Vater Percussion

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Vater Percussion
IndustryManufacturer of percussion sticks and mallets
Founded1956; 63 years ago (1956)
FounderClarence Vater
Number of locations
Holbrook, Massachusetts
OwnersRon and Alan Vater
WebsiteVater Percussion company web site

Vater Percussion is an American drumstick and percussion accessory manufacturing company. It was founded by Jack Adams, and is now run by his two grandsons Ron and Alan Vater Although the company began producing sticks in 1956, it did not officially become Vater Percussion until much later.


The first sticks made by Vater were made by Jack Adams and Ron and Alan's godfather Fred Michaeli in Jacks Drum Shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Jacks was one of the first shops to offer custom models, and began producing custom models for Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. In the early to mid-1980s what would become Vater began manufacturing drumsticks for Vic Firth percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. On 22 October 1988, Vater moved their factory to Holbrook, Massachusetts. Three years later the first Vater drumsticks were introduced at a Percussive Arts Society show.

Vater guarantees their sticks to be "straighter, more consistent and of higher quality than all other leading drumstick manufacturers". Vater sticks typically have a higher moisture content than other drumsticks, which is intended to create more durable drumsticks, though this does result in a slightly heavier stick.

Besides drum sticks, Vater also manufactures a variety of timpani mallets, marimba mallets, vibraphone mallets, brushes, specialty sticks, silence mutes, stick bags, drink holders and other accessories.

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