The Avedis Zildjian Company has launched 15 new drumstick models this summer, starting with two new Artist Series models developed in conjunction with Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and Chicago's Danny Seraphine. Also being introduced are several new maple, maple DIP, and laminated birch models.
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Zildjian is adding the famous Aerosmith logo, along with Joey's signature, to its Joey Kramer Artist Series stick. Known for its cross-sanded, raw finish, this medium-sized drumstick gives drummers a little extra reach at 16 ¼ inches.
Widely respected as the original drummer and a founding member of the band Chicago, another of Zildjian's latest drumsticks comes from long-standing Zildjian cymbal artist, Danny Seraphine. His legendary integration of jazz chops with a rock feel has long been cited as a major influence on many of today's great drummers. Danny's new Artist Series stick, featuring a unique thumb grove, facilitates proper hand positioning and comfort and allows drummers to quickly locate the optimal fulcrum point. Constructed from US Select hickory, the Danny Seraphine Artists Series stick features a teardrop shaped tip for full, articulate sounds.
Maple sticks Zildjian expands its line-up of maple sticks with eight new models. The maple models are designed to offer a lighter feel and darker tonality than hickory, yet retain all of the features of their Hickory counterparts. The Super 7A, Jazz, 5A, and 5B wood tip models build on quality that drummers have come to trust. Zildjian's new maple DIP models, including 5A, 5B, Super 7A, Maple Mini Ball, and maple acorn, are treated with a double coating of Zildjian's exclusive DIP grip in a vibrant green color. The DIP coating provides an increased thickness in the grip area and a desirable backweighting to improve the feel and rebound effect of the stick.
Laminated birch Zildjian rounds out its new drumstick offerings with four new laminated birch models. Constructed from resin-coated plys of US Birch wood, this dense material is said to provide heavier weight and enhance projection and brighten tonality. Available in Heavy Super 7A, Heavy 6A, Heavy 5A, and Heavy 5B models.