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. "
These sticks sound really great on cymbals. Nice attack without to much weight makes the cymbals sing with out getting washed out. I'd definitely recommend these for your jazz gigs, recording sessions where stick definition is desired, and quieter gigs.
Almost exactly the same as my original Gretch Mel Lewis 7D model sticks that I purchased about 50 years ago. The tip needs to be a little more of a teardrop than these are. I'll buy more as I need them.
I love the weight, balance, length, tip, and taper of these sticks.
I love every pair of Bopworks sticks I have ever purchased. Old world craftsmanship with modern consistency. Try 'em. They're great!
I have been using these sticks for a year now for my Big Band and small group Jazz and Acoustic Rock gigs . They are of excellent quality , very well made and quite consistent . The small acorn bead gives a lovely cymbal sound and brings out the stick definition well . They are also very well balanced and feel great to play . I am quite surprised how durable these sticks are , no Tip splits or shafts cracking for me to date . All in all a wonderful product and a must have stock for me . I have always been on the lookout for a go to stock and these will always be in my stick bag
I ha w been using the Mel Lewis 7d model BopWorks sticks for a year now . I love the balance and feel of this model stick. I have always been a big fan of Mel Lewis and this initially piqued my interest in this model stick . I love the balance and feel of these sticks and especially love the sound of these sticks on cymbals . The small acorn. Was really enhanced the stick definition and keeps the overtones in check nicely . The only ask I have these is that I wish BopWorks would offer a lacquered version similar to what Regal Tip does . It would make gripping these sticks easier and the tips to last a bit longer .
No way I thought! These are not very beefy, too light they'll break
on the opening set. Man was I WRONG! I have finally found a stick
that can sing at any volume. Great response no matter how you drive your DrumKit BOPWORKS has got your stick waiting for you.
Authentic design, modern precision and consistency, and a long lost excellent transparency to the cymbal sound. Well done!!
You'd think a lighter Jazz stick would be limited in applications.
Not so- I use these in R&B settings as well as small Jazz trios/quartets.
Definitely my favorite stick from Bopworks, but I love them all...