Sticks

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm. Quick taper to a medium-sized round tip produces a clean sound on ride cymbals. Very versatile and playable stick with great balance. Also available in Sugar Maple.

"Vater gives me what I need to perform at my best. That's why I use them...it's as simple as that. That's how simple it should be for you. The Phat Rides are perfectly balanced sticks.You can sling them around with complete control." - Nikki Glaspie [The Nth Power]

Length16 1/4" | 41.27cm Grip 0.555" | 1.41cm. Jazz-style grip with a little extra length. "Quick" feeling stick. Also available in Sugar Maple.

"I've been using Vater sticks for nearly 5 years now and love the feel of the Session stick when playing some funk or rock, but it's the Superjazz stick that really hooks me up for most of the gigs I do. The weight of the stick and bounce of the tip are unmatched by other brands. Vater is a superb company with many great stick options for all drummers." - Sunny Jain

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm. Comfortable to the traditional 5A player. Small acorn tip for great cymbal and drum sounds. Also available in Sugar Maple.

"I've used Vater Sessions for many years due to the consistency and quality. I am always very confident in using these live or in the studio as they've never let me down! There's nothing better than using a fresh pair live on stage as they feel and respond the way I want every night, every show!" - Matt McGuire [The Chainsmokers]

Length16 5/8" | 42.23cm Grip 0.630" | 1.60cm. Full sized barrel tip and long shaft for weight and extra reach.

"Vater's quality is unmatched in the industry! I use the Rock model and this stick has never failed me in any way! I've never broken a stick or lost a nylon tip, and that's after many jams using the same pair. Weeks and weeks worth of abuse and these stix will not quit! Amazing!" - Steve Asheim [Deicide]

 

Length16 1/4" | 41.27cm Grip 0.555" | 1.41cm. Slightly under a 5A in the grip with an oval tip.

“The Pro Rock’s really stand up to some punishment. They’re really well balanced and strong for hard hitting music but are not too heavy, so you can do some more sensitive stuff with them too.” – Zachary Alford [David Bowie/Independent]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.595" | 1.51cm. Sturdy neck and rounded oval style tip. Great for extra volume and attack without excess weight. Also available in Nude Series.

"The Universal is the perfect model for me to use because they are a bit thinner than the 5B and it is a durable stick so I don't have to worry about breaking them every time I play!" - Jessica Bowen [The Summer Set]

"I just started playing the Vater Universal model and it's become my go to stick for everything from feather touch jazz drumming to ridiculously fast punk beats. Great weight and that sturdy neck takes a beating." - Jamie Miller [Bad Religion]

Length16 1/4" | 41.27cm Grip 0.620" | 1.57cm. Designed in collaboration with Virgil Donati. Large acorn tip and heavy shoulder provides big sound volume.

"Over the last few years, I have started to integrate the Powerhouse on some larger festival and arena dates. The added length and leverage lets me open up the kit a little more without having to adjust the way I play naturally." - Peter Wilson [Patrick Droney / Danielle Bradbery / Levi Hummon / SmithField / Hunter Phelps]

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.610" | 1.55cm. Similar grip as 5B but with 1/2" extra length. The "big brother" to Power 5A.

"Vater drumsticks...why!? Well, since the family has been at it for over 50 years, they have a damn good idea about what works, and what doesn't! No B.S., just great sticks! The Power 5B model has the perfect balance of weight, length, and strength for how I play...I can't recommend it enough!" - Atom Willard [Against Me!]

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.610" | 1.55cm. Same specs as the popular Power 5B model but with a classic acorn style tip for a full and broader cymbal and drum tone.

"I've been using the Vater 5B For the past 14 years, and couldn't imagine my self playing anything else until now. The Power 5B Acorn have a bit extra length and the weight is distributed perfectly. I've found my new favorite stick" - Gunnar Olsen about the NEW Vater Power 5B Acorn drumstick model.

 

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm. Comfortable to the 5A player but with 1/2" extra length for extra reach and weight. Also available in Sugar Maple.

