When I was playing in bands, there were only two types of drum sticks I’d consider: Pro-Mark and Vic Firth. Each had their own merits, but I often found myself drifting towards Vic’s sticks. Don’t ask me why, but sticks to drummers are like picks to guitarists. You just know what feels good.
Vic–his real name was Everett–established his company in 1963 after a stint performing with the Boston Symphony. It eventually became the biggest seller of drum sticks in the world, reaching as high as 12 million sticks a year. Hundreds of drummers became endorsers.
Vic died this week at the age of 85. Read more at the company’s Facebook page.