AHEAD Testimonials

Tico Torres on Ahead drum sticks:
 

“I’m very comfortable with Ahead Sticks. No carpal tunnel. No pain. These sticks absorb the shock.”

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Ian Falgout on Ahead drum sticks:

"I tried many different sticks and have been through a few stick endorsements. I thought they were just "BASHER" sticks...was I wrong. Every stick is matched and consistent, hardly any shock or vibration is transferred to my hands and they DO a lot of the work! They are a PART of my sound and an extension of ME. Best sticks on the planet. The 5AB Hybrid's are the BEST of BOTH worlds! Grip of 5B for the feel and meat and the shaft and tip of a 5A for quicker motion and crisp articulation...you can rock AND groove with them!"

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Ahead Armor Cases:

They were and those cases ROCK! I didn't realize what a difference it would make with all the excellent features Ahead cases offer. The ease of placing and pulling the drums in and out of the cases is huge. Plus the cymbal bag is BY FAR the best one I have ever used. I am super picky about the separator sleeves for the cymbals that crumple down when you try and place a cymbal in the bag. The ridged and padded separators in the Ahead Cymbal Bag not only actually work but they offer much better protection for all of my cymbals! Now there is the hardware bag...this is OUTSTANDING. I have had this old Protechtor Hard Shell case that trashes your hand every time you try and toe it around. With the Ahead Hardware bag and the many handles and big wheels plus the huge flexible compartment make this almost my favorite piece in the set.

Moving my drums around just got easier and I feel my instrument is better protected than ever. Thanks Ben for hooking me up with this company. I have been spreading the word and am sure more stores that I deal with will begin to carry these great bags.
All my best. Garey Williams - Drumset Performing Artist & Educator
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I HAVE USED "AHEAD" PRODUCTS FOR OVER 20 YEARS. SPECIFICALLY THEIR "CROSSROADS" HAVE BEEN THE ONLY STICKS I'VE USED FOR OVER 10 YEARS, BECAUSE OF THE PERMANENT NERVE ENTRAPMENT IN MY RIGHT HAND. HAD ME DOWN & OUT & MY CAREER WAS OVER UNTIL MY SON TURNED ME ONTO YOUR PRODUCTS. PRAISE BE TO DA POWERS DAT BE....I AM AN ENDORSERS FOR LIFE....YOU GAVE ME MY LIFE AS A DRUMMER BACK...THANK YOU...MY SOUL SINGS YER PRAISES"
Phrogge Koehler

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I love my Ahead drumsticks. They're durable. I play 2 times a week live, and practice up to 4 days a week for 2-4 hours per practice, and can easily shred new wooden sticks in a matter of hours. They're consistent. They have the same sound and feel as the last pair I lost, or gave to a fan. They're amazing at staying in my hands! All drummers sweat. Sometimes you lose a stick during a song. I've been known to toss a few sticks during shows (ask my bassist, he tends to be the target of quite a few drumsticks that happen to get away) and with the Ahead grip tape, my sticks STAY PUT! I also find that I hold the stick not as tight, which let's me play more relaxed, and for a longer period of time, since my hands aren't tiring out. Overall, Ahead sticks are a thing of beauty. They are the "dream home" of the drumstick world. They have everything you could of ever asked for in a stick. Simply put, if you're not playing Ahead, you're going to get left behind. Thanks guys. You rock. - Steven Biggs

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Dear Ahead, I just wanted to say how very pleased I am with your products, I've been using your sticks and gloves since I was 7 years old ( I'm 24 now) your quality is fantastic. I first found about your products when I saw Charlie Morgan using the sticks in 1995 and I went out and got my first pair, ever since then I've only used ahead products. Anyway keep up the fantastic job! - Corey

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"You know your Ahead Armor cases are something special when people ask as many questions about your cases as they do your drums. I just did a clinic at Bentley's Drum Shop 2 days ago and everyone freaked over my cases. Pretty cool stuff." -Mike Johnston

