Voted Best in Show at NAMM this year are the HingeStix by Sam Ruttenberg. With recommendations from Bernard Purdie, Joe Morello, Hal Blaine, Justin Faulkner, and Jason Bittner, these innovative practice stick are designed to force good drumming habits by allowing you to feel the proper rebound and develop proper finger technique.
From the HingeStix press release:
HingeStix® Practice Drumsticks Named “Best in Show” At Winter NAMM 2011
Innovative Stick Design Endorsed by Legendary Players From Blaine To Purdie Takes Top Honors
Annually, Music Inc. magazine publisher Frank Alkyer and his panel of well-respected retailers and buyers comb the show floor over the course of four days—visiting more than 1,500 exhibitors and thousands of products—in search of the best products, ideas and trends. This year, HingeStix Practice Drumsticks, as shown by Big Bang Distributors of California, were named as one of the “Best in Show” products, selected by Gayle Beacock of Beacock Music in Vancouver, WA.
Designed as a learning tool by noted drummer, percussionist, clinician and author, Sam Ruttenberg, the versatile HingeStix drumsticks enable drummers to feel the rebound, develop finger technique, understand the fulcrum, hold the stick properly, and feel the whipping motion of the Moeller technique. Two side plastic pads unscrew so that you can change the fulcrum position if you desire. HingeStix® simulates a loose grip, so they are also useful in countering the effects of sore muscles which is a result of holding drum sticks too tightly over a long period of time.
HingeStix® have garnered recommendations from drum set greats Bernard Purdie, Joe Morello, Hal Blaine, Justin Faulkner, Jason Bittner, Latin percussionist Richie Gajate-Garcia, and orchestral greats Jonathan Haas and Al Payson.
You can buy HingeStix at: www.HingeStix.com