Drummer, educator, and clinician Anthony Michelli was on hand at Winter NAMM 2017 to tell us about his new signature drumstick model from Vater Percussion: AM 595 Player’s Design drumsticks.
Just under a 5B model in size and weight (16″ long by .595″ in diameter), Michelli’s design principle focuses on versatility, an all-purpose stick suitable for various types of stylistic applications while ensuring the maximum bounce and balance throughout. Vater states that the acorn tip “accentuates the full and complex tonal frequency range inherent in both drums and cymbals.”
“The concept of this stick came to fruition over time as I found that slightly thinner sticks would eventually become less balanced as they would wear from usage,” Michelli says, “whereas the larger diameter ones often felt too weighty, potentially maxing out sound thresholds in certain situations. As a result, we developed what sounds, feels, and reacts like a refined instrument in and of itself with this unique AM 595 model.”