"I'm a hard-hitter, so I need a stick that offers not only durability but consistency. That's why I play Vater Power 5A's, I love it!!!" - Lawrence Breaux [Robin Thicke]

Length16 5/16" | 41.43cm Grip 0.590" | 1.50cm. The West Side is a real unique sounding stick. The grip size measures comfortably in-between a 5A and 5B. The small rounded oval style tip blends right into the neck and taper of the stick for a unique feel and sound dynamic.

"I've been using the West Sides ever since I've checked them out and they're my new stick of choice! They're really versatile and I dig the unique tip design." - Gil Sharone [Marilyn Manson]

"Vater's West Side model is the most balanced and playable stick I've ever used! Yeah, I keep it real on the... "West Side"!" -Mika Fineo [Filter]

Length 16" |  40.64 cm

Grip 0.500  |  1.27 cm

The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. The 500 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone.

Length 16" |  40.64 cm

Grip 0.525  |  1.33 cm

The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. The 525 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone.

Length 16 3/4"  |   42.55 cm

Grip 0570"  |   1.45 cm

Same grip as a standard 5A, but longer for some extra reach around the kit. Small Acorn tip for warm cymbal tones. A very versatile stick model in size.

"As an artist I know it's important to be versatile, Vater provides me with great products and a lot of variety.  Whether it's Blues, Rock or Jazz… sticks or mallets… I know I can depend on Vater!" - Hannah Welton [Prince/3rd Eye Girl]

Length 16"   |   40.64 cm

Grip 0.540"  |   1.37 cm

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

Small round tip for highly defined and clean cymbal tones. Very well balanced stick. Great for jazz or lighter playing.

 

Length16 1/8" | 40.96cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm

Between a 5A and 5B in the grip. A solid feeling drumstick with an acorn style tip that gives the player outstanding rebound from around the drumkit. A great stick for mid-volume Rock music situations.  

"Vater nailed it when they designed the "Heartbeater" model. It has all the technical aspects you need when playing drums - length, strength, balance, durability and playability. But most importantly it feels good in your hands which makes your drumming more inspiring and creative. Don't walk... run to your nearest drum shop and get a pair of these!!!" - Curt Bisquera

Length 16" |  40.64 cm

Grip 0.500  |  1.27 cm

The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. The 500 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. Models available in Hickory and Maple. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone.

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.610" | 1.55cm. Just over a traditional 5B in the grip Heavier taper for solid feel. Well balanced, weighted and responsive with a rounded barrel-style wood tip.

“The Xtreme Design Series offers increased weight and durability without sacrificing response. I found it refreshing to use a heavy stick that still offered good playability” – Modern Drummer Magazine

  • Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.610" | 1.55cm. Similar grip as 5B but with 1/2" extra length. The “big brother” to Power 5A. Also available in Hickory version.
  • "The Vater product line has gradually increased my drumming vocabulary. I have come to rely on Vater's mallets, bass drum beaters, Monster Brushes, sticks, and standard brushes to create my music. I thank Vater for helping me to become a better drummer!" - Matt Johnson [Jeff Buckley / St. Vincent]

Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm.Comfortable to the 5A player but with 1/2" extra length for extra reach and weight. Also available in Hickory version.

"I spent years searching for the perfect combination of projection & softness without wanting to sacrifice durability. I finally found it with the Vater Sugar Maple Power 5A!" – Ian O’Neill [Kelsea Ballerini]

Lenght 16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.550" | 1.40cm. The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. The 500 and 525 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. All three models available in Hickory and Maple. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone. Also available in a Hickory version.

