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Artists across the globe know and respect Vic Firth Company as the leading drumstick manufacturer in the world, and they don’t let anything come between their hands and their instruments except Vic Sticks. Through behind-the-scenes footage and one-on-one interviews with some of the world’s most revered artists, the hands that play Vic explain the groundbreaking manufacturing process of the hands that make Vic.


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The Passion Behind The Perfect Pair™

Vic explains why he started making drumsticks in the early 1960’s. Gavin Harrison performs.

The Science of Wood

After all, that’s where a great drumstick begins! Jojo Mayer performs.

Step 1: Green Boards

We start with “green” boards — undried wood cut from a live tree. Russ Miller performs.

Step 2: Cut on Site

The wood is cut on-site to meet our strict standards of consistency. Abe Laboriel, Jr. performs.

Step 3: Kiln Dried

Our wood is dried to exact specifications in our own specially modified kilns. Thomas Lang Performs.

Step Inside Our Kilns!

Get a close-up look at our exacting drying process. Steve Jordan performs.

Steps 4 & 5: Squares and Dowels

Our carefully dried wood is reduced gradually to minimize stress. Peter Erskine performs.

Step 6: The Special Sander

Before grinding, dowels are sanded to guarantee uniformity. Tony Royster performs.

Step 7: The Dowels are Inspected

All dowels are carefully inspected by hand before being sent to the grinders. Alex González performs.

Step 8: The First Grinder

Learn about the advantages of Vic Firth’s stone grinders over traditional wood lathes. Kenny Aronoff performs.

Step 9: The Second Grinder

The top half of the stick and the tip profile are shaped by the second grinder. Gerald Heyward performs.

Step 10: The Finishing Room

Clear finishes, paints and Vic Grip are applied before printing begins. George Kollias performs.

Step 11: Injection Molded Nylon Tips

Nylon tips are injection molded to keep them from chipping or flying off. Alex Acuña performs.

Step 12: The Printing Process

Special pad stampers apply artwork to the sticks. Joey Heredia and Joey De Leon Jr perform.

Step 13: Weight-Matching

Sticks are sorted into weight groupings within a 2 gram tolerance. Steve Gadd performs.

Step 14: Pitch Pairing

Each weight grouping is matched by pitch. Dave Weckl performs.

Step 15 & 16: Color Matching and Bricking

Sticks of equal weight and pitch are then matched cosmetically for consistant stick-to-stick color and bricked for shipping. Steve Smith performs.

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