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Corpsmaster sticks carry the signature of a legendary corps performer and teacher. The Ralph Hardimon is made of hickory and has a barrel tip and lon...Read More

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Corpsmaster sticks carry the signature of a legendary corps performer and teacher. The Ralph Hardimon is made of hickory and has a barrel tip and long taper for great rebound and super control. 17"L, .710" diameter.


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Vic FirthCorpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks
 
4.7

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Lumber

I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first...Read complete review

I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first pair of Bolero #2s from the early 1970s which had his name wood burned on the butt end, before his sticks were mass produced.

I play very loud music on a very large 80s vintage kit, with oversized, very deep drums (12x12, 13x13, 14x14, 15x15, 16x16, 18x16 and a mounted 28" gong bass). No stick draws the sound from my cannons like the Ralph Hardimon's and the MS1s. They project the sound without my having to flail at the drums and the Hardimon nylon tips provide ultimate cymbal response. They come in tone matched and weight matched pairs and are remarkably consistent.

They are certainly not for every kit drummer. At 7/10's of an inch diameter and 17" long they are heavy baseball bats, but with practice they offer superb control and dexterity.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality, chips/dents easily, extremely "fat" stick.

As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's...Read complete review

As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's Marching Percussion line. The Vic Firth logo and markings come off with a couple hours of use - though that doesn't affect play-ability, it just looks bad. Also, these sticks are extremely "fat" - or have a large diameter barrel - which tends to be very uncomfortable and leads to blisters along the base of the index finger. If you have an average to small hand, these sticks will feel like clubs. Seriously consider Regal Tip or Promark before buying a pair of these.

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5.0

Excellent customer service

By 

from Muscatine, Iowa

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

      I ordered drum sticks for my granddaughter/marching band

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      1.0

      Poor quality, chips/dents easily, extremely "fat" stick.

      By 

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Kindling

      Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

      As others have stated, the quality of these sticks has fallen significantly. After a few performances, the Nylon tip came off. The sticks also chip and dent very easily compared to the Promark's Marching Percussion line. The Vic Firth logo and markings come off with a couple hours of use - though that doesn't affect play-ability, it just looks bad. Also, these sticks are extremely "fat" - or have a large diameter barrel - which tends to be very uncomfortable and leads to blisters along the base of the index finger. If you have an average to small hand, these sticks will feel like clubs. Seriously consider Regal Tip or Promark before buying a pair of these.

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      4.0

      I bought these for my son, and he is loving them.

      By 

      from Centralial. IL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

        my son uses them for marching band, jazz band and concerts they play in high school.

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        5.0

        Excellent Lumber

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        By 

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Balanced
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Tone Matched

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Big Sticks For Big Drums
          • Concerts
          • Ideal For Volume Tone
          • Practicing

          Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

          I'm a professional musician with 40+ years experience. I suppose I've tried most every stick and size on the market but, I've always come home to Vic Firth. I still have my first pair of Bolero #2s from the early 1970s which had his name wood burned on the butt end, before his sticks were mass produced.

          I play very loud music on a very large 80s vintage kit, with oversized, very deep drums (12x12, 13x13, 14x14, 15x15, 16x16, 18x16 and a mounted 28" gong bass). No stick draws the sound from my cannons like the Ralph Hardimon's and the MS1s. They project the sound without my having to flail at the drums and the Hardimon nylon tips provide ultimate cymbal response. They come in tone matched and weight matched pairs and are remarkably consistent.

          They are certainly not for every kit drummer. At 7/10's of an inch diameter and 17" long they are heavy baseball bats, but with practice they offer superb control and dexterity.

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          4.0

          Ralph Hardimon Corpsmaster

          By 

          from Tulsa,OK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Sound
          • Weight Distribution

          Cons

          • To Thick

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

          This stick is one of the best I've used. The downside is that it's to thick. It's also hard on rim shots.

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          5.0

          Great price, great feel

          By 

          from Roanoke, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

            This was the fourth set of these sticks I've ordered for my son who is a sophomore in high school. He plays snare in marching band and loves these sticks. They take a beating with rim shots, but overall have held up really well. It's halfway through the season and he's still on his first pair. He has one set he practices with, one set he marches games with, one pair he saves for competitions, and now, one backup pair. I'd order them again in a heartbeat. Musician's Friend were out of stock on them when I first ordered them. I'm glad they have them now as they have the best price and fast delivery.

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            2.0

            Getting Sketchy

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            from Carbondale, IL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

              The quality of this stick seems to be dropping at an alarming rate. Last year the sticks we purchased seemed to begin to crack very early. This year we had two of 6 sticks crack on their very first use, which was a 7 minute field show! This results in an uneven sound and basically forces the user to begin taping the stick immediately.

              I can no longer recommend this stick and will be looking for a different brand for my snare drummers next year.

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              5.0

              Awesome/Versatile Sticks!

              By 

              from Kentucky

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              Pros

              • Build Chops Fast
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Great Feel
              • Improves Sound
              • Nice Look
              • Pitch Paired
              • They Hold Up Great
              • Versatile
              • Weight Matched

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Anything And Everything

              Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

              These sticks are great for marching snares and, wait for it, DRUM SETS! I use these sticks for Heavy Metal Drumming, and they allow me to get a loud and powerful stroke without working as hard as I would with a 7A or 5A stick (my favorite sizes). Once you get used to the weight of these sticks, they are even easier to use then when you first get them! They have a great feel and they last FOREVER! Buy some, you wont regret it!

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              5.0

              Great Price, Fast Delivery

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              from Wimberley, TX

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                A high school student recommended Musician's Friend. The prices are very good, the deliver was fast and the web site simple to use.

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                5.0

                Overall great product

                By 

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                This is the only stick I'll use for marching, they are great. Very nice weight and feel.

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