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Overview

  • Wood: 11 bamboo dowels
  • Dimensions: 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter
  • Wood: 12 birch dowels
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    $38.85
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  • Your Price:
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    $16.59 Top Rated

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      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. 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!

      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 19 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (12)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (7)
      • Easy to use (5)
      • Functional (5)
      • Improves sound (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        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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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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 2 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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best low volume sticks available!

        By jcb810

        from Atlanta, Ga

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Volume Gigs
          • Practice With The Band

          Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

          I purchased the bamboo sticks and they are great. The feel is great. They are smaller around than "hot rods" and "lightning rods". They have low sound on the cymbals and yet you can still get a little more sound on the snare if needed. Best sticks I have found for low volume play when you want to feel like you're still playing a kit.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Brush or Stick?

          By Rev. Ronn

          from Hannibal, Mo.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

            Don't complain they don't last, they do when you use them properly. They are designed for softer dynamics, use your wooden or nylon tipped sticks when you need more. Great product I use them all the time. Bamboo or Birch are both fine !!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good purchase!!!

            By Drums&guitars

            from Gloucester,Va.

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            Pros

            • All Styles Of Music
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Action
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Softer Sound Than Sticks

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • All Styles Of Music

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

            After watching Steve in the video I knew I would like these & placed the order. I like the sound & how easy they are to use.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great stix

            By Wild drummer 13

            from Springfield, LA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Well constructed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

              Great sticks for warm up at gigs when you don't want to be loud yet can check your kit. Also during rehersals your not blasting everyone out. Have owned several other brands however these have been the best by far. Very durable

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Nice snap, but brittle

              By Bryan Bates

              from Ithaca, NY

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                    Love the snappy sound it brings to the snare. Light and responsive with a nice bounce off both cymbals and drumheads. Birch dowels seem brittle on mine, though.

                    Second time I used it, a dowel snapped right off while playing a high hat pattern. Decidedly less responsive afterwards.

                    Probably won't chance another set of these in the future.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Your solution for lower volume drumming

                    By JMarsh

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Quality
                    • Good Sound Low Volume

                    Cons

                    • Not Free But Worth Cost

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • When Drumsticks Are Loud

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                    Quieter than drum sticks, and sound better than rods. I didn't like the wooden click and the lack of bounce from the rod stick I bought previously. This was the perfect solution. They are probably the closest sound and feel you can get to a drum stick at lower volume. Great product, I got the bamboo and I am pretty confident they won't break anytime soon (I don't hit super hard)

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great but short

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                    They play like the real thing. but they last about 10 songs.go for it.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome! Just don't expect long life

                    By Daryl Rue

                    from Campobello, SC

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

                    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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