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I found these AHEAD Earplugs in the drum store on Vine in Hollywood, and I am very happy that I have finally found some earplugs that really work. I use them at the gym, in aerobics classes where the music is too loud. I had bought several different kinds before trying these. None of the others stay in the ears while I'm jumping around--these do! I suggest that you tell the sports stores about these because I either called or visited several looking for something that would work. All they had were the foam ones that fall out. Thank you for your great product. Sincerely, Marianne Gregory

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This is a great website. I would like to see more testimonials posted by every Ahead user out there. I make this suggestion because as a drummer, Ahead sticks have never let me down and I have nothing but positive things to say about these drumsticks. - Damen Barbee

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Hello! My name is Brandon. I am such a huge fan of your drumsticks, and thank you for creating such a flawless, balanced, intricate mechanism. I am so fond of them that they are tattooed on my arm! It all started when a relative of mine bought me my first pair roughly 8 years ago. You could call it love at first strike! I have used no other brand of stick since Thank you very, very much. Your BIGGEST fan, Brandon
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I wanted to pass along my thanks for creating Ahead Drum Sticks. After two gigs and 8 hours of drumming this weekend, my hands are free of the pain, inflammation and swelling that I have come to expect after 50 years of drumming! The benefits of Ahead Drum Sticks are apparent. Thanks for making a great product that makes playing the drums painless again at age 65.
Carl D. Scott - Carl Scott Percussion

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I’m a senior in high school and I’m interested to going to college for either music performance for the drums or music business. I take drum and guitar lessons every single week and I really enjoy them. In school I sing in a few choirs and I play drums in the Concert Band and I'm also in our high school's marching band where I play the lead snare enthusiastically. I would like for you guys to know that during both my lessons, when I play on my set at home and while at school I only use ahead drumsticks. I love to use them over wooden drumsticks because they sound better and are much more comfortable to me as well as last longer than the average drumstick. Plus they look really awesome and I'm complimented on them all the time. I just wanted to let you guys know that I love your sticks and already have two pairs of them and I’m planning on continuing business with you because I’ve never had a problem with your drumsticks. Thanks guys, you rock!Sincerely, Jamie Tyler

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I am the drummer for the up and coming band A Failsafe Story. http://www.facebook.com//afailsafestory
I have played drums for over 21 years and have almost always used Vic Firth brand drumsticks. I have calculated that I broke around 427 pairs in that time. These drumsticks started at $5.50 a pair and have now gone up to $8.00 a pair. So I have spent around $2607.00 on drumsticks. My new brand of drumsticks will be the AHEAD brand. These sticks are a very fair price a pair and they can last about a year. I had played AHEAD sticks before and stopped. I was using the 5a model and it eventually didnt hold up to what I was playing so I stopped playing them. My guitarist referred me back to AHEAD sticks as a holiday present. This was the ROCK model I played these for awhile and they still were not giving me the reach I needed. Your most recent Model the Metal Fusion 2B is the most incredible, effortless, durable, balanced, and confident stick I have every used. I no longer have to worry about if I might break a stick during a performance. I am no longer covered in wood shavings after I play. The benefits dont stop there. I am saving a ton of money, I am getting more out of my drums with volume, consistency and life. The sticks are better on the cymbals and drums. I really didnt think these sticks were going to perform well in the studio but they actually made the recording sound better. All of the consistent hits, and the way the sticks make the cymbals sound really sealed the deal for me. Thanks for an exceptional innovation great work! P.S. Feel free to use this or parts of this feedback in your testimonials section.
Thanks James Erickson

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Hey guys, I just received my new 5bs through warranty, and just wanted to note your guys' great customer service, I've been using ahead for about 3 years now, and I've owned about 9 pairs, while I was waiting for my warranty sticks to come in I played Promarks and then jammed with my Aheads when they came in today and it was like laying down in your bed after being up for 48 hours!!! quote me on that!!! haha,anyways, thanks for the great product... Thanks, Corey Obey Oath

