Pellwood Drumsticks have been my go-to brand for drumsticks for the past 5 or 6 years. Whenever I have mentioned the brand to a student or friend, they've always asked about the quality of the products that Pellwood provide. So, I thought i'd take the time to write a review of my thoughts and experiences with the Pellwood brand and their various products I have tested over the years - Just to note, I have not been paid to review any Pellwood products nor have they even asked me to write this.
During my first year of university, I first stumbled upon Pellwood Drumsticks' website. To be honest, I was searching for companies to get involved with hoping to get some sort of endorsement deals using at-the-time upcoming band 'The Grade' as my selling point - Basically, I was looking for some freebies! (I clearly hadn't got any idea on how endorsements worked - I was in a band with hardly any following or material released, why would ANY company endorse me?!).
I contacted Darren Noden at Pellwood who runs their UK set up and agreed to buy a pack of their B-line 5A sticks. At the time, I was and always had been a Vic Firth player - although I'd tried many of other brands, just never been swept off my feet by their products. After using VF for so long and favoring them so much, I had high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the quality of this brand's sticks were so near if not equal to that of other leading brands. The best part about it was instead of paying £11.00/£12.00 per pair which I had previously been paying, I was paying £3.00/£4.00 per pair! (Prices have increased slightly since) - Which for the tiny difference in quality, I was more than happy to live with. Oh, and what I later found out, they seem to last forever! They tend to wear away from countless rim shots (which I'm guilty of) but still, they never actually snap.
Since I started using Pellwood Drumsticks I've never had the urge to try out any other brand. Occasionally, to give myself a little variation I like to try out new sizes - My favorites so far are definitely the X-Line 5D model (which is ever so slightly thinner than a 5A and has a ball tip) and the X-Line Jazz Model (Which is basically a 5A long).
The only downside I have experienced with Pellwood Drumsticks is due to the companies size, or lack of it, I am yet to find them in shops across the UK, which for me isn't too much of an issue as over the years I have become good friends with Darren. For others however, I can see this getting in the way of making a purchase. If Pellwood could get into music shops across the UK, their exposure and demand could be huge! I wouldn't even mind paying a couple of extra quid per pair.