Wire vs. Nylon Brushes

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Wire or nylon brushes

 

Brushes are generally associated with Jazz drumming.  They are also used in many other genera including Latin.  They are made of a series of wires or plastic joined to a handle. By dragging, tapping and flicking the skins and cymbals they produce a unique sound.

 

Pro and cons of wire vs nylon

 

 

Wire tend to get bent easier – Plastic tend to spring back to shape

 

Wire are louder and brighter sounding, this is very obvious on cymbals

 

Wire tend to need to ‘bed-in’ more than plastic brushes although some manufactures make wire brushes which have bent ends to help this process

 

Plastic are probably easier to use as they can be very springy

 

Wire brushes will last longer if looked after

 

 

 

Manufacturers

 

Vic Firth, Pro-mark, Zildjian, Regal Tip, Stagg, Shaw

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