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I have been using the ahead sticks since I got my first set almost 10 years ago. they are a choice piece of equipment to have in your bag. They last so much longer than any wooden stick I have ever used. I have 4 pairs in my bag. 2 sets of the maxiums a Lars Ulrich signature and a Peter Criss signature set. I must say I finally lost one set. I have snapped one of my Lars Ulrich sticks in the middle. Broke my first stick after 10 years. Think my investment was a good one. Great product.
Cheers - Bill Marks - Maple Heights, Ohio

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I would like to thank you for providing such a great product!!!! I have used the 5B Rock sticks for the last 5yrs and have not looked back since...I practice four times a week for 4hrs a day and play two shows a month (hard rock) and have only broken three sticks in 5yrs. I even turned them on to a few friends I have and now they are hooked as well !!
Thanks again, Chuck Jonsson

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I think Ahead drumsticks are the absolute best things I've ever hit my drums with. Before I knew about Aheads my joints were so sore all the time from using wooden sticks and getting all that vibration back, I use Aheads now and there is no-more pain...so it goes without saying I commend Aheads and the technology behind them!
Mickey Russell - Morehead City, NC

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Dear Ahead Drumsticks:
I have been a drummer for 5 years and I have always played hard, Very hard, I would usually go through a pair of drumsticks in a week. I was switching between sizes and brands to try and find something that wouldn't break. This method gets very expensive when buying sticks that range from $5 to $15, Finally, I walked into my local music store and asked for a stick that wouldn't break. The salesman behind the counter said that finding a pair of sticks that break was the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail, He suggested Ahead Drumsticks, At first I was a little thrown back that they were $30, but then 1realized that I had already spent way more than that drumsticks, I brought them home and put them to the test. I had found the Holy Grail and it was only $30! I have been using the same pair of Ahead Drumsticks for a year and I have only had to replace the sleeves twice. I take these sticks with me whenever I play out and the people that I let use them are shocked by their performance. These sticks are so light and smooth, it amazes me every time I use them. By far, Ahead Drumsticks are the best investment that I have made for my drumming. Thank you. - Michael White, Johnston, RI

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I'd like to say thanks for making the best drum stick on the market to this day. They are not hard on the hands as wood ones can be, and you get more control with them, never played with anything better nor would I go back too wood again. Thanks for making the best drum sticks in the world,yours faithfully - Flenn Fryer, New Zealand

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I purchased an Ahead 14" Brass snare w/trick throw and case when they first came out. Saw it in Modern Drummer and ordered sight/sound unknown. First one in Albuquerque New Mexico, I was told. It was love at first sight/sound! I am obsessive about snares and currently own 63 so it is kind of hard to impress me, but this drum is great and at an excellent price point. Yesterday we played at an outside gig with a professional sound system. The owners of the system were blown away by this snare. After doing this for years they said this was the BEST snare sound they ever heard. After the gig they wrote down the information to check one out. They provide the drum set, but I always bring my own snare. The following Sunday, I used this snare for a Church Service at a very small church; very low volume and it sounded wonderful in that setting as well. Congratulations on producing this beautiful, great sounding drum at such a reasonable price.
- Marty


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Just started using ahead sticks after 20+ yrs of Vic Firth. All ways a bit cautious about non wood sticks
but wont look back now. Ahead sticks are class.  Milo - UK

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I own 2 pairs of sticks and they are great. The plastic taper replacements are a money saver.
Bradley Falk - Wisconsin

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Ahead drum sticks are amazing!! i just got a package of them and they are the greatest sticks i
have used! i will tell all my friends about ahead.
- Unknown

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I've been playing for 16 years, I love Ahead drumsticks and I feel very confident going on stage knowing that I have the comfort as well as the knowledge, of not breaking a stick in the middle of a song which is one of the worse situations in the past I have encountered... Now that I have used Ahead sticks for 8 years I will NEVER go back to wood again..thanks Ahead... and keep up the good work....
CHRIS CUBITT PEARL EXPORT PLAYERRRRRRR!!!! P.S I love the feel of your 5A sticks!