Length 16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.605" | 1.54cm. Beefed up neck diameter for power and durability. Acorn style tip for broad, full sounds. Very responsive stick. "Vater makes products that I can't imagine performing without. Their quality and consistency make them my first choice when it comes to drum sticks." - Dave Tedeschi [Postmodern Jukebox] 

Length 16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm. 5A Sized grip. Warm Low tones. Made from Sugar Maple for a lighter touch. "It's taken me years to find what I consider the perfectly weighted stick. I found that in the Vater Teardrop Cymbal Stick. It has great action off the drums and cymbals, which makes for an effortless feel and movement around the whole kit." - Dan Peters [Mudhoney]

Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm
 

Between a traditional 5A and 5B in the grip. Heavier taper for solid feel. Well balanced, weighted and responsive with a rounded barrel-style wood tip.

“The Xtreme Design Series offers increased weight and durability without sacrificing response. I found it refreshing to use a heavy stick that still offered good playability” – Modern Drummer Magazine

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.540" | 1.37cm. Longer than an average 7A with a small round tip for defined cymbal work. Also available in Sugar Maple. 

"I've been using Vater wood tip 7A's for many years now and have always been happy with their quality and durability. I've found that no other brand holds up quite as long as Vater." - Daren Taylor [The Airborne Toxic Event]

Length16 1/8" | 40.96cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm. Originally a Vater Player's Design Model, the Matrix remains exactly the same in all dimensions as the previous artist model, just with a new name. The Matrix measures out as a 5A in the grip with a gradual taper to a small barrel tip for extreme cymbal clarity. A very quick feeling stick that is great stick for Jazz, Funk and R&B drumming.
 
 "I've used to struggle with finding the right size for me until I found the Matrix model of Vater's sticks. It's the Perfect length, perfect weight distribution, and perfect barrel tip. I personally feel like this stick was made for me and I've been using them ever since." - Taylor Gordon [Daya]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.605" | 1.54cm. Same dimensions as our standard 5B but with a keg / barrel shaped tip for a defined cymbal articulation.

 "The Keg 5B is the stick I've been looking for for a long time. I've always loved the tone I get from the Fusions, but I love the power and the feel I get from the 5Bs. The Keg 5B to me combines these 2 very important attributes into 1 stick. Now I can get that beautiful cymbal definition but not be afraid to dig in to my shells." - Mike Aveneim 

 "For amphitheater or arena volumes with Miranda Lambert, the KEG 5B has the handle and velocity sought in a heavier stroke - all with un-compromised cymbal definition." - G. Maxwell Zemanovic [Miranda Lambert]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm. Same dimensions as our standard 5A but with a keg/barrel shaped tip for a defined cymbal articulation.

  “Vater offer’s the quality and durability, to project a better sound on any drumset or cymbal. I wouldn't use anything other than Vater. They're the only drumsticks that gets me through my gigs!" -Didi Negron [Cirque du Soleil Amaluna]

 

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.575" | 1.46cm. Slightly over a 5A in the grip. Long taper to a small teardrop tip for a great ride cymbal sound, response and definition.

 "Jazz Ride sticks give me the combination of a light stick and stick full of body. I can swing easily and go right into a funk or rock groove with out having to switch sticks. I've been playing Vater since 1993 and it's been apart of my musical journey." - Jay Williams [Jonathan Butler]

 

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.550" | 1.40cm. The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. The 500 and 525 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. All three models available in Hickory and Maple. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone. Also available in Sugar Maple

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip0.605" | 1.54cm

 Very responsive, comfortable and balanced stick with acorn tip. Versatile stick. Also available in Sugar Maple, Nude Series, Eternal Black and Color Wrap.

 "Vater makes the best sticks out there by far and if it wasn't for them I'd just be air drumming!! I choose the 5B because it's not to skinny and not too fat, I get the power and the speed that I need." - Brann Dailor [Mastodon]
 

"Playing in arenas and stadiums I require a stick that can stand up to a full on beating. The Vater 5B is extremely durable and still maintains a fantastic feel." - Jim Riley [Rascal Flatts]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm

Very well balanced stick. Heavier toward the tip for fast attack and response on drums. Also available in Sugar Maple, Nude Series, Eternal Black and Color Wrap.

