Introducing the Modern Jazz Collection
Some secrets are too good to keep quiet. Over the years and in collaboration with some of the world’s top artists, the design team at Vic has produced thousands of prototypes ranging from the highly experimental to the straight-ahead. This has been our secret playground. The MJC series have been staples in our back room for years – and while the name says ‘Modern Jazz’, we’ve found they are exceptional in almost any musical setting.
Never before available to the public, these five models were developed collaboratively with drummers on the cutting edge of “American’s Original Art Form”, including Jeff Ballard, Greg Hutchinson, Joe McCarthy and Lewis Nash.
Vic Firth Enters the Cajon Market with Two New Products
“Although the cajon is traditionally played with the hands, today’s percussionists are experimenting with a variety of implements in pursuit of new and exciting sounds,” states Neil Larrivee, Vice President of Education and Drumstick Product Development for Vic Firth Co. “For all the cajon brushes out there, we were surprised to learn that very few of them actually address the unique needs of this emerging instrument!”
The Cajon Bru-llet marries elements of a brush and a mallet to brilliantly translate both slap and bass tones to the cajon! Hickory shaft with medium-stiff plastic bristles and a 1 1⁄2” mallet head made from XLPE foam. The VKB4 is crafted with a foam rubber head and produces a warm, full bass tone on Cajon with just the right amount of attack.
Vic Firth’s new cajon products are designed with functionality and musicality as the top priorities.
Limited Edition Products Celebrate Artist Milestones
Artist collaborations have long been a point of pride for Vic Firth Company. Conceived with the utmost respect for artistry and musicality, sticks in the Vic Firth Signature Series celebrate the musicians –past and present – who shape the drumming world today.
Quite possibly the most recognized jazz drummer of all time, Buddy Rich fundamentally changed the role of the drummer. His inimitable style pushed him to center stage, and in so doing, created generations of aspiring young drummers! Exploding on to the music scene in the late 1960’s with Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice brought an immense energy to the drumming world. Together with Vanilla Fudge, he helped to shape the face of Psychedelic Rock for years to come.
Vic Firth is pleased to release these limited edition products, celebrating Buddy’s 100th birthday and Carmine’s 50-year career in the recording industry.
Updated Signature Sticks
“For years, drummers around the world have told us how much they love the balance and adaptability of Carter’s stick,” states Neil Larrivee, Vice President of Education and Drumstick Product Development. “But if there’s one request we hear time and time again, it’s for a version with a natural grip. In close collaboration with Carter, we’re pleased to now offer his wildly popular signature stick without the added Vic Grip coating.”
Available worldwide in 2017, Gavin’s updated model features a royal blue matte paint in the gripping area. Dry to the touch, this matte finish offers a feel that is completely unique when compared to standard paint, Vic Grip or lacquer. This brand new finish comes together with the same finely-tuned specs that made Gavin’s original stick so popular to create an incredibly versatile and well balanced stick with a feel all its own.
ESSENTIAL STICK BAG, RED (ESBRED)
After countless requests from retailers and artists worldwide, the Essentials Stick Bag–a limited-edition product in 2016 –has found a permanent home in the Vic Firth catalog.
The ESBRED is cleverly designed to hold 4-5 implements such as sticks, brushes, Rutes and mallets–the essentials! The bag features a hook-and-strap system for secure suspension from the floor tom or snare. The straps fit neatly into the bag when not in use. An internal pocket and elastic drum key loop make the bag complete! Crafted in durable‚ water resistant red nylon. H = 19”, W (when open) = 8 1/4”
Iain Moyer Corpsmaster® Signature Keyboard Mallets
Over the course of a continually blossoming career, Dr. Iain Moyer has amassed numerous accomplishments and made significant contributions to the world of marching percussion. He has composed, arranged and instructed at the highest levels of the Drum Corps activity – including ten years at The Cadets, contributing to a World Championship in 2011 and a Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2013. Iain has additionally worked with the Madison Scouts, Glassmen, Crossmen, and has held directorial positions at the University of North Alabama and Widener University.
“I’m really excited about my new signature mallets, because I think they offer a fresh approach to the marching percussion idiom,” states Moyer. “The marimba models are based on a multi-tonal concept, and the vibraphone models feature birch handles instead of the traditional choice of rattan.”
Multi-tonal in construction, the four marimba models respond to the player’s touch on the instrument. Increased velocity offers brighter articulation. Composers and arrangers will find that they can keep the same models in the players’ hands for longer passages – changing articulation through technique and touch, rather than mallet changes.
Birch shafts in the vibraphone models offer increased rigidity – great for fast, two-mallet passages in the upper registers and for turn-on-a-dime dynamic changes from note to note. These birch shaft vibraphone mallets are also great on marimba, offering a unique cord-wrapped articulation.
Rusty Burge Signature Vibraphone Mallet
Educator, performer and recording artist Rusty Burge is widely recognized for his unique musical voice on the vibraphone. “Your sound is what defines you as a player. Listeners are either drawn to it, or they aren’t,” states Rusty. “As a vibraphonist, your options for cultivating a unique sound are the instrument itself, your technique, and your mallets. It is of vital importance that the mallets work with you!”
Designed with both group and solo performance in mind, Rusty’s signature vibraphone mallet offers the ultimate uniformity of sound at all dynamic levels. “A lot of times when you’re playing with a group, you’re not in control of how loud the drummer plays. When you want to produce more sound, you shouldn’t lose the sound you want to get. That was my number one goal for these mallets.”
Rusty’s new mallet generates a full sound that maintains its characteristics across all registers and at all dynamic levels. Durable synthetic cord over a rubber core produces a nice jump off the bar.
Updated Ed Saindon Signature Vibraphone Mallet
Over the course of his career as a world-renowned performer and educator, Ed Saindon has developed a sound all his own by way of his pianistic approach to mallet playing. His expressivity and nuance on the instrument is intrinsically linked both to his unique 4-mallet technique and to his mallets themselves.
“When we set out to update my signature mallet, I knew I wanted a little more agility, but I didn’t want to sacrifice the fullness or clarity that my original M38 was known for,” states Ed. “The natural rubber core of the new M39 combined with a carefully selected cord provides a great playing experience with the perfect balance of fullness and clarity across the range of the instrument and at all dynamic levels.”
Constructed for a versatile sound, Ed’s new M39 mallet is great on both vibraphone and marimba. Rattan handles and an appropriately-weighted core make this a well-balanced and extremely playable mallet.Ed Saindon Signature Vibraphone mallets feature a natural rubber core tightly wrapped with thin cord generates a full sound with exceptional clarity at all dynamic levels. Perfect for both vibraphone and marimba.