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      Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand (447066)
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Keep the intensity while lowering the volume!

The Steve Smith Tala Wands were conceived when Steve began playing with drummers from India and needed a way to blend with their sounds and be sensitive to lower volume levels. Other bundles worked as far as volume was concerned but they lacked the rebound he preferred. As a result, Steve helped develop two unique and tremendous tools now among the Vic Firth line of Rute and brushes:

The bamboo Tala Wand (TW11), with the purple handle, has a foam center surrounded with 11 bamboo dowels that are wrapped in thin PVC. The wands have great balance while naturally producing a lower volume with great rebound. The purple TW11 feels slightly smaller than the yellow TW12, yet the TW11 tends to have a little more weight because bamboo is heavier than birch. The bamboo is extremely durable. Steve uses this Tala Wand more for lower volume groove playing. 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter.

The birch Tala Wand (TW12), with the yellow handle, has a foam center surrounded with 12 birch dowels that are wrapped in thin PVC. This stick has outstanding rebound and sound. While the shaft of the yellow TW12 is thicker than the purple TW11, the weight of the 12 birch dowels on the TW12 actually has a lighter feel and helps create a lower volume than the bamboo Tala Wand. The 12 dowels have a very nice feel in your hands and the sound on the drums and cymbals has a lot of clarity and definition. Steve uses the TW12 for light and very detailed, fast playing. 16" long, .625" diameter.

Steve chose the name "Tala Wand" because "Tala" is a Sanskrit word meaning "to clap" or "to mark time"--one of the two main components of Indian classical music: raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). But Tala Wands feel great and naturally help to play softer--in all settings!

Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand Features:

  • TW11 (purple)
    Wood: 11 bamboo dowels
    Dimensions: 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter

    TW12 (yellow)
    Wood: 12 birch dowels
    Dimensions: 16" long, .625" diameter




Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand

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  • The best thing since....

    As reviewed by Buck Bell on 10/17/2008

    I love the bamboo model. Playing in a contemporary worship setting, the tala wand allows for a lot of dynamic range. As with most churches, drum volume is a pretty hot potato, so these allow me to play with a fair amount of input and still maintain a reasonable stage voulme. They last longer than most birch bundles, which is a pretty big deal as far as replacement goes. I've played the bamboo tala wand pretty much full time, even gigging, because they just feel so good in the hand. You can always mic it up if you need to get more volume. It would be a real shame if they are discontinued.

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  • Awesome

    As reviewed by Scott on 5/16/2008

    I just recently discovered these, and I wish I had done so much earlier. I have the birch, and not only do they quiet down your playing when you need it, but they sound great. I have heard these being played on some CDs that I have, and I had always wondered how they were producing that soft, warm sound, because I knew they weren't brushes or sticks, and now I know. I plan to check out the bamboo wands soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great sticks

    As reviewed by JAM on 6/24/2009

    When I got these sticks my intentions were to play more mellow acoustic music with them and that is exactly what they do. For all you hard hitters who get yelled at for being too loud during acoustic sessions, this is perfect, it really mellows out the sound without taking away any quality of tone from your drums.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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