Hello fellow drummers! Thanks for joining us for our first podcast all about drum gear.
On today’s episode, we will be talking to Don Kulcsar and Matt Schallmo from Stick Twirl.
Don, Matt, Rich and Kevin get right into the show with lots of topics that will really give you great insight into this new product. Drummers I Like has had a chance to play around with some of the 3-D printed prototypes so we have some questions and feedback that we think drummers would definitely want to have a clear understanding of.
Most importantly, Don and Matt are really great musicians and people. So it was a pleasure to chat with them about their exciting product.
Don Kulcsar is the owner/founder and Matt Schallmo is the V.P. of Marketing and P.R. for Stick Twirl.
2:00 – 3:35: Don starts things off by telling us a little about his history as a drummer and some of his early drumming projects in the South Florida area, then into how drums were put on hold while he raised two daughters. At a later stage in his life, he was re-introduced to drums through his church. He makes an important point that even if you have to put drumming down for a while the desire stays with us.
3:36 – 5:00: In this section, Don talks about where his idea for the product was born from. Don first thought of attaching perpendicular rings on a drumstick to aid him in learning the Moller technique. It was almost an afterthought to also be able to use the device for incorporating stick tricks.
5:00 – 6:30: Here everyone jokes a bit about some of the masters of our craft and how they make the drumstick seem as if it’s an extension of their body. Don points out the fact that you can learn all the traditional stick tricks without a Stick Twirl. However, there are things that you just won’t be able to do without their innovative product. Don also tells a cool story of how a bandmate’s wife was mesmerized by how he was able to flip his drumstick while playing a gig with his cover band.
6:30 – 7:30 Don mentions that another benefit of the Stick Twirl is when playing long sets or shows. It allows you to be able to relax your fulcrum a bit so you can stay loose and limber through the performance. He also tells us that the color for the production models will be a natural wood color. With that in mind, the product will be very difficult to notice when attached to the drumstick.
7:30 – 10:00: This spot is when Don gets into the controversial aspect of his product starting out with a neat experience with Jared Falk from Drumeo. Jared’s feedback was great but there was a small percentage of people that saw this product as a way of cheating or maybe like a performance enhancing device! More importantly, he talks about the great response they’ve received from many drummers out there. From there, Don makes some good points about having to get a feel for the Stick Twirl.
10:00 – 11:00: In our next section Kevin brings up that Don and Matt have joined NAMM and we talk about them being at the summer show in Nashville, Tennessee. We also touch a little on that show plus the upcoming winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
11:00 – 13:00: Here Kevin talks about his first impressions when he heard about the product. Like Don pointed out earlier, the Stick Twirl can be a great fulcrum aid. But in Kevin’s case, he talks about how it can be helpful for developing skill with the french grip.
13:00 – 14:00: Now Don brings up the great point that this product could definitely help drummers with hand disabilities or fatigue. Even carpel tunnel is mentioned and we think it’s a great topic to get into.
14:00 – 18:00: This spot has Matt and Don talking a bit about some of the support they have from the drum manufacturers and professional drummers out there. Guys like Billy Thunder with Tim McGraw and manufacturers like Pro-Mark drumsticks are all giving great feedback.
18:00 – 20:00: Now Rich gave us some insight into his thoughts on the Stick Twirl. He brings up the fact that his two-year-old son, Everett, loves to play the sticks that dad has put them on. We could see where that could be a good aid for small hands to learn where the fulcrum of the stick is. Rich also talks about how they’ve helped with his push-pull technique on the hi-hat.
20:00 – 22:00: Don talks more about Stick Twirl’s versatility. He also mentions that there is some great interest from drum corps to incorporate their product to great effect. Both for showmanship and as an aid to keep from dropping a stick. Matt mentions there is already educators looking for their product from distributors to use in their school marching bands.
22:00 – 25:00: Moving on to our next topic Don talks about when we can expect to see their product in drummers hands. As well as where we can expect to purchase them and plans to have Stick Twirl in most major retail chains by Christmas.
25:00 – 28:00: Kevin brings up a little more about playing with the Stick Twirl and how his jam with Brendan went that night. More importantly how much better Brendan was than Kevin at getting the feel of flipping the stick down pat.
28:00 – 30:00: Don gets into the specifics about how the product will fit and a little bit about the blend of polymer that they use. He also mentions their lifetime guarantee.
30:00 – 33:00: Matt starts a discussion on the longevity and durability of the Stick Twirl.
33:00 – 35:00: In this spot, Rich mentions an issue that he was having when twirling the stick. Don and Matt provide a quick response to his concern and with a small adjustment, Rich shouldn’t have any more issues. They also speak about a way to size the product to custom fit it to your ring size if needed.
35:00 – 46:20: In the closing segment of the show we discuss a little more on technique using the Stick Twirl and Don and Matt tell us more about some of the endorsed artists that they are working with. As well as all the ways to find them through their website and through social media.
So that wraps up our first show featuring a great piece of new drum gear. Don and Matt were wonderful guests and we can’t wait to check out the molded models and catch up with them at winter NAMM to see what kind of response they are getting. As always we ask you to visit their website as well as their social media sites to keep up to date and check out a product that will be around our community for a long time to come. Don’t forget to stop by on Itunes and leave us a review. Let us know if you like our show on gear and what type of products you would like to know more about. Till our next show.
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