Bamboo Drum Roots from China

Hello. A small continuation of the drum theme. For those who don’t know what drum ruts are: these are stick substitutes consisting of the nth number of thin rods. Ruts are used for a softer, quieter game than the game of chopsticks. The sound they give, of course, is completely different, with less attack and less depth, and in my opinion worse than sticks. I myself use the root to ensure that my neighborsthey didn’t kill, although, if it were possible, he would play exclusively with sticks. Briefly - bamboo rue with Aliexpress are more wear-resistant, more flexible and lighter than the "branded" wooden ones, and a little "doping" is desirable. Well, along the way, a small comparison with branded ruts.
Lyrical digression.
For more than 10 years I have not played drums, but approximatelya year ago he returned to the ranks of drummers. Some time after buying the drum kit, I realized that when you are over 35, the resistance to loud music and generally to noise decreases sharply. At the age of 20, it seems that you are able to endure the loudest music indefinitely, and easily spend several hours at the drums. And now all this is already annoying: so, after an hour of playing the drums, I feel a little stunned. Maybe, of course, over time I will get involved and get used to it, but a year has passed, and I'm not used to it. In general, my work is sedentary, quite quiet and calm, and a sharp transition from quiet to loud is perceived poorly. In addition, a loud sound annoys not only me, but also those around me. Some reduction in the volume level was achieved using the lightest sticks and reasonable (in terms of volume / sound quality) jamming of the drums, but still the sound volume was too high. Playing constantly with low dynamics, that is, with low impact force, and accordingly with a small amplitude of movement of the sticks, is quite difficult and even harmful (by “dynamics” in relation to the reels we mean the volume of the game). Therefore, I had to switch to root.
To avoid attacks by lovers of silence immediatelyI’ll say that even though my installation is in a residential building, I’m an adequate person, I don’t play in the evenings and nights, and in the morning I don’t wake the whole house, and in general I try not to create problems for those around me. In addition, there is a store beneath me, insulation made, etc. And the neighbors from above have terrorized me for several months with a puncher during a lengthy repair, so "get a fascist grenade."
Routes in catalogs of music stores aredifferent, both wooden and plastic, and from 7-9 rods are thicker, and from 19-30 rods are thinner. Routes from thicker rods are closer in sound and in response to blow to sticks, since they are harder than root from thinner twigs, and have a greater attack and rebound from the drum. But they, respectively, are louder than the root of thin rods. For information - there are also plastic ruts, and maybe they are more mechanically strong than wooden ones, but still I'm for wooden ones.
I didn’t have any experience playing the game, so Istopped at a sort of middle peasant by the ratio of the number and diameter of the rods, and bought a Vic Firth Rute 606. 19-rod birch drum rue weeks. Here is a photo of these root (from the store website):

I must say that the kind of root I bought wasrather depressing, much worse than in the photo. I had the opinion that these rues were not made at all at a company in the USA, as the shabby label said, but in some kind of basement. The twigs themselves, birch, as the description on the Muztorg website said, were made with high quality: perfectly round, well polished, that is, there were no complaints about the wooden part. But the handle of the root of the not very well-seated heat shrink, with a very poorly printed inscription "Vic Firth Rute 606" was not impressive at all. The root handle I later had to fry over a gas stove to heat shrink lay denser. Plus, the packaging was also in doubt - a clumsy sealed plastic bag without identification marks, with a crookedly pasted, small, shabby and poorly readable label. In addition, the heat shrink handle turned out to be very slippery, and this caused inconvenience when playing, especially in hot weather. Honestly, it was a shame that I paid for such a clumsy product. For example, good branded sticks for half the price of the root both look good, and are made with high quality, and are very convenient in the game, and do not suggest thoughts of basement production. But later I saw other branded ruts from other stores - they were all made in about the same way. No wonder I saw articles on the Internet on the manufacture of home-made root - all you need to do is take the right amount of twigs and compress them with heat shrink (the question is where to get quality wooden twigs?)
The sound when playing with ruts is really much quieterthe sound of the game with chopsticks, which I needed. But since I was just starting to play after a long break, in general, the root was contraindicated to me: the worst rebound than the sticks from the drums (that is, the worst reaction of the root to the blows) greatly complicated the game. But what to do, I alternated the rue with the chopsticks. The sound when playing with ruts was also much worse than the sound when playing with sticks, higher and crackling, without "meat", the sound of the plates was also not very. But I gradually got used to it, trained, understood the peculiarities of sound extraction by ruts, and soon ceased to perceive the game with ruts as inferior. On the contrary, I began to use the ruts very widely for learning the parties, practicing the exercises on the set, and with my chopsticks I played back the “completely” sorted and worked out material. But I couldn’t play some drum drawings with ruts.
For half a year of not very frequent classes I splitto a very deplorable state, two pairs of root. It wasn’t very pleasant to give almost a thousand each time and wait from a week to two, besides the routers I needed were not always available for order. And then one day I looked at Aliexpress, are there drum drums. To my surprise, the rues were there, and nameless with a price of up to $ 15, and even the "branded" Vic Firth 606 (but for some reason not birch, as offline, but bamboo!), Though at a price of as much as 2700-2800 rubles (interesting why)?
But I was already mentally prepared for a little experiment, and ordered a bamboo drum rue for 310 rubles (at that time).
Now about the bamboo ruts themselves with Aliexpress.
Ruts came to me in about three weeksafter the order, they were well packed, a package, a rather rigid box made of corrugated cardboard, and in it there are ruts. It seems there was still a little pimple, but I don’t remember what was in it.

