The 719 was designed by rock drummer Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction. The extremely long taper offers the ultimate rebound while the round tip provides detailed articulation. Shira Kashi Oak is a ... Click To Read More About This Product
The 719 was designed by rock drummer Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction. The extremely long taper offers the ultimate rebound while the round tip provides detailed articulation. Shira Kashi Oak is a dense and heavy wood providing a sturdy feel in your hand and excellent ride cymbal articulation. Sticks made of this Japanese Oak are exceptionally durable and usually last longer than other types of wood.
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Comments about PROMARK 719 Stephen Perkins Signature Sticks:
I really love the Pro-Mark Shira-Kashi Oak stick in general: they are about as stiff as Hickory, but the heavier weight feel better in my hands. I usually rub the sticks with 320- grit sandpaper to just break the gloss on the finish, but have no real complaint.
Being a jazzbo, my own weapon of choice is the Jazz edition, a smaller, lighter stick. I use both wood and nylon depending on how I plan to play my cymbals in a particular piece. Also, the venue makes a difference: a small coffee shop almost always gets wood tips, a dinner club may see more nylon.
All that said, I occasionally need to open up some more and that's where the Perkins comes in. The ball end gives a nice cymbal strike and the stick, while a bit bigger, rebounds like a smaller stick, due to the long taper. Unfortunately, Pro-Mark doesn't make a nylon 719 model, you have to go to the 707, which is .551 diameter and a much shorter taper. Waah. (To be fair, I have one pair in my bag if I need more volume, rather than beat the ap-cray out of my heads.)
This is just one opinion from one drummer, but you really should try an oak pair--of whatever size--and see what you think. Pro-Mark makes really fine sticks!