The great drummer worked closely with the Vater craftsmen, even spent time on the Vater factory floor in the development process. Then, he used various prototypes live, in the studio, and on the pad – paying attention to what worked and what didn’t work for him in each situation.
The grip size starts at .590” with a very subtle flare out to .600”, then quickly back to .590” for a comfortable grip to a precisely calibrated taper for a great rebound, then finished off with a medium-sized acorn tip for a full but defined sound. This spec combination and a touch shorter length deliver a lathe-turned drumstick model that covers the wide spectrum of music that Vinnie plays from jazz to heavy rock, and everything in between.
Vinnie Colaiuta comments:
“This is the stick I’ve always wanted, and now I finally have it! It has been a long time coming but well worth the wait; every second.
I remember visiting Jack’s Drum Shop in Boston when I was a student at Berklee, and that is where Vater all really started…in the basement of Jack’s. Now look at what happened! At one point I was using sticks under a different brand that Vater was making for them and, quite frankly, I was always impressed with Vater’s wood. They have the best wood in my opinion, and in the opinion of many others as well.
The Vater craftsmen are so diligent and detailed, and I love the lathe-turned sticks. I even went to the Vater factory and stood there at the lathe while modifications were made right before my eyes. You’ll notice a very familiar 15 15/16” length on the stick. We sought to take something that people loved years ago, myself included, but make it even better – and we succeeded! I can feel the history, very personally, and it all comes full circle. Bravo to Vater and the whole team!”