Freer Percussion products are well known around the world for being the most unique and creative designs, materials and covering techniques. It’s our goals to have FP remain first in its class and a clear leader in the orchestral percussion market.
The new SMN-BT Medium Orchestral Black Hornwood sticks with black nylon tips are the same stick as my medium orchestral model, but are enhanced with the addition of the black nylon tip. The black nylon tip does two things. It gives you a little added articulation in soft playing and the shoulder that is attached to the tip also aids in the feel and rebound of the stick. So it’s not just your average nylon tip that is molded on to a wood nub on the end like other companies do, it’s actually a very precisely CNC machined tip with a shoulder that serves a purpose and creates a unique sound and feel.
As we all learn over the years playing day to day in an orchestra, it’s inevitably the cumulative effect of musical insights and details, combined with the quality of your personal gear that defines your sound and makes all the difference. These new sticks do just that and have instantly become a new favorite for a LOT of customers.
Classic signature Freer shape with slight taper in back and round ball bead. Ultra select hickory, precision matched, pitched and weighed. All around general stick perfect for anything and my daily "go to" stick in the Cleveland Orchestra. Effortless to roll with and perfect size bead to enable a super wide dynamic range.
New this year is a hybrid snare stick which consists of a hollow carbon fiber tube for the center portion of the stick, joined with a hornwood™ front shoulder and butt end, and a black nylon tip. Shorter and slightly lighter than SDH1, with a black nylon tip that is 50% smaller. Extremely articulate with incredibly enhanced rebound characteristics.
The Hornwood™ light orchestral retains it’s shape from the tip back however I have deliberately chosen to eliminate the taper in the back. This increases the back weight feel of the stick just enough to help it rebound quicker which you can really feel in playing doubles such as 4 stroke ruffs in Lt. Kije and 7’s in Scheherezade. By making this model out of Hornwood™ I’m also able to increase the weight of the stick without increasing size and bulk. Our Hornwood™ is very dense and hard and adds a couple grams of weight as well. The feel is something like rosewood or ebony but without the excessive vibration and low pitch that come with those woods. It is also extremely durable and will likely last you a lifetime if cared for properly. I feel this is the absolute best version of this stick I have come up with to date. Really a perfect stick for ANY soft playing that requires clarity
The new medium orchestral stick was conceived and designed to be an in between model to bridge the gap between my general orchestral and light orchestral. The length is right in between and so is the weight and tip of the stick. The shoulder is elongated just enough that the response feels good at any dynamic. Our Hornwood™ is very dense and hard and adds a couple grams of weight as well. The feel is something like rosewood or ebony but without the excessive vibration and low pitch that come with those woods. It is also extremely durable and will likely last you a lifetime if cared for properly. This makes it a perfect stick for Delecluse etudes and other concert style etudes where you have extremes of dynamics and articulation. Excellent choice for many excerpts too such as Capriccio Espagnol and Nielsen Clarinet Concerto for example.