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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

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.

A foam center surrounded by four flat bamboo slats wrapped in thin PVC.  This provides a variety of unique sounds with great rebound and feel. This product is unique in that they create softer sounds than sticks but are louder than other Tala Wand and Rute models.

A great choice for new sounds on drum set and multi-percussion setups!

FEATURES

Quantity and Sizing (Pairs)
  • Quantity: 1
  • Type: Rods
  • Drum Stick Size: Custom
  • Diameter: .585"
  • Length: 16-1/8 in.
Construction and Features
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Drum Stick Tip: Wood
  • Tip Shape: None
  • Taper: Not Applicable
  • Finish: Natural
Other
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Grip Material: Yes
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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Vic FirthSteve Smith Tala Wand
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bamboo 4-slat Review - Spend your money elsewhere

I got these to play small clubs with my soul band. The drum parts require a good pop on the snare that Hot Rods can't produce, and I needed more rebound to keep the...Read complete review

I got these to play small clubs with my soul band. The drum parts require a good pop on the snare that Hot Rods can't produce, and I needed more rebound to keep the funk.

With their foam core and heavier bamboo slats, these seemed perfect at first. They reduced the volume enough but not too much and they certainly delivered on the rebound. Ultimately though, the issues outweighed the benefits.

The first issue, noticed immediately, was the square shape. They feel weird in your hand and you have to choose a side to face down because they corner sounds very different from the flat side of the tip. The plastic tip deadens cymbals a little too much, removing all the "ping" from the ride, so when a few of them fell off (after my second show with them and maybe 10th time using them), I thought that might be better. It was not better though because the bamboo began to split immediately and now not only did the corners sound different, but each side had a very different sound on the cymbals.

The inconsistent sound problems go even deeper since, as you can see, there is a lot of plastic near the top of these sticks. When crashing, you have to be certain not to hit the plastic part or else you will get no crash. The inconsistent results caused me to constantly focus on stick placement and which side was facing the drums, taking away from my playing.

After only a few weeks of use, these are coming apart completely. The bamboo is completely split and the foam core pops out constantly now. For this amount of money, I hoped they'd be great, but they're just not. I've gone back to the Hot Rods that I've had for 10 years as they're in better condition than these are after just a few weeks.

It was a nice idea, but the costs far outweigh the benefits, so I recommend passing on these.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Scott

from Austin

Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

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 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best thing since....

By Buck Bell

from Roswell, NM

Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

greatest rod type stick on earth!!!!!

By drumjy

from san francisco ca!!!!!!!

Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

I have the yellow ones and the rebound on them is just like a normal stick...ive played other types of similar sticks and dont even come close to feeling like a drumstick as this one does.....only problem they may be a little too quiet sometimes...but a must have for every drummer period regardless of what you play

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bamboo 4-slat Review - Spend your money elsewhere

By Andrew

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      I got these to play small clubs with my soul band. The drum parts require a good pop on the snare that Hot Rods can't produce, and I needed more rebound to keep the funk.

      With their foam core and heavier bamboo slats, these seemed perfect at first. They reduced the volume enough but not too much and they certainly delivered on the rebound. Ultimately though, the issues outweighed the benefits.

      The first issue, noticed immediately, was the square shape. They feel weird in your hand and you have to choose a side to face down because they corner sounds very different from the flat side of the tip. The plastic tip deadens cymbals a little too much, removing all the "ping" from the ride, so when a few of them fell off (after my second show with them and maybe 10th time using them), I thought that might be better. It was not better though because the bamboo began to split immediately and now not only did the corners sound different, but each side had a very different sound on the cymbals.

      The inconsistent sound problems go even deeper since, as you can see, there is a lot of plastic near the top of these sticks. When crashing, you have to be certain not to hit the plastic part or else you will get no crash. The inconsistent results caused me to constantly focus on stick placement and which side was facing the drums, taking away from my playing.

      After only a few weeks of use, these are coming apart completely. The bamboo is completely split and the foam core pops out constantly now. For this amount of money, I hoped they'd be great, but they're just not. I've gone back to the Hot Rods that I've had for 10 years as they're in better condition than these are after just a few weeks.

      It was a nice idea, but the costs far outweigh the benefits, so I recommend passing on these.

      (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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

       
      5.0

      These are my send one pair, so....yes!

      By Michael

      from undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Smith Tala Wand:

      The Tala Wand are great for getting that brush like sound but having more attack! Love them!❤

       
      4.0

      Just what I was looking for in a quieter stick.

      By Timber

      from Flint, MI

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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.

           
          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

           
          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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