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Definitely buy these over Vic Firth's Nova series
on 4 September 2017
Definitely glad I got another pair of these over the Vic Firth Nova Series. For a few extra pounds these are simply so much better.
What are the main differences? Well, the one that's most prominent is the feel in the hand. The Novas have a very silky, cheap type of feel. These feel well, more like wood than the Novas ever did, and the texture in the hand resembles higher quality wood more than the Novas and this ultimately leads to a better grip.
They feel better weighted and oddly somewhat lighter than the Novas I had too, which I for one am a fan of. Ultimately, the Novas are there for "B-grade Wood", and considering two pairs have broken on me in 7 months, one of these just in the past two weeks alone on my E-Drums leads me to question why it's not worth the upgrade.
Anyways, I haven't had these long enough yet to tell if they will last, but I will be sure to edit my review if they break in the not too-distant future. Based on my experience over the past couple of days though, I'd recommend these.