BOPWORKS "Mel Lewis 7D" Model
Mel’s 7D ... is an exact recreation of his 60's stick right
down to the taper and tip. As with all our signature sticks,
we take special care to the fine details.
The 7D has a 5A feel for thickness, but the shorter length
allows for more control on hand hammered cymbals.
Bopworks sticks are pitched paired and weighed in grams.
This ensures proper matching in every pair you buy.
Mel on cymbals from a 1985 Modern Drummer Interview:
"The average drummer usually uses two to four cymbals. To have any more than that is totally unnecessary, because where are you going to put them anyway, and how are you going to reach them? They shouldn't be there just for looks. I notice that most people have crash, crash, splash, ride, and hi-hat. Very few young drummers play on their hi hats, except in the rock situation where they generally play them closed and they play their 8th-note beat on them. They should learn that the hi hat is another ride cymbal to be played properly—"ta, da-ka, ta, da-ka, ta," changing rhythms and all that, open/closed, all open, half open, half closed. There are a lot of effects. To me, the hi-hat is another ride cymbal.
Every cymbal I use is a ride cymbal. Every one of my cymbals is also a crash cymbal. I only use three. Three is enough.
But every cymbal should be a ride cymbal and every cymbal should be a crash cymbal. I've been noticing that almost everyone has only one ride cymbal and a million crash cymbals. You don't need the crash cymbals. You need the ride cymbals, because that's where your whole thing is coming from. Crash cymbals are only for accents, so you can hit any cymbal for a crash. "
I have been on the hunt for my perfect jazz stick for ages. I have compared every model imaginable to find a stick that is the right size, weight, has the right tip, that sounds great on cymbals and drums. This Mel Lewis is the stick for me! It nails it all for me, it’s inspiring and what I’ve been searching for forever! Bopworks is doing the drumming world a great service making these.
these are very close to what I used to get from Gretsch
I’d recommend these to any drummer doing jazz!
These are among the best made sticks I’ve played since I started more than 45 years ago. Durable, lightweight and a bit shorter than most modern sticks. Perfect for jazz, big band, and even rock and pop. I only wish the Bigs put as much love and detail into their sticks.
I bought these to emulate a vintage pair of Joe Morello sticks that I have. Mine are actually used by Joe but I wanted something similar and these are perfect for that.
2nd order of these sticks. Absolutely loving these sticks. They're changing the way I play and hear the music! Can't ask for more than that!
Love these sticks! They feel great and the cymbal sound is amazing! Well constructed and consistent from stick to stick.
These sticks are cool for a different sound and of course thinking that these are the type Mel used, super cool. They are shorter and lighter though and would take some getting used to. Sounds especially good with thinner classic cymbals.
Please inform when 40's swing and Birdland model are available again. Thank you.