NAMM 2013

The 2013 NAMM Show was another successful one for Vater! At the show, the New 5A Stretch, 7A Stretch, Whip Brush and Splashstick Rock were all officially introduced. The booth was packed all 4 days of the show with people coming by to check out the entire Vater Product line, picking up a copy the new 2013 catalog and checking out the new stick offerings. TONS of Vater Artists came by to show their love and support and to fill us in on what they have coming up in the new year. Our after show adventures were filled with hanging with friends and Vater Artists and catching some of the live performances that included some by Vater Artists Jen Lowe (who fronted her own band) Chris Dave and Drumheadz at the Sabain Live Party and much more. 


3 Part video series of our footage from the NAMM Show 2013 Floor 




Here's some pictures of some of the action at the Vater booth! 


New 5A Stretch and 7A Stretch making their debut on the booth wall!  


Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins] meets Chris Dave [D'Angelo/Maxwell]  
Cyrus Bolooki [New Found Glory]  
  Brann Dailor [Mastodon] always excited to see his Vater 5B's!
Benny Cancino, Andrew Cook [A Rocket to the Moon], Aaron Montgomery [Trapt] and
Ryan Carman [Rocco Deluca and the Burden]  
  2 thumbs up from Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins] and Brad Davis [Adventure Drums]
All visiting the Vater Booth at the same time were, Left to right: Jacqueline Cassell,
Jessica Goodwin [Diamonds Under Fire], Brad Davis [Adventure Drums] Dusty Watson [Dick Dale],
Branden Steineckert [Rancid], Cyrus Bolooki [New Found Glory], Jay Weinberg, 
Christian Poezach [Cirque du Soleil-Alegria], Eric Leiderman [Pearl Aday],
Kate Shellenbach [Luscious Jackson] and Didi Negron [Cirque du Soleil-Amaluna]
  Chaun Horton and Quinton Robinson catch up
  Didi Negron of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna Show
  Evan Stone, John Cowsill [The Beach Boys], Xavier Muriel [Buckcherry], Erick Slick [Dr. Dog],
Nate Walker [Lit] and Ed Udhus [Zebrahead] 
  Jessica Goodwin [Diamonds Under Fire] with her Vater 5B's!
  Graham Hawthorne [David Byrne]
  Ilan Rubin [Paramore]
  Jen Lowe, Jeffrey Jones, Nick Oshiro [Blue Man Group] and Paul Bostaph
  Jeremy Stacey [Noel Galllagher's Flying Birds/Tom Jones]
  Kofi Baker, Jay Weinberg and Rancid's Branden Steineckert
Chris Korzin and Phil Ehart [Kansas]  
Mike Fuentes of Pierce The Veil  
Who's more shocked to be with the other one???  Mike Johnston [
with Brad Davis [Adventure Drums]
Mike Johnston [] with Serge Lysak [The Drum Lab]  
Miles McPherson [Kelly Clarkson, Isaias Gil and Sammy Balfour jacked with excitement!  
  Mona Tavakoli [Jason Mraz], Greg Clark Jr., Quinton Robinson and Manny Dominick
  Scott Pellegrom
  Scott Travis of Judas Priest
  Kate Shellenbach [Luscious Jackson]
  Sinbad and Fred Dinkins
Smitty Smith and Gorden Campbell 

Posted by Chad on Friday, February 22, 2013 11:22 PM

Los Angeles Drum Services

While in California for the 2012 NAMM Show, we popped over to see our good friends at Los Angeles Drum Services. We thought we'd film a quick feature about them to show you what they're all about and give you an inside look into a different and cool side of the drum biz. While there, we ran into Vater Artists Brian Frasier-Moore (Madonna) and Chaun Horton (Natasha Bedingfield/Toni Braxton) who were "working" in the custom hardware shop!

Chris Achzet and Bobby Boos have a combined 50 years in the professional drumming area of the music business. It is this knowledge and skill level that open the door for all the services that LADS provide, From the musician just starting his professional career to music veterans, LADS can handle all your drumming needs. If you can think of a service that could benefit a professional drummer, more than likely LADS provides it.

For more info, visit: or call: (800) 686-3096

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:09 PM

NAMM Artist Signing Schedule

Vater Artist Signings Confirmed for the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA Include:

Friday January 20th
12:00 PM
Steven Adler (Adler's Appetite/Guns N' Roses)

1-1:45 PM

Bennie Rogers (Mariah Carey)
Tony Escapa (Ricky Martin)
Robin Diaz (Daughtry)
Manny Dominick (Travie McCoy/Chester French)
Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)

Saturday January 21st
1-1:45 PM

Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned/Howard Stern Show)
Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In/Sparta)
Jay Lane (Primus)
Mike Byrne (Smashing Pumpkins)
Come on by Vater Booth # 3072 in Hall D to check out all the new Vater Products for 2012, grab a copy of the new Vater Catalog and meet some of your favorite Vater never know who you'll run into at the Vater booth!