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Your sticks are awesome. I recently suffered from carpal tunnel and have permanently switched from wood sticks to Ahead sticks due to fact that wood sticks do not absorb any vibration while playing the kit while the Ahead do absorb the vibrations.
John Gray - Orlando, FL

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Smoking drum 6-14. Had to let you know how much I love the tone and feel of this drum.
Thanks Kip
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Ahead sticks are simply the best sticks out there. Before the switch my sticks where Vic Firth's Metal and Rock models. As a metal drummer I'd go through sticks in a matter of songs. Either broken or such a loss of wood they lost their balance, tone and feel. Ahead sleeves last about as long as wood sticks did, but most importantly Ahead sticks never loose their balance, feel, or tone. Further more with Ahead I don't feel the fatigue in my wrists and find I have better grip and have less sticks flying through the air. I cannot say enough positive things about Ahead Sticks, so save a tree and buy Ahead!

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For the Longest(18yrs) time I used a another brand of sticks, then I went to my local music store to buy more sticks? Thank god they were out of that brand!!! So I bought a pair of AHEAD stick 5b rock!! Lets just say it was the Best pair of sticks I've played? I will NEVER go back to WOOD sticks Again!! Playing AHEAD Sticks.. l can play for hours an hours NOW ..My hands Don't hurt anymore.. NOW I wont use another BRAND of sticks ! l also use grip tape and gloves!! My local music store cant keep enough tape and sticks in stock!!! They love it when I walk in!!!  John Leighty - Tucson, AZ

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I couldn't continue doing what I'm doing live or in the studio without your sticks. Everyday I'm grateful for your product. You guys have been very good to me and it means a lot. Thanks as always for all the continuing support.  Trey Gray/Brooks & Dunn

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There is only one thing I can say about these drum sticks. OH MY GOD!!! these drumsticks are as I referred to when I first used them "these sticks are the Ninjas of all drumsticks". I remember reading the awesome comments before I bought my sticks, and every one of them is true. Great sound, great feel and vary little shock on your hands. plus replaceable parts. I highly recommend these sticks to all drummers!   Drew Anderson - St.Peters, Mo

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Too many people write and complain about things in life so let me just assure you that this is not a complaint, far from it to be exact. I have just purchased the new Ahead Snare Drum and may I say that this is the best (without exception) snare drum that I have ever played or been lucky enough to own. The Snare is absolutely fantastic in every way and again trust Ahead to come up with the goods. I have used Ahead sticks ever since I can remember and when I was ready for purchasing my last Snare Drum I looked and tried everything from Tama Star classic through to DW and let me say "Nothing even comes close." The crack from this drum is awesome and even makes playing the snare even easier due to the rebound on the drum and the rim shots are out of this world. Thanks for making this fantastic drum.
Garry Cooper - South Yorkshire, England

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Hiya I bought a pair of Joey Jordison drum sticks about a year ago now and I have to say I will never go back to any other drum sticks. They are cheaper to up keep, very well balanced, and very well made. I would give anything to be endorsed by you guy's. Thanks.
Jason Sayers - London, Clapton, United Kingdom

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Hey guys just wanted to say that i love those ahead drumsticks. I have been using them for just about 7 years now and i have only broken 4 sticks EVER! Being a metallica fan and seeing the sticks and hearing what lars had said about them and also seeing that tommy lee took a liking, i thought i would give them a whirl. They are everything they are meant to be and more. From the stick tape to the sticks. lol but anywayz i found one sticks worthy of it and i wrapped a stick just to test it out and aside from learning how to get it on the stick and keep it there, the stuff is awesome!! You guys are doing an awesome job with them. All the other drummers can waste money buying wood sticks. I will invest my money and use ahead sticks. Period.  JJ Davis -  Westminister, CO

