Boston-based stick maker Vater, which also began distributing drum accessories in recent years, has announced plenty of new products for 2012. We've got a sweet preview for you here on drummerszone.
StickMates Vater will introduce two stick add-ons for 2012 – The StickMate Tambourine and StickMate Shaker.
The StickMate Tambourine and Shaker models slide right on to your stick, brushes and mallets to give you added sound effects while playing.
Made of lightweight polymer and the low profile, StickMates won’t interfere with your playing. There’s a cut out in the handle for your thumb to rest in and contact the stick. You can easily put it on and take it off, or tape it on to the grip for extended usage.
BeBop series Vater's new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. All three models feature the same profile and tip.
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.
Two new sizzle mallets The first new model is Vater's classic Fusion mallet, Sizzle Fusion VSZLF, with a hard felt mallet head on the end but with a smaller mallet head design that won't interfere with your grip or playing. It features a round stick tip for bright cymbal tones.
The second new mallet is the Sizzle Fusion Acorn VSZLFA model. This is also a stick with a hard felt mallet head on the end. The smaller mallet head design won't intefere with your grip or playing. It features an acorn stick tip shape for a warmed and broad cymbal sound.
What else is new? Vater has also made a Sugar Maple version of their popular Phat Ride model, updated all Splashstick models to now feature angled edges on the dowel ends, and announced new rubber xylo and bell mallets.
All of these new products will make their debut at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 19, 2012.
The NAMM Show is not open to public, but if you're attending the NAMM Show, please visit the Vater Percusion Booth in Hall D #3076.