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Vic Firth Unveils New HingeStix® Practice Drumsticks

Boston, MA January 2013 – Vic Firth Company, the world's largest and leading manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets, is proud to announce the new HingeStix® Practice Drumsticks!

Designed as a learning tool by drummer, percussionist, clinician and author, Sam Ruttenberg, HingeStix® force drummers to hold their drumsticks correctly. Adjustable plastic swivel pads position the thumb, index finger and middle finger for the perfect fulcrum. The exact balance point is achieved every time the player picks up these sticks. Additionally, the player will develop proper finger technique and learn to feel the natural rebound of the drumstick. This all results in a smooth and relaxed approach to playing with no fear of hand fatigue. Holding the sticks incorrectly is impossible with the unique design of the HingeStix® Practice Drumsticks!

HingeStix® are offered in two of the world's most popular models: American ® SD1 and American ® 5A. For each model, two plastic swivel pads unscrew and can be adjusted to a secondary hole location. This allows the player to choose the balance point that best suits the size of their hand.

"Establishing a correct grip with beginning students is surely one of the biggest challenges for teachers," states Neil Larrivee, Director of Education and Product Development for Vic Firth Co. "A device that ensures the student is setting their grip correctly each and every time is a huge plus! A player starting with the correct grip will excel at a much faster rate and with much more enjoyment. HingeStix® are the perfect choice to get it right from the start!"

"Even professionals can use work on their grip," adds Sam Ruttenberg, creator of HingeStix®. "Many can be guilty of holding the sticks so tightly that fatigue sets in. These practice sticks create an experience where your playing becomes much smoother. When you go back to your standard sticks, you will see how much more efficient and proficient your playing will be!"

#SD1HS; L = 16 3⁄8″, Dia. = .635″; MSRP = $29.99

#5AHS; L = 16″, Dia. = .565″; MSRP = $29.99

For more information, please contact Vic Firth Co. at www.vicfirth.com; phone: 617-364-6869; fax: 617-364-2571