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Ahead drumsticks ROCK!!!!! I used to play with wood pro mark sticks and I kept breaking a pair every 5 days and now, I bought a pair of 5B and a Tommy Lee Silver Series drumsticks and I have better results than wood sticks. I am never going back to wood sticks again because compared to Ahead, they suck. I am glad I switched to Ahead drumsticks. Thanks for creating these cool drumsticks.
Alex Mercado - Streamwood, Il

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I PLAY DRUMS IN A HEAVY METAL BAND SO I LIKE TO PLAY FAST AND HARD. WHEN I USE VIC FIRTH OR ZILDJIAN, I SNAP THEM WITHIN TWO DAYS OF PRACTICE. WITH AHEAD DRUMSTICKS, I BOUGHT A PAIR ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND I'M STILL USING THEM LIKE BRAND NEW. AHEAD DRUMSTICKS IS BY FAR THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO DRUMSTICKS.
Chris Hodges - Des Moines, IO

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I have been playing the drums for the past 17 years, and I just switched over to ahead sticks about 2 years ago. I have never used a wooden stick since!   David Fernandez - Santa Clara, CA

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I have a pair of Ahead 5a drum sticks.  First off let me tell you I love these sticks,  They really reduce the vibration and are a lot easier on the hands than any wood stick I have ever used.  Chris Layne - Dayton, Ohio

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I would like to thank you for making such great quality of drum accessories.  About a year a go, I decided to buy your ahead drum sticks from the local Guitar Center.  I was so pleased with the quality of work and engineering put into the stick that I bought some for a friend.  He was as pleased as I was.  Since then, I have continued to buy as many drum accessories made by your company.  I really appreciate what you guys do. Thanks again.  Ricardo Soria - Covina, CA

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JUST WANT TOO SAY YOU GUYS MAKE THE BEST STICKS IN THE WORLD !5B ROCK ARE THE FINEST IN THE WORLD !MAYBE WHEN MY BAND BECOMES POPULAR YOU GUYS CAN HOOK ME UP WITH A SMALL ENDORSEMENT DEAL ?
THANKS YOU GUYS RAWK !  ROGER GONZALEZ - HIALEAH, FL

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I think there are the best sticks in the world. I have owned many pairs in the past years that I have been playing, and look forward to owning more. Brad Tilton - Sterling, KS

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I just recently ordered and received Drumming gloves and Peter Criss (concert) drumsticks and I would just like to say THEY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for making the Best sticks and gloves in the world!!!!!! Keep on rockin'.
Mark Swan - London, Ontario,Canada
    
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I bought one pair of the Joey Jordison signature sticks. Since I bought them, I will never play another type of stick again. Theses sticks are the best, most balanced stick I have ever played. Thank You.  Tim - Ballwin, MO

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I just wanted to let you know about how i feel about your products. firstly, i bought a pair of you joey jordison model sticks, and from the first time i played them, i was hooked.after playing those for about a year, i decided to try a new model, so i went with the matt mcdonough model sticks. these sticks are just as amazing as the joey pair, and i switch back and forth regularly between pairs when i play(the ball tips on matt's pair provide excellent cymbal clarity). when i purchased the matt mcdonough pair, i also purchased a pair of your drummers gloves which i found to be an excellent product. the way they grip the stick is awesome. i will recommend your products to every drummer i know, and i will buy your products and support your company.  Tim DeBoer - Ballwin, MO

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I just have to say your drumsticks are incredible because the feel is so good.    
Christopher Mihailovich - New York, NY

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Hey I love your product. in fact so much they are the only sitcks i really like to play. I also use your gloves as well as the stick tape. I would love to endorse your gloves sticks and tape.  Will Clark - Toledo, OH

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I just wanted to say, as a drum salesman, repair guy and pro drummer, thank you for having the coolest gear around!
Michael Harrison - Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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I purchased my Ahead Tommy Lee signatures about 8 months ago and i havent had to buy any other sticks since.
Thanks for making such a fine product.  Scott Mcleod - Ontario, Canada

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