Up until recently, my drummer has been stuck behind a drum shield. We all wanted to set her free, but couldn’t bear the loudness of the drums.
My church recently went mobile and I wanted to simplify setup as much as possible. This meant ditching the drum shield and sound panels. The less to load in, the better.
Of course, the first thing I thought of was electronic drums…but, my drummer absolutely refused. And, I don’t blame her. The only other option was to figure out how to make the drums quieter, so we purchased different drum sticks to try, and here is what we found.
Review: Lidwish Solutions Classic Ultra-Tones Sticks
To be honest, when I first saw the Lidwish Solutions sticks, I thought, “What the heck.” But, you never know until you try, so I ordered a pair.
When they came in, I was nervous to even show my drummer. I knew she’d give me that look…you know, the one people give you when you are acting crazy. But, she willingly decided to give them a shot – especially if it meant she wouldn’t have to play electronic drums.
Pros: Lidwish Solutions Classic Ultra-Tones Sticks
- The volume of the drums was brought down by at least half. These drum sticks flex a little, so the energy from each hit is partially translated into the stick, resulting in much quieter drums.
- They bounce almost as good as regular drums sticks. To a drummer, the bounce of the stick is super important. I knew if these didn’t bounce, the wouldn’t work out. But they do – and quite well.
- The drums sound just as good mic’d as they do with regular sticks. Of course, you will need to adjust the gain to compensate for the volume difference, but the toms can still sound like rolling thunder and the snare nice and punchy with these sticks when mic’d.
Cons: Lidwish Solutions Classic Ultra-Tones Sticks
- It takes a minute to get used to how light they are. These sticks are super light compared to regular drums sticks. So, it takes awhile to get used to how these feel in your hands. But, after a few hours of playing, they will feel somewhat normal.
- Getting cymbal hits to sound right takes practice. The beautiful ‘tings’ and ‘pings’ you get from lightly hitting cymbals with regular drum sticks is pretty much unachievable with the Lidwish Solutions sticks. You still get the ’ting’, it just sounds different. And, when it comes to crashing a cymbal, it takes time to figure out what part of the stick to use. But, once you get it figured out, they work just fine.
There are other solutions to fix loud drums, but the Lidwish Solutions sticks enabled us to ditch the drum shield and stay away from electronic drums – both wins for us. The cons mentioned above seem minor in comparison to the pros, so we are happy with this solution.
Classic vs Version 2.0
We have only tried the Classic version of the Lidwish Solutions sticks as they are quieter than the 2.0 version. If you have used both and have some insight to offer, please drop it in the comments below.
What about the kick beater?
The sticks come with a kick beater. We tried it, and not a fan. With every kick, it feels like it is going to break in half. And it is tough, if not impossible, to get consistent hits on the kick drum. But, they throw it in for free, so nothing to complain about.
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