 "I can't play with any other size sticks except for the Vater 5A sticks I love the weight & the durability it has. Once you go 5A you won't go back" - Amadeus [Trey Songz]

 

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip0.605" | 1.54cm

Manufactured in response to consumer requests, the 55AA and 55BB models offer just a little extra reach for the 5A and 5B player's without adding a bunch of weight or compromising the feel of the sticks. Both models feature the classic acorn style tip.

 "Vater drumsticks on a gig… it doesn't get any better!!!" - Nisan Stewart [Dancining with the Stars / Jamie Foxx]

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip0.605" | 1.54cm

Manufactured in response to consumer requests, the 55AA and 55BB models offer just a little extra reach for the 5A and 5B player's without adding a bunch of weight or compromising the feel of the sticks. Both models feature the classic acorn style tip.
 


 "Vater drumsticks on a gig… it doesn't get any better!!!" - Nisan Stewart [Dancining with the Stars / Jamie Foxx]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip0.590" | 1.50cm

Sturdy shoulder and neck with a rounded barrel tip for volume.
 
 "Vater it's truly the drummer's choice." - Chris Johnson [Lady Gaga / Jennifer Lopez]
 
 "I've been playing the Fatback 3A Nylon tip for as long as I can remember. The weight is perfect for my style of drumming, the thick neck makes them extra durable, the round tip gets the perfect sound out of my cymbals, and I've never had one nylon tip fly off while playing, which I can't say about other brands of sticks that I tried back in the day." - Richard Christy [Charred Walls of the Damned]

 

 Length16 1/4" | 41.27cm Grip0.635" | 1.61cm. Oval tip for greater surface contact. Heavier shoulder and added length for attack & punch.

 "I have an emotional attachment to my Vater sticks...without them, there is no show!" - Mike Fuentes [Pierce The Veil]

  "I really enjoy the Vater 2B's because of how strong and durable they are. I tend to hit very hard so I like a pair of sticks that can take plenty of punishment without worrying about them breaking off in my hand every song. I added weight of the sticks helps me to really lay into every hit and make sure that I get the most out of each drum." - Chris Vest [Framing Hanley]

Length 16 3/4" | 42.55cm Grip 0.590" | 1.50cm
 

A lengthy stick with a 5B style grip and acorn tip

"I'm a big fan of the 1A's because of their length in particular. I naturally choke up a bit on sticks, so the extra length is perfect. Because they aren't too thick, you can easily play to both dynamic extremes." - Ilan Rubin [Nine Inch Nails]

 

Length 16 1/4" |  41.27 cm

Grip 0.635" |  1.61 cm

Oval tip for greater surface contact. Heavier shoulder and added length for attack & punch.

"I have an emotional attachment to my Vater sticks...without them, there is no show!" - Mike Fuentes [Pierce The Veil]

"I really enjoy the Vater 2B's because of how strong and durable they are. I tend to hit very hard so I like a pair of sticks that can take plenty of punishment without worrying about them breaking off in my hand every song. I added weight of the sticks helps me to really lay into every hit and make sure that I get the most out of each drum." - Chris Vest [Framing Hanley]

"Vater 2B's are where it's at. I'm pleased to have found such a brave and resolute stick." - Miles Morris [Bad Suns]

Length 16 5/8" |  42.23 CM

Grip 0.630" |  1.60 cm

Full sized barrel tip and long shaft for weight and extra reach.

"Vater's quality is unmatched in the industry! I use the Rock model and this stick has never failed me in any way! I've never broken a stick or lost a nylon tip, and that's after many jams using the same pair. Weeks and weeks worth of abuse and these stix will not quit! Amazing!" - Steve Asheim [Deicide]

Length 16" |  40.64 cm

Grip 0.605" |  1.54 cm

Very responsive, comfortable and balanced stick with acorn tip. Versatile stick. The unfinished stick leaves a comfortable sanded grip that is perfect for drummers who have problems with stick slippage due to hand sweat while performing.

"I discovered good wood in 1993...so should you. Play Vater." - Sean Kinney [Alice In Chains]

Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.610" | 1.55cm. Just over a traditional 5B in the grip Heavier taper for solid feel. Well balanced, weighted and responsive with a rounded barrel-style wood tip.  

