Vic Firth's affordable Nova 5A drum sticks are crafted of the same First Quality wood used for Vic Firth brand sticks. Each pair is weight-sorted and tone-paired using Vic Firth technology. On the nylon sticks, Vic Firth's new TipLock process guarantees that the tips won't chip or fly off.
10 Steps to a Vic Firth Stick:
1 - Kiln Drying
Dried to an exact moisture level in Vic Firth's own kilns.
2 - Doweling Process
After reaching the proper moisture level the wood is processed individually into a round dowel.
3 - Dowel Inspection
Dowels are inspected and graded into categories, based on color, grain, streaks, blemishes and defects.
4 - Centerless Grinding
Stick shape takes form as dowels are grinded by a wheel that spins at a high speed.
5 - Backknife Lathe
For timpani mallets and bass drum beaters not made on centerless grinders
6 - Computer Shaping
Complex stick and mallet profiles are shaped on the CNC computerized lathe.
7 - Finishing and Logo Stamping
Sticks are placed into tumblers to evenly finish the sticks. Vic Firth's Logo is stamped on accepted sticks.
8 - Weight Sorting
After checking once more for straightness sticks are loaded weighed on a computer scale and organized by weight.
9 - Tone Pairing
A computer analyzes the exact peak frequency of the stick and places the stick into a bin with others that match.
10 - Color Matching and Packaging
Sticks are paired by hand then the label and bar code are added (12 Pairs are combined to make a Vic Firth Brick)
For almost 40 years, Vic Firth Inc. has produced the finest drumsticks and mallets available. Innovative design coupled with uncompromising quality control - highlighted by the recent improvements to our proprietary tone pairing system - truly provide their customers with the Perfect Pair. It is this commitment that makes Vic Firth the world's largest manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets.