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Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes  

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Overview

  • Solves problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumhead
  • Slightly angled wires in the top 3/4" of playing end
  • Smoother sweep
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    $40.15
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      A hip trick now revealed by the master.

      Steve Gadd and Vic Firth have solved the age-old problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumheads. By slightly angling the wires in the top 3/4" of the playing end, Steve Gadd wire brushes glide across the drum head with a smooth sweep and a velvet swish sound. The angled wires also increase surface contact to generate increased volume.

      Features

      • Solves problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumhead
      • Slightly angled wires in the top 3/4" of playing end
      • Smoother sweep
      • Velvet swish sound

      Innovative brushes from the groove genius! Order today.

       
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      Vic FirthSteve Gadd Wire Brushes
       
      4.8

      (based on 20 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (18)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      86%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (6)
      • Good quality (6)
      • Functional (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Review

        The Steve Gadd Brushes are great! The design is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?" They give a nice, solid...Read complete review

        The Steve Gadd Brushes are great! The design is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?" They give a nice, solid "swish", especially on a newer coated drumhead. The tips of the wires, being angled away from the drumhead, simply don't snag on the coating of the head. And, these brushes just invite you to try new techniques, like applying more pressure to your swish without worrying about the dreaded "snag." Certain special techniques, like laying the open brush on the snare head and rolling it back and forth have a different feel with these brushes. And, a single-stroke roll requires a slightly different approach, due to the fact that there is more actual metal brush area in contact with the head. But these minor adjustmens aren't problems, just new ways of playing!For some inspirational brush playing, you might check out Jeff Hamilton and Steve Smith playing "Salt Peanuts" on YouTube. Just two drummers with brushes and two snare drums. Steve Smith is using Vic Firth's traditional brush (the ones with the purple handle) and Jeff Hamilton is using his Regal Tip signature model. Neither of these have the Gadd bent wires feature, but you'll be amazed at the tasteful brushwork.Anyway, nice comfortable rubber handle, smooth retraction, reliable locking mechanism (full spread or a bit thinner) and that always-reliable Vic Firth quality.Twenty-some dollars isn't cheap, especially these days, but you won't be disappointed. And, unless you play very hard, these brushes are very durable and sturdy.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Way too quiet and flimsy!

        These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy,...Read complete review

        These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy, not bad quality, just the preference of whoever buys them I guess. I wanted that great tone that I've been hearing on my favorite artists' records, but found out that, by experience, this wasn't that kind of brush. If you're looking to record an accoustic session, I would not reccomend. Try to look into brushes that are stiffer. I don't know why people have liked these brushes, but as my personal preference and advice to everybody else, go with something else. These are not my cup of tea, and are having to buy other brushes to replace them, even though I don't even think I hve the money now. Good luck with your choice! Hope I've helped :)))

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        5.0

        Sound and feel great

        By Mc mojo

        from Exeter ri

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Grip
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

          good quality

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          5.0

          Just what I wanted

          By G-Pas

          from Arizona

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

            Durable and comfortable to use. Pleasantly adjustable.

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            5.0

            Best Brushes I've ever used!!

            By blake100blake

            from Westfield, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Feel Great
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Great Swish
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acoustic
              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Jazz
              • Practicing

              Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

              I've used many different brushes, many different brands, many different styles. But they all have the same problem when using coated heads: the tips of the wires catch on the coating of the heads. Using these, that problem is completely eliminated, and sound is im[roved. These are the brushes I've been looking for, they're incredible! I would definitely use these in any situation, no matter what.

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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Way too quiet and flimsy!

              By Parkerthemusicman

              from The Woodlands, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                    These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy, not bad quality, just the preference of whoever buys them I guess. I wanted that great tone that I've been hearing on my favorite artists' records, but found out that, by experience, this wasn't that kind of brush. If you're looking to record an accoustic session, I would not reccomend. Try to look into brushes that are stiffer. I don't know why people have liked these brushes, but as my personal preference and advice to everybody else, go with something else. These are not my cup of tea, and are having to buy other brushes to replace them, even though I don't even think I hve the money now. Good luck with your choice! Hope I've helped :)))

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful!

                    By Kaulana Molsen

                    from Hawai`i

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Light

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jazz

                      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                      I tried these last week to roll on a crash cymbal. It was so beautiful! I can't believe the quality of these brushes. They feel very comfortable in my hands, lightweight, great for jazz performances. Definitely invest in some of these. They're wonderful.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I would but this product again

                      By Ange

                      from St. Cloud Fla.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts

                        Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                        Great quality brushes, I know Steve personally from our old drum corps days. We played together for many years. And I know anything with Steves name on it is top quality. I play mostly country - western so I do a lot of brush work. These are with-out a doubt the best brushes I have ever used.

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                        5.0

                        great set of brushes

                        By pridecoach27

                        from turlock, calif

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                            the drummer loves them

                            Comment on this review

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Perfect!!!

                            By steve wright

                            from Oklahoma city

                            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                            These brushes do what they're supposed to do. Very playable which makes them musical. Well constructed and gig-tough. The 45 degree angle does keep them from snagging on heads. Adjustable width via the push-pull rod works well and stays in place while playing allowing for degree of attack or swirl effect. Just be careful to notice if the angle is up or down before before playing. One of the happier purchases in a long time!!

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome.

                            By Z

                            from FL

                            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                            An extremely expressive, great sounding brush. Mine is going on 2 years and I have yet to bend or lose a wire. It's sturdy enough to pull rim knocks and rimshots off with and sounds great doing it. You won't get a lot of 'sweep' with it no matter how much you extend the wires, but you will get a unique snappy quality that enables you to swish the wires back and forth more rapidly than any roll - a great fill-in or crescendo building effect. I docked a couple points because of price - perhaps these are why Steve gets to be the highest paid session drummer. Still, they're well worth it. They were my first brushes, and are still my mainstays.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Review

                            By Ross-zYO.h

                            from Ann Arbor, Michigan

                            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                            The Steve Gadd Brushes are great! The design is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?" They give a nice, solid "swish", especially on a newer coated drumhead. The tips of the wires, being angled away from the drumhead, simply don't snag on the coating of the head. And, these brushes just invite you to try new techniques, like applying more pressure to your swish without worrying about the dreaded "snag." Certain special techniques, like laying the open brush on the snare head and rolling it back and forth have a different feel with these brushes. And, a single-stroke roll requires a slightly different approach, due to the fact that there is more actual metal brush area in contact with the head. But these minor adjustmens aren't problems, just new ways of playing!For some inspirational brush playing, you might check out Jeff Hamilton and Steve Smith playing "Salt Peanuts" on YouTube. Just two drummers with brushes and two snare drums. Steve Smith is using Vic Firth's traditional brush (the ones with the purple handle) and Jeff Hamilton is using his Regal Tip signature model. Neither of these have the Gadd bent wires feature, but you'll be amazed at the tasteful brushwork.Anyway, nice comfortable rubber handle, smooth retraction, reliable locking mechanism (full spread or a bit thinner) and that always-reliable Vic Firth quality.Twenty-some dollars isn't cheap, especially these days, but you won't be disappointed. And, unless you play very hard, these brushes are very durable and sturdy.

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