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Maxonix StickARK

Review by Sean Mitchell // December 17 2014
Maxonix StickARK

Who would have thought that a weightless piece of foam would have such a big impact on your drumming? As it turns out, Maxonix, the masterminds behind the StickARK™, thought it so. 

The StickARK is literally an arc-shaped stick holder made of foam that fits to most sizes of kick drum. The great thing about this handy little devil is that it can be removed and reapplied with no sticky tabs or danger to your drum's finish. It can be formed to fit on top or down the side of kick drums sized 18" to 24" (8-10 lug) as well as 26" kicks (10 lug). 

For drummers who like the convenience of having sticks at the ready on your kick, the StickARK solves the problem of sticks rattling atop of your kick, or having one falling off your kick drum and under your kick pedal—a total nightmare! It also allows you to have multiple utensils ready for a quick change if the song you are playing requires you to change from sticks to brushes, rutes or mallets. 

Maxonix StickARK

I tested it out with a brush, rute, 5A stick and a marching stick. They all fit very snug into the StickARK and would not move even with some serious groove happening. 

My only hesitation would be if you tried to secure all marching sized sticks on the device. The weight and size of the stick seemed to be a bit much for the StickARK to guarantee that the sticks would not fall if you have a heavy foot. I used Ralph Hardimon's (SRH) series, which are .710 in diameter (big stick) so this is not your average sized drum set stick to begin with. 

With an asking price of $12.95 US ($19.95 international), free shipping included, the StickARK struck me as incredibly useful and something a drummer should seriously consider if they like having sticks/brushes/rutes/mallets on top of the kick. 







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About the Author
Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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