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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

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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    - $18.16
  • New Price:
    $2199

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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 21 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (7)
      • Good quality (7)
      • Functional (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

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        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

        Brushes that really rock!!!

        By Snare Man

        from Columbia, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

            I play in an Alt-Bluegrass band and am on the road a lot.....I decided a few years ago I started using a snare drum with brushes to keep things simple and have and "Old School" feel.....I have tried different brushes and these have been the best so far!....The last pair I owned lasted 2 years (actually they are still my back ups but have lost a lot of the wires).....I tried a couple other brands but they didn't hold up over the long haul (one pair lasted ONE GIG before the wood handles cracked).....I bought this new pair and have been glad about the response, clarity and durability of the product....I HIGHLY recommend these!

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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

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                  Pros

                    Cons

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                        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 :)))

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                        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.

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                          (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

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                                (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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