Posted by Chad on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:31 AM

16 New Vater Products for 2012!


You’ll definitely want to add these to your stick bag! The StickMate Tambourine and Shaker models slide right on to your stick, brushes and mallets to give you added sound effects while playing, They’re made of lightweight polymer and the low profile won’t interfere with your playing. There’s a cut out in the handle for your thumb to rest in and contact the stick. You can easily put it on and take it off, or tape it on to the grip for extended usage. Patent Pending. StickMate Shaker: VSMS /  StickMate Tambourine: VSMT



Fusion Acorn VHFAW

  A new tip on an iconic stick...The Fusion Acorn is the same design as the classic Vater Fusion but with an acorn tip for a warmer cymbal and drum tone.  

L 16"   40.64 cm

D .580"   1.47 cm


BeBop Series

The new BeBop series are smaller grip sized models that are perfect for lower volume or Jazz settings. All three models feature the same profile and tip. The 500 and 525 models come in under a 7A in the grip. The quick taper produces a fast rebound with a small tip size for a clean ride cymbal tone. All three models available in Hickory and Maple. Maple will offer even more of a lighter touch and slightly warmer cymbal tone.

BeBop 500 Hickory: VHBB500 / Maple: VSMBB500

L 16" 40.64cm

D .500" 1.27cm


BeBop 525 Hickory: VHBB525 / Maple: VSMBB525

L 16" 40.64cm

D .525" 1.33cm


BeBop 550  Hickory: VHBB550 / Maple: VSMBB550

L 16" 40.64cm

D .550" 1.39cm



Sugar Maple Phat Ride VSMPTRW

Vater’s popular Phat Ride model is now offered in a Sugar Maple version. Same dimensions as the Hickory model, but made from Sugar Maple for a lighter weight and softer touch. Quick taper to a medium-sized round tip produces a clean sound on ride cymbals. A very versatile stick.


L 16"  40.64cm

D .580"  1.47cm



Two New Sizzle Mallets

 Sizzle Fusion VSZLF

The classic Fusion, with a hard felt mallet head on the end. The smaller mallet head design won't interfere with your grip or playing. Round stick tip for bright cymbal tones.

Sizzle Fusion Acorn VSZLFA

Fusion Acorn model stick with a hard felt mallet head on the end. The smaller mallet head design won't intefere with your grip or playing. Acorn stick tip shape for a warmed and broad cymbal sound.


 Splashstick Models Get a New Edge

Vater has updated all Splashstick models to now feature angled edges on the dowel ends for a better feel, rebound and fuller sound.



New Rubber Xylo and Bell Mallets

Designed for indoor, out-door, or concert settings. The shape of the mallet head is designed for optimum sound throughout the overtone series.All feature Rattan Handles.



The soft creates a warm sound that is great for ambiance or soft passages in the music. A great mallet to use in legato passages, allowing the mallets to blend with the rest of the ensemble. It allows the tone of the instrument to speak without being lost. It is a great way to add the sound without the strong attack.


The medium mallet creates a full sound and is a great blend of attack and tone. The length of the mallet allows you to have the versatility to choke up or to hold the mallets further back for more leverage 


The hard mallets offer a clear and full sound with strong attack to the instrument without the sound sticking out of the blend of the ensemble.



Multi Tenor Mallet: MV-T2XL


Large 1 ½" lexan disk. The larger hard disk allows the mallet to rebound from drum head to drum head quickly without contacting the rims. Great for articulating scrapes, sweeps and windmills.





All of these New Products will make their debut at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 19, 2012 but you can start requesting them at your local store today! If you're attending the NAMM Show, please visit the Vater Percusion Booth in Hall D #3076

Posted by Chad on Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:51 PM

NAMM day 3


Saturday at NAMM was the busiest day yet. Tons of artists and fans swinging by to say hi, check out the new models, and chat sticks with us.


Mike Mitchell 
 Mike Clemons and Spanky greet some fans.
The booth was bustling when we had Spanky, Brian Frasier-Moore, Mike Johnston, and Chris Pennie all together for a signing. 
Chad Brandolini (Vater A&R) and Robin Diaz (Daughtry)

Dave Buckner, Chad Cunningham (Vater) and Allan Pahanish Jr. 

Scott Travis (Judas Priest) dropped in to check out who was on the cover of the new catalog
John Cowsill (the Beach Boys)
Alan Vater and Virgil Donati
Chris McHugh (Keith Urban) came by to check out his new signature stick we debuted at NAMM! 
Aaron Montgomery (Trapt) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) had a friendly discussion about the Patriots/Jets/whatever. 
Later, we had Mika Fineo (Filter) and Brian Tichy do a signing too!
Hannah Ford
Pete Merriweather, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Ken Murphy!
Atom Willard (Angels And Airwaves) and Vater's Chad Brandolini
Kofi Baker
Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Jay Lane (Primus), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Garin Rosen (Arsonists Get All The Girls)
Didi Negron!
Cora Coleman-Dunham with her signature sticks and sweet shades.
NAMM 2011 was one for the books.  We had a killer time meeting everyone and talking about our new products for this year, and catching up with all of the members of the Vater artist family.
Keep it rock!

