Add another piece of gear to the pile of “neat little gizmos made out of things that come for free as packing in your Amazon shipment.” Maxonix, the company that brought you the Zero-G Antigravity Drumstick Holder, now bring you the next innovation in making drumsticks readily grabbable after you fuck up a fill and your shit goes flying.
This fine new product is the StickArk, which was thought lost until a dashing archeologist/adventurer won it back from the Germans in the 1930s. I’ve heard some faces were melted in the process but it’s all top secret.
The basic idea is that you really don’t want to be resting your sticks right on the kick drum. The tend to fall off if you rock too hard, and you could be scratching up that sweet satin oil finish. So why not protect the drum with foam that holds the sticks exactly where you want them. Those grooves on the ends are there to line up with the tension rods: you slide it under them and everything stays secure.
I’d have to try one in person to see how convenient it is in practice, but the theory seems sound. Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) has used one, and Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Serpents Rise) says “The StickARK works great!” And they only cost ten bucks. So maybe I’ll give one a test run at some point in the future.