“The Xtreme Design Series offers increased weight and durability without sacrificing response. I found it refreshing to use a heavy stick that still offered good playability” – Modern Drummer Magazine  

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.540" | 1.37cm. Longer than an average 7A with a small round tip for defined cymbal work. Also available in Sugar Maple. 

"I've been using Vater wood tip 7A's for many years now and have always been happy with their quality and durability. I've found that no other brand holds up quite as long as Vater." - Daren Taylor [The Airborne Toxic Event]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.605" | 1.54cm. Very responsive, comfortable and balanced stick with acorn tip. Versatile stick. Also available in Sugar Maple, Nude Series, Eternal Black and Color Wrap.

 "Vater makes the best sticks out there by far and if it wasn't for them I'd just be air drumming!! I choose the 5B because it's not to skinny and not too fat, I get the power and the speed that I need." - Brann Dailor [Mastodon]
 

"Playing in arenas and stadiums I require a stick that can stand up to a full on beating. The Vater 5B is extremely durable and still maintains a fantastic feel." - Jim Riley [Rascal Flatts]
 

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.570" | 1.45cm. Very well balanced stick. Heavier toward the tip for fast attack and response on drums. Also available in Sugar Maple, Nude Series, Eternal Black and Color Wrap.

 "I can't play with any other size sticks except for the Vater 5A sticks I love the weight & the durability it has. Once you go 5A you won't go back" - Amadeus [Trey Songz]
 

 

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.590" | 1.50cm. Sturdy shoulder and neck with a rounded barrel tip for volume.
 
 "Vater it's truly the drummer's choice." - Chris Johnson [Lady Gaga / Jennifer Lopez]
 
 "I've been playing the Fatback 3A Nylon tip for as long as I can remember. The weight is perfect for my style of drumming, the thick neck makes them extra durable, the round tip gets the perfect sound out of my cymbals, and I've never had one nylon tip fly off while playing, which I can't say about other brands of sticks that I tried back in the day." - Richard Christy [Charred Walls of the Damned]

Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm
 

Between a traditional 5A and 5B in the grip. Heavier taper for solid feel. Well balanced, weighted and responsive with a rounded barrel-style wood tip.

“The Xtreme Design Series offers increased weight and durability without sacrificing response. I found it refreshing to use a heavy stick that still offered good playability” – Modern Drummer Magazine

Length 16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm.

 

Comfortable to the 5A player but with 1/2" extra length for extra reach and weight. Also available in Hickory version.

"I spent years searching for the perfect combination of projection & softness without wanting to sacrifice durability. I finally found it with the Vater Sugar Maple Power 5A!" – Ian O’Neill [Kelsea Ballerini]

 Length16.375" | 41.59cm Grip 0.625" | 1.59cm. Similar to a 2B in grip, Virgil's stick has a beefy shoulder and quick taper to a rounded barrel shaped tip. A great solid-feeling stick for when volume and projection are needed. Hickory.
 

"I've been accused of "cutting loose" on the drums...it's my Vater sticks that propel me."



"I started using the Virgil Assault model because I love the shape of the stick. It's the perfect beast between the 5B and the Morgan Alien Freak stick because of the taper and tip. This stick is CRUSHING when I need to lay it down T. Lee style and graceful when I wanna bust out the Stewart Copeland chops." - Will Hunt [Evanescence / Vasco Rossi]

Length16" | 40.64cm Grip 0.580" | 1.47cm. Between a 5A & 5B, with a quick taper and heavy shoulder. A bit more weight up top for a solid feel, great response and durability, yet still sensitive enough for lighter playing. A slightly enlarged version of a 5A tip. Hickory.

