By Andy Doerschuk
Published March 15, 2011
I have to confess – I have no idea who invented the first stand-mounted stick holder, but that particular genius deserves a big, fat award, because of the number of times those simple devices saved my butt onstage. (Hidden in the last sentence is yet another confession – I drop my sticks every now and then.) And now the remarkable Vic Firth Company has introduced what may be the toniest model on the market. Fashioned of solid steel, the Vic Firth Stick Caddy features a single chamber designed to hold three pairs of 5A-style sticks (add or subtract from the number depending on whether yours are thicker or thinner than 5As). The bottom of the chamber includes a inner rubber insert to keep your tips protected, and the Caddy’s specially designed clamp includes lock washers to maintain a solid grip on all standard stands and tom legs. Suggested retail price? Only the best $35 you’ve ever spent.