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      OVERVIEW

      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. As a result, Steve helped develop two unique and tremendous tools now among the Vic Firth line of Rute and brushes:

      The bamboo Tala Wand (TW11), with the purple handle, has a foam center surrounded with 11 bamboo dowels that are wrapped in thin PVC. The wands have great balance while naturally producing a lower volume with great rebound. The purple TW11 feels slightly smaller than the yellow TW12, yet the TW11 tends to have a little more weight because bamboo is heavier than birch. The bamboo is extremely durable. Steve uses this Tala Wand more for lower volume groove playing. 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter.

      The birch Tala Wand (TW12), with the yellow handle, has a foam center surrounded with 12 birch dowels that are wrapped in thin PVC. This stick has outstanding rebound and sound. While the shaft of the yellow TW12 is thicker than the purple TW11, the weight of the 12 birch dowels on the TW12 actually has a lighter feel and helps create a lower volume than the bamboo Tala Wand. The 12 dowels have a very nice feel in your hands and the sound on the drums and cymbals has a lot of clarity and definition. Steve uses the TW12 for light and very detailed, fast playing. 16" long, .625" diameter.

      Steve chose the name "Tala Wand" because "Tala" is a Sanskrit word meaning "to clap" or "to mark time"--one of the two main components of Indian classical music: raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). But Tala Wands feel great and naturally help to play softer--in all settings!

      Keep the intensity while lowering the volume!

      FEATURES
      • TW11 (purple)
      • Wood: 11 bamboo dowels
      • Dimensions: 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter
      • TW12 (yellow)
      • Wood: 12 birch dowels
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      Vic FirthSteve Smith Tala Wand
       
      4.3

      (based on 27 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (17)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (13)
      • Easy to use (11)
      • Functional (11)
      • Improves sound (6)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (7)
      • Concerts (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

      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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      5.0

      Dynamic Aids "indeed"

      By REV RONN

      from HANNIBAL MISSOURI

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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.

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      5.0

      Fun, fun and all that Jazz !!

      By REV RONN

      from HANNIBAL MISSOURI

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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

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          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.

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              5.0

              Pure fun...

              By Gato Stew - The Invisible Drummer

              from Kansas City, KS area

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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...

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              2.0

              Almost There

              By Worldbeat Man

              from Santa Rosa, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              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.

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              4.0

              TALA

              By Heypockyway

              from W Philly, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              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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              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.

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                5.0

                Tala Wands - Magic Wands...Same Thing!

                By BobbyV

                from Washington Crossing, PA

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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.

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                4.0

                Love the Wands

                By tomb

                from so portland, ME

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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.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good Wood

                By tomb

                from so portland, ME

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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.

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