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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 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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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Getting Sketchy

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...Read complete review

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

Excellent Lumber

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from East Coast, USA

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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

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    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

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    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!

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        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

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        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

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          from Boston, MA

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            Cons

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                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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                5.0

                Drum Sticks

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                from Gainesville, FL

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                Pros

                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                  holds very good and gives heavy tone

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                  5.0

                  Great Value

                  By 

                  from Oklahoma

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                      Always good sticks. Great price!!!

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                      5.0

                      Excellent stick for Practice or Performance

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                      Comments about Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks:

                      My HS Drumline has marched these sticks for many years now, and they have always served their purpose well and then some. An excellent stick for a great value! Perfect for first-time drummers and old pros alike!
                      The stick has a great balance between length and diameter, and has an excellent, even sound with beautiful tones. The stick is great for learning technique as well: My first pair of Marching Snare sticks was a pair of Ralph Hardies, and I have loved them ever since.
                      The sticks always arrive tonally even and without a scratch to be seen. The hickory wood is always even, without even any aesthetic blemishes. The sticks will get beat up easy, especially without proper care, but that's to be expected of any Marching Stick, regardless of quality. I use white electrical tape to cover mine, and that significantly prolongs their life and quality.
                      Way to go Musician's Friend! Excellent Price! Anywhere else, especially from a local music store, these sticks could be $10-20+ more! And the quality is never affected!

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