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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... Read More

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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!

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  • TW11 (purple)
  • Wood: 11 bamboo dowels
  • Dimensions: 15-15/16" long, .585" diameter
  • TW12 (yellow)
  • Wood: 12 birch dowels
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Vic FirthSteve Smith Tala Wand
 
4.4

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The best thing since....

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,...Read complete review

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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to expensive

nice bounce but twice the price of sticks........you will get bamboo or birch all over your floor as they break up over time.....no longevity

nice bounce but twice the price of sticks........you will get bamboo or birch all over your floor as they break up over time.....no longevity

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4.0

Just what I was looking for in a quieter stick.

By Timber

from Flint, MI

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

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      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      Got these when a generic brand failed. I am not a hard hitter anyway, but these give just the right amount of volume and dynamics for the acoustic based two-piece that I'm in. Plus I can get a great swell from my ride when I start playing the edge of the ride cymbal with the tip and work down tovthe spot just passed the wrap.

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      2.0

      to expensive

      By vegas

      from vegas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      nice bounce but twice the price of sticks........you will get bamboo or birch all over your floor as they break up over time.....no longevity

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      5.0

      Great Jazz Sticks

      By Kiki Hatfield

      from Denver, Colorado

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I've been a jazz drummer for over 45 years and when I'm not using brush's for shuffle work these bamboo multi-rods as well as band rutes are the perfect compliment to the sultry blues and jazz my band needs. Original music compositions sometimes require innovative percussion and the bamboo wands allow you to not only pop but do a lot of rim shots as well. Worth every penny!

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      5.0

      Love these Multi-rods!!

      By Ken Walsh

      from Reinholds Pa

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I?ve used a verity of Multi-rod sticks over the years and some have performed well while others started falling apart from their first use. So far so good with these rods. One of the typical problems I?ve had with the multi-rods is the center rods start to slide out or move while in the middle of a performance. That obviously influences the quality of your playing and can be extremely distracting. The ?Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand? rods have a foam center does not seem to move. This foam center also give a softer feel resulting in a lighter volume. This is exactly what I was looking for. Overall, these multi-rods appear to be very good quality for the money produce the lighter sound I wanted. I will certainly buy them again when these rods eventually chip away.

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      5.0

      Great for volume control...

      By Bryan Shadden

      from Portland, OR

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I now have the bamboo and the birch and I really like them both. So far they're the perfect fit for lowering volume, but still having a true "stick-like" rebound and articulation. I probably like the sound and feel of the birch best, but the bamboo do seem stronger. I mostly play jazz, so I haven't noticed much yet with their durability, although I could see the birch wearing out faster in the future. Great product so far, buy both, they're a lot of fun.

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      5.0

      It's in the touch of the player

      By Randy Brush

      from Batesville, Arkansas

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I don't normally write reviews, but as a long time proponent of "alternative" sticks, I have to speak up here. To the guy who "broke" his. It's in the touch bud. I have used cool rods for a long time PLAYING at all volumes. I'm mostly a jazz player who plays smaller rooms. But, being a little bit older, and around since there were only a couple type of sticks available, I learned a VERY valuable lesson from two great teachers Myron D. Collins, and Joe LaBarbera. You don't "strike" the drum, you allow the natural energy produced on your first stroke to power the rest. You can literally pull my sticks out of my hand I hold them so loosely. These are the best.

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      5.0

      I love them!

      By Carson

      from Ogden Riverdale

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I got these today, they are amazing. They are just what you're looking for inbetween sticks and brushes. Just be careful coming on to cymbals that you don't snag the dowels on the edge of the and break them off like I did to one, lesson learned. If you use them the correct way they should last pretty long, they seem very durable and have a nice rebound and sound amazing on my snare! and also I love the chick chick sound it makes on my hi hats! buy them for sure, every drummer should own a pair!

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      not pleased.

      By Charlie Beech

      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I bought these sticks about last week to play in my church during service, and i needed a qiet stick. i bought these then played with them at home. they are a great volume, but i dont like the sound on the toms and on the first day, 2 dowels broke.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sticks

      By JAM

      from Staten island, NY

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      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.

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      4.0

      Awesome sticks!!!

      By Danny

      from Burleson, Texas.

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I love using these sticks! I got the birch. They're nice and they make my drums quieter and I won't disturb the neighbors! Now I can play later at night! But they can break easily, like the tiny sticks on the top. But overall they're AWESOME!!!

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