still cannot justify the wedge.

       
      5.0

      Excellent addition!

      By Scott

      from Phoeniz, AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha Russ Miller Groove Wedge:

        Excellent "cutting-thru" power for clicks...

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