The fine folks at Promark sent me some new goodies to play with. I actually got a phone call letting me know they were on the way last week...
You know it’s the little things in life that make a fellow feel special.
Anywho, I’m gonna start by saying that I usually don’t pay attention to "breakthrough improvements" to drum sticks. Outside of making them more consistent, most strike me as more of a gimmick than anything.
Enter Promark FireGrain.
My first thought when opening the box was how…sexy…they looked. I know, odd word choice, but if you’ve seen a pair in person there’s no denying it.
I immediately had to run upstairs to the kit and have a go.
Knowing I usually use massive sticks, they sent me 5Bs and 2Bs.
After hacking a bit my first impression was as follows:
Grip: The FG process seems to provide a more ‘tacky’ grip. I usually take coarse grain sandpaper to the butt end of my sticks for added grip. I feel this might be unnecessary with the FG.
Feel: All of the FG sticks seem to be a little heavier than their hickory counterparts. I love this. I’ve used 2B size sticks the past few years but find that if a 5B has enough weight, I actually prefer the slightly smaller diameter.
I can’t say anything about the FG’s heightened durability just yet, which seems to be its main benefit according to Promark’s marketing.
This weekend I’ll put the FG sticks through two 90-minute sets down on the Texas coast. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how they hold up!