Vic Firth Drumsticks are the biggest selling drum sticks world wide. The American Classic range are unrivalled in popularity. Check them out here.
What is now the leading name in drumsticks was created out of necessity rather than design. When full time percussionist Vic Firth was in need of a higher quality of stick for some music he was playing, dissatisfied with the choices out there, he took it upon himself to whittle his own. These early designs were sent to a professional mill to be recreated and would go onto become the SD1 and SD2 that we know these days. Although the sticks were originally designed only for his own use, they became so popular with his students that Vic Firth eventually began to sell them.
The American Classic Range includes some of the most popular sizes for drummers and is the starting point for many drummers trying their first sticks. 5A is generally accepted as the 'normal' size (if such a thing exists) while 7As are little bit thinner and lighter and 5Bs a little bit heavier and thicker. Of course the American Classic Nylon range offers all these sizes and weights but with a nylon tip.
Being arguably the biggest name in drum sticks, Vic Firth have an impressive line up of stars in their Signature Stick range, including Steve Gadd, Jojo Mayer, Dave Weckl and the one and only Buddy Rich.