The Art Blakey Centennial Edition stick.
One of hard Bop's greatest exponents, master of the smokin' press roll of death.
Decades of the leading the great Jazz Messenger bands have earned him
his place in history.
The Art Blakey Centennial Edition has been reproduced exactly
from his 60's model stick - the longer taper and triangle tip make this
stick ideal for almost any application.
Every Bopworks stick is weighed in grams instead of ounces. This ensures proper matching in every pair you buy..
I think these Blakey 8Ds are the stick I've been waiting for! They are full enough in the grip to not feel like twigs, but the long taper keeps them fairly light and nicely balanced. The big triangle tip sounds clear and articulate on cymbals and produces a big, full sound on drums - the perfect balance between a lighter "jazz" stick and something more widely applicable. They are extremely well made, solid and durable. I've had one pair on 4 gigs and a number of practice sessions, and they've not chipped or worn down, and I'm playing more than jazz with them. The only downside is the price.
These sticks felt a little foreign to my hands at first with me being more used to butt heavy sticks... But after you adjust to it, you get amazing tone out of the drums and cymbals. I think partly because of the large head. Also with the more balanced weight, the dynamic range is pretty wide with the louds being extremely loud and softs being extremely soft. Weight is pretty evenly distributed with the top being a little weightier (if thats a word) but it still lets you swing you butt off! :)
I´m amazed for the quality of these sticks and the rest of the stock of Bopworks, great material, great sound and flexibility.
I bought these as a gift for my drummer and he loved them
At 55 yrs. old I've been playing for only a year. Can't tell you why I like them so much except to say they feel great overall. I like the largest triangle tip I've seen, the 16" length and the thin/med thin diameter with a graceful taper.
There's enough weight to play louder stuff and it's easy to choke up a little if you want to ease up a bit.
I have maybe 25 differen't pairs of sticks including 3 other Bopworks models but these are my favorites to date. Great service too!
After a long wait, the promised Blakey sticks have arrived.
They feel absolutely great-good balance and nice taper that lets the cymabl tone stand out.
I personally wouldn't use these on a super quiet gig, but for anything else, they'd work great.
These are balanced with some more weight to the tip, due to its big size. This provides a crispier attack, but doesn't sacrifice any rebound because of its long neck. They feel very nice at hand!