The design of the root with Aliexpress is standard, likebranded ones: a set of bamboo round rods, a heat shrink handle, a rubber cap (but rather soft plastic) at the end of the handle, a piece of heat shrink on the end of the root for stiffening.

For some reason, two were attached to the rootrubber ringlet. Apparently, it was supposed to move these rings closer / further from the working end to change the rigidity of the root, and therefore, change the sound of the blow. But I had to remove these rings, because they interfered with me: I hit them on plates, which reduced the sound to nothing. It would be possible to adjust the rigidity of the root by moving a narrow piece of heat shrink, but in these routes it is impossible to move it, since an adhesive tape is wound around the bundle under it. I didn’t find the rings to take a picture.
On the working end of the root, the outer rods are removeda small chamfer to increase the contact area of ​​the root with the plastic of the drum upon impact, maybe so as not to damage the plastic with a sharp edge? For comparison, the Rute 606 does not have such a chamfer, and the sharp edge dulled itself during the game, and did not cause any harm to the drums. Maybe in this case, the Chinese are reinsured?
Compared to Rure 606, Bamboo RootsIt turned out to be a little easier (I felt there was nothing to weigh them on), but the strange thing is that although they are lighter, the sound of the blow is more “fleshy”, closer to the sticks. These ruts turned out to be more flexible than wooden ruts. It turned out that during the game the whole beam is springy, bent, and the faster you play, the stronger the beam bends, which was very inconvenient. Rute 606 bend significantly less. I did not expect this flexibility, I thought that bamboo is much tougher, but one thing is a bamboo fishing rod, and another thing is a turned bamboo "round". The rebound from the drums of these ruts is even less than that of the birch trees, I think, precisely due to the greater flexibility.
But I quite easily managed the orderreduce the flexibility of the root. The fact is that the heat shrinkage at the root was clearly weakened, it was very good to feel how the twigs move in it. By the way, this shrinkage in texture is completely different, not like it is sold in radio stores (and what shod on Rute 606), but some are rougher and less slippery than in the 606s. I warmed the heat shrink over the stove, and it sat much denser, which practically eliminated the bend of the root in the area of ​​the handle. The bend outside the handle, of course, remained, but it ceased to strain me, and the rebound improved slightly.
Another point: the rods in the Rute 606 are tightly bonded to each other with glue under the rubber cap. Roots with Aliexpress glue are either too weak or not at all: during the game, some internal twigs begin to crawl out of the beam, and they have to be driven back periodically. True, this does not bother me very much, since it does not happen very often.
Now about the durability and strength of the root. As a rule, the root does not suffer at all from blows to the plastics of the drums, and the end face of the root remains almost new, it is only a little dull and rounded. I didn’t suffer from rim shots (hitting both the plastic and the rim), from which the sticks take on characteristic damage (for example, I’m giving a photo of the sticks after a real game), maybe because it is simply impossible for them to perform a strong enough hit on the rim . The main wear of the root is “about iron”, that is, about plates, and especially about hat plates.

Abrasion resistance of bamboo was higherwear resistance of wood. If birch ruees were covered with notches after a couple of lessons, then bamboo rue practically did not suffer for a dozen lessons. Apparently, bamboo is more resistant to side impacts than a tree, it misses less and therefore lives longer. Well, bamboo has no knots, the structure of the material is homogeneous (there are no bamboo joints in the root rods), that is, the bamboo twig cannot break somewhere in a weakened place - there are simply no weak points. And my wooden twigs often broke so that at the break point there were obvious traces of a knot or proximity to a knot (in the bottom photo of Rute 606, heterogeneities are visible on the tree, dark veins are the places of possible breaks).
For comparison, I give photos of the working part (shoulder) of the Vic Firth root and the bamboo root with Aliexpress after about the same game time (well, maybe the wooden ones played a little more):





When I tried to set records in the heat of the momentthe speed of the game, I used to smear and hit the plates not with my shoulder (by analogy with sticks - the root does not have a shoulder), but with the butt of the root, while the edge of the plate entered between the bars. With such kosyachnyh impacts, wooden rue, as a rule, became thinner by a couple of twigs. A few "well-aimed hits" - and hello well-trodden road to the site of the music trade. Bamboo rue forgive such errors: well, maybe a couple of twigs will protrude somewhat, which will add to the sound of crackling, and nothing more. After some time, the twisted apart rods again more or less settle down in a bundle. I have not yet managed to break a single twig in bamboo rue, although there were enough clumsy blows when it seemed to me that the rue is a kayuk. Of course, professionals believe that sticks, ruts are considered consumables, and quite often you can see how at a concert or in solo the rods from the root during an intensive (dynamic) game scatter in different directions. But I am not a professional, and it is important for me that the sticks or ruts last longer.
The final conclusion is this: these ruts are quite suitable for use in the case when the game with sticks is too loud. Shrink shrinkage may be required, as well as non-glued twigs that may come out of the beam. It will be inconvenient for novice drummers to play with ruts due to a weak rebound, but this applies to any root. Of course, the main plus - the price is three times less than the "company". Although if you are ready from time to time to strangle the amphibian, then take the "company".
Also the sound extracted from the drums is devoid of its“Juiciness” (applies to any root), but if such a sound does not suit you, go to the base and “Soak, Shura, soak!”. For me, rooting is an opportunity to play at home, and from time to time I go to the base to “play powerfully”.
Well, everything seems to be. Not many people play ruts, but maybe someone about the Chinese ruts for less than $ 10 will be useful. Well, whoever is far from the drums, maybe something will add to the treasury of his knowledge.