Although Ahead has been the frontrunner in synthetic ticks for the better part of 2 decades (sorry, Duratech), it seems that Uncle Vic is finally throwing his hat in the synthetic stick game with the new TITAN™ sticks. Can they finally crack the code to real, wood-feeling sticks that will hold up to the promises of alternative materials? At $50 a pair, they’d better be pretty awesome.
Hearing protection is something we drummers need to be mindful of, but we often take it for granted until we start noticing early-onset tinnitus or other hearing damage. As someone who did several years in drumline and many more years in rock bands sans ear plugs, I can testify that it’s never too early (or too wimpy) to take care of our ears.
One of the primary dilemmas we face when looking at hearing protection is how to best have good sound reduction while also hearing a click or a backing track for gigs and practice. Enter the stereo isolation headphone! Now, you can have your dB-cutting cake and eat your stereo sound source too! More