Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stock Pad – Review

I bought this practice pad 4 months ago and its time for a little review of it. I like this pad pretty well. I LOVE Vic Firth, so naturally I enjoy using their drum pad. Vic Firth was also the brand of the first drum pad I ever owned (a little 6″ grey pad”) and so it just makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stockpad! Looks good!

This isn’t my favorite pad. I have 12 practice pads. I rank this pad #6. So right in the middle.

I’ll start with the things I like about it:

The Good:

  • My favorite thing about this pad is that its PURPLE. Yep, it’s purple. It really doesn’t look purple in the product photos online, and it doesn’t look purple in the photo I took of it. It appears to be a brownish/mahogany color. I was pleasantly surprised when I unboxed this drum pad and saw that it was actually purple. 🤩 If you watch the video you can see more of the purple color.
  • The pad is nice and thin and light. I like that. Too many pads these days are like quadruple stacked hamburgers. Just a nice, simple, thin practice pad. I appreciate that.
  • I like the shape of the pad, how there is a little bit of wooden base at the top to act as a little carrying handle.
  • The tapping sound is nice (check out my Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stock Pad video)
  • The pad is medium-high bouncy, and helps me focus on my rebound control.
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The base is pretty thin and the material on each side is very thin.

The Bad:

  • There’s nothing really bad about this pad. Its nice to look at, easy to carry from room to room (although it would definitely not fit in my backpack) and its got a normal, expected gum rubber feel.
  • The feel is a little too bouncy for my taste, so its not an every day use pad for me.

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