Best Quality Brushes

double bass man

Junior Member
Not been playing to long and advice regarding brushes. I have bought cheap no-name brushes and find that they do not last long--the wires bend / go out of shape. I cut the bent wires off. What brand quality brushes do you use that last awhile?
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I don't do brush work on a frequent basis, but when I do, AHEAD's switch brushes are my go-to tools. Their functionality and durability is excellent. I also use AHEAD sticks, rods, and drum cases. The universal quality of AHEAD products is first rate.

See the link below:

 

organworthyplayer337

Well-known member
I Just got started as well. Coming from the cheap brushes, I don’t think you can go wrong with any major company’s offerings. Promark, Vater, Vic Firth, RegalTip, etc.

I’ve had the Vic Firth legacy brushes for a little while now. They have a wood handle and are retractable, but for build quality, I wouldn’t jump for these.

The Ed Thigpen signature model from RegalTip are nice. Wood handle and haven’t fallen apart yet.

most of Vic firths are plastic handled should stay together for a while.



newb side note: I like to extend my brushes and leave them open, because, unless I’m dumb (which is totally possible), the mechanism for retracting and extending brushes doesn’t seem very sustainable.
 
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TMe

Senior Member
I used nylon brushes for a while and then, after I was more familiar with brushes, I went back to wire brushes and found I wasn't wrecking them as quickly. The nylon brushes stand up to more abuse and the plastic strands don't snag on the rim or kink as easily as steel wires.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I play a lot of brushes with the bands I play with . I have a few favourites that I will list below with comments .

Regal Tip Ed Thigpen model - great playing brush. - nice flexible bristles and the hybrid wood rubber handle comes in handy and is comfortable - retractable - my favourite brushes currently

Regal Tip Clayton Cameron - the extra length is really nice - non- retractable which may be an issue for some people . The spread can be adjusted with a rubber band - I like the spread of the wires and the length is nice for people that don’t play a lot of brushes as it helps with the adjustment .

Vic Firth Heritage Brush ( purple handle ) - have lovely lighter weight wires that make brush playing very easy . The handle is comfortable and they are retractable - these are quickly becoming a personal favourite .

Headhunters Dreamcatchers - non retractable model with a thick nylon loop which helps with cymbal playing and adding volume . These are well made and feel good to play .

If you prefer brushes with thicker wire strands two models I like are the Vic Firth Russ Miller and the Regal Tip Jeff Hamilton model . These are more durable than some of the more flexible wire strand models listed above .
 
Vic Firth Heritage Brush ( purple handle ) - have lovely lighter weight wires that make brush playing very easy . The handle is comfortable and they are retractable - these are quickly becoming a personal favourite .
These are the only brushes from your list that I know. I also like them a lot. A nice feature is that you can choose between two settings: brushes fully extended or only half spread. If you're new to playing brushes, you might bend the wires by occasionally getting stuck between the hoop and the collar of the head - only extending the wires half-way helps to prevent that.
Transportation, pushing too hard on the wires or playing too heavy strokes can also cause bending. So you might want to watch out for those things. A few lessons with a good brush player would also be great. Brush playing is really hard to learn all by yourself or by watching youtube videos.
If you cut bent wires, leave the remaining part in the handle. If you remove too many of them, all the other wires might come loose and fall out of the handle.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
Another Vic Firth purple handle brush user here. I've had my pair for...15 years or so? They don't get a whole lot of use, but I've never had any issues with them at all.
 

Vintage Old School

Gold Member
I replaced my older brushes with the Regal Tip Clayton Cameron Brush and the Ed Thigpen Brush models. So far they've been great.
 

Morrisman

Platinum Member
I use brushes a lot, and my favourites are Wincent 33M medium steel. They are a bit longer and stiffer than the common brands. They are stronger, louder and last longer.
 

Soulfinger

Senior Member
Another vote for Regal Tip. For me they have the best sound, feel and durability.
The Classic model is my favourite, "The Sutter" is great (a bit stiffer), and I really like the "Whiskers" nylon brushes.
The Vic Firth Heritage are nice as well.
 

s1212z

Well-known member
Jeff Hamilton Regal Tip (retractable), had them for a while and like them, nice balance. I chewed up wires that were non-retractable all the time, bending the wires. Plus I like being able to change the shape of the retraction which gives a big fan or narrow brush, different textures and feel.
 

Neal Pert

Well-known member
Lots and lots of brush playing here. The old standard Regal Tip brushes are, I think, the industry standard for a reason-- if you're using brushes in a traditional way, that's where to start. There are a million other options-- I carry 3-5 pairs in my bag, depending on the gig-- but if I had to pick one it'd be the Regal Tip brushes with the metal loop.

 

someguy01

Well-known member
I don't do brush work on a frequent basis, but when I do, AHEAD's switch brushes are my go-to tools. Their functionality and durability is excellent. I also use AHEAD sticks, rods, and drum cases. The universal quality of AHEAD products is first rate.

See the link below:

Who else read this and instantly heard and saw the Dos Equis guy?
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Just a home player, but I use brushes probably 90% of the time - mostly for noise issues.
My current collection:

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Top - VF Legacy: https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/legacy-brush.html
Nice if you want your brushes to have a familiar wood grip feel.
They're also a bit louder than the others.

Next down - the white ones - VF Jazz brushes: https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/jazz-brush-plastic-handle.html
They have a textured plastic grip for non-slip. Loudness is in between the Legacy and Heritage.

The 3rd and 5th set are VF Heritage: https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/heritage-brush-rubber-handle.html
I use these the most. They're comfortable and feel right to me.

The 4th set is D'Addario Promark: https://www.daddario.com/products/p...ate-sound-sources/jazz-telescopic-wire-brush/
These feel very similar to, and have a loudness similar to the Heritage, but are a tiny bit shorter.
The thinner bristles of the Promark and Heritage are good if you want to use brushes on a smaller snare drum,
or want to keep the volume to a minimum.

Top pick for me are the Heritage brushes.
 
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Blk Diamond

Senior Member
"The Most Interesting Drummer in the World." There's a title I'd readily accept.
Well, I'm personally going for the title of "The Least Interesting Drummer In The World".


"I don't drum much, but when I do, nobody seems to care one way or another."


I know it's not much, but I figure it's good to have obtainable goals. :LOL:
 
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