"Check out the wood I created! Simple yet versatile. Straight-forward yet flexible. Whether I'm playing punk rock, pop or anything in-between, the H-220 lets me easily switch gears without having to switch sticks." - Josh Freese

 

Length16 1/2" | 41.91cm Grip 0.595" | 1.51cm. This design comes from one of the most respected musicians in the Gospel scene and drummer for Israel Houghton and New Breed, Big Mike Clemons. Mike's design measures out just under a 5B in the grip with an extra 1/2" in length for added reach around the kit. With a quick taper and a classic acorn style tip for full drum and cymbal tones, this model is very durable and responsive. Mike's model also features Vater's Nude Series finish for a comfortable, unlaquered grip.

 

 

Length 16" |  40.64 cm

Grip 0.570" |  1.45 cm

The Vater Extended Play™ Series is an extremely durable drumstick that has two distinct features to help address issues of common wear and tear on a players’ drumsticks. The first feature is a pearl-colored, specially formulated durable finish that protects the tip and shoulder area of the stick to slow early chipping and cracking. The second feature is our exclusive 3 inch “ Stick Shield™ “ located in the rimshot area that is highly impact resistant and 8X stronger than Steel with maximum tensile strength. The grip area of the stick has the same great-feeling finish as found on all Vater Sticks. Extended Play™ sticks offer the optimal balance and feel of a Vater hickory stick, with advanced durability and resistance to rimshot fatigue and breakage. Patent Pending. Visit vater.com for warranty info.

• Durable Finish on tip and shoulder
• Stick Shield™ prevents wear and breakage in the “rimshot” area
• Same great balance and feel as standard models, but with unmatched durability
• GUARANTEED against breakage due to wear in the area protected by the Stick Shield™
• Available in 5A, 5B, Power 5A, Power 5B and 3A, wood or nylon tip as well as in the MV7 and MV8 Marching Snare Stick models

"After a couple weeks of playing, the tip and shoulder areas of the Extended Plays were the first to show signs of wear. But the damage was subtle and certainly not enough for me to justify tossing the sticks in the trash. After about three weeks, I started to see some slight splintering around the Stick Shield rimshot area. Even with my heavier playing style, the lifespan of the Extended Play sticks was double that of traditional sticks, while maintaining the familiar feel of regular models. If you typically have to toss sticks prematurely because of shattered wood around the rimshot area, the Extended Play series would be a great alternative rather than going to a fully synthetic stick." - Modern Drummer Magazine

Length 16 1/2" |  41.91 cm

Grip 0.610" |  1.55 cm

The Vater Extended Play™ Series is an extremely durable drumstick that has two distinct features to help address issues of common wear and tear on a players’ drumsticks. The first feature is a pearl-colored, specially formulated durable finish that protects the tip and shoulder area of the stick to slow early chipping and cracking. The second feature is our exclusive 3 inch “ Stick Shield™ “ located in the rimshot area that is highly impact resistant and 8X stronger than Steel with maximum tensile strength. The grip area of the stick has the same great-feeling finish as found on all Vater Sticks. Extended Play™ sticks offer the optimal balance and feel of a Vater hickory stick, with advanced durability and resistance to rimshot fatigue and breakage. Patent Pending. Visit vater.com for warranty info.

• Durable Finish on tip and shoulder
• Stick Shield™ prevents wear and breakage in the “rimshot” area
• Same great balance and feel as standard models, but with unmatched durability
• GUARANTEED against breakage due to wear in the area protected by the Stick Shield™
• Available in 5A, 5B, Power 5A, Power 5B and 3A, wood or nylon tip as well as in the MV7 and MV8 Marching Snare Stick models

"After a couple weeks of playing, the tip and shoulder areas of the Extended Plays were the first to show signs of wear. But the damage was subtle and certainly not enough for me to justify tossing the sticks in the trash. After about three weeks, I started to see some slight splintering around the Stick Shield rimshot area. Even with my heavier playing style, the lifespan of the Extended Play sticks was double that of traditional sticks, while maintaining the familiar feel of regular models. If you typically have to toss sticks prematurely because of shattered wood around the rimshot area, the Extended Play series would be a great alternative rather than going to a fully synthetic stick." - Modern Drummer Magazine