I recently purchased the Redwood beater because I played on a backline kit in Houston and thru my inner ear monitor I was getting a great thump from my kick drum and i saw that the beater was wooden and right now my drum kits kick drum is adding that thump to my music
I really like the shape of Vater's beater, being a little rounder than most. The felt is harder than some I've used before, but by no means unplayable. The rod is nicely finished and there's no chance of it failing, unless Fido gets hold of it while your are passed out from last night's gig. Really nice beater.