Categories: Products | Artists | NAMM
Posted by Dan on Friday, January 28, 2011 4:22 AM

NAMM day 2

Friday was nuts at NAMM. We had Steven Adler sign for fans at noon, and artists coming by nonstop. Lots of fun was had. Check the photos!


Derek Roddy could not contain his excitement.
Patrick Keeler (the Raconteurs) picked up a Vintage Bomber

fans lined up for over an hour to see Steven Adler 
Steven and Vater's own Bill Morgan
Mika Fineo (Filter) swung in before his signing on Saturday
Alan Vater and Fred Dinkins
Anthony Michelli and Vater's Chad Brandolini
Darius Fentress
Eliott Jacobson (Ingrid Michaelson) and Justin Glasco (Kate Vogel)
Mario Calire (Ozomatli) was pumped to get on the booth wall.  He stayed there for quite a while.
Nate Walker (Lit) and Chad B!
Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
Andrew Cook (A Rocket to the Moon) and Ryan Yerdon (Puddle of Mudd) hung out for a while and talked about how Portland, Oregon could have just has easily been Boston, Oregon. Weird.
David Silveria and Chris Pennie
Brian Frasier-Moore really loves his signature sticks. No, REALLY loves them. You will too.
Ilan Rubin (The New Regime/Nine Inch Nails)
Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and the New Breed) checking out his new signature stick. 
Serge Lysack (The Drum Lab) and Mike Johnston ( are stoked to be part of the Vater family, and were nice enough to let Mario stay on the wall for this photo ;)
That's it from Day 2 of NAMM. More photos to come from Day 3! 

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:22 AM

NAMM Day 1

Our first day at NAMM was action packed! here are a few shots from the day: 

fans line up for Chad Smith's signing at the booth

Vater's Chad Cunningham is impressed with the turnout.

Vater artist Alberto Vargas checking out some Recordings.

Chris Johnson (Rihanna) and Chaun Horton (Natasha Bedingfield/Macy Gray) dropped by to chat for a bit.

Mike Johnston hung out and chatted with friends about the 2451, his new signature stick.

Artists Dave Chiverton, Nick Smith, and Q. Robinson.

Felix "D-Kat" Pollard and Dave Chiverton.


Today, we've got Steven Adler coming in for a signing and more artists stopping by to talk wood.  Stay tuned for more updates! 

Posted by Chad on Friday, January 14, 2011 5:05 PM

Artist Signings at NAMM Show

Come on by Vater's booth at the 2011 NAMM Show January 13-16th in Anaheim, CA. Vater is booth #3072 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.

We will be introducing several new products for 2011, and also a brand new Vater catalog.

Vater Artists that are scheduled to appear for autograph signings at the Vater booth are:

Thursday January 13th 1PM

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)


Friday January 14th 1-2PM

Steven Adler (Legendary Guns N' Roses/Adler's Apppetite Drummer)


Saturday January 15th 12-1PM

Big Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)

Brian Frasier Moore (Janet Jackson/Madonna/Christina Aguilera)

George "Spanky" McCurdy (Lady Gaga)

Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria)

Mike Johnston ( 


Saturday January 15th 3-4PM

Mika Fineo (Filter)

Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) 


You'll be able to catch many other Vater Artists dropping by the Booth including: Chris Dave (Maxwell), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), David Silveria, Robin Diaz (Daughtry), Mario Calire (Ozomatli), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Aaron Montgomery (Trapt), Nate Walker (Lit), Ed Udhus (Zebrahead), Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Bennie Rodgers (Mariah Carey), Manny Dominick (Chester French), Nisan Stewart (Diddy/Jamie Fox), Gorden Campbell (Jessica Simpson) and many more! You never know who you may bump into at the Vater booth.

*Keep checking the Vater Facebook and Twitter pages as we'll be posting pictures and updates from the show floor!


Posted by Chad on Thursday, January 06, 2011 10:58 PM

Mike Johnston 2451 Videos

Vater Artist and Educator Mike Johnston sent us this video that breaks down all the specs of his new Vater 2451 stick models. Mike also answers a very common question: "What's the difference in Hickory and Maple drumsticks?"

Be sure to also check out the other 2 videos below explaining the 2451 models and the inspiration behind the stick name.

2451 Specs and Hickory vs. Maple Video:

2451 Video Part 1:

2451 Video Part 2:

Ask for the Vater Mike Johnston 2451 models and Mike's Speed Chart Posters at your local store today!



Posted by Chad on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 7:30 PM
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