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    For a while i've been wanting to try different sticks but there is so many where to start. Currently i play with vic firth 2B nylon tip. I am willing to try other brands but am happy with how long vic firths last. I just bought a signature stick from promark and because i figured i like the drummers style and his playing so i thought give them a try but they are already chipping. I like to play rock and metal so what would you guys and gals suggest to try.
    Sabian!!!

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    I mostly use Vic Firth 5A or 5B Nylon tipped sticks. The reason I switched to nylon tips is I was chipping too many of the others. I've tried ProMarks and Vater sticks and have really liked them. On the other hand, I'm not a very hard hitter at all. Guess it just all depends on how you play and what you prefer as far as feel goes.

    All the regular sticks I have chipped, I either use them on a practice pad or they make excellent kindling for a fire.
    Stolen from EddieV:
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    I use Vater Chad Smith Funkblasters. I think they're pretty much 5A size & wood-tipped. I play punk & (I think) hit quite hard, but I've not broken one yet.
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    I play Vater 5B. They're pretty durable, and the tip doesn't chip very often.
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    Go into a music store and try out a whole bunch. That's the best way to find out what you'll like.
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    Pro Mark 747's nylon tipped. 16 1/4" long Japanese Oak. A little on the heavy side. I hit kinda hard and they still last forever.
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    Zildjian 5A Nylon Tip Dip Stick (rubber grip). Very durable and I never drop one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolvie56 View Post
    Pro Mark 747's nylon tipped. 16 1/4" long Japanese Oak. A little on the heavy side. I hit kinda hard and they still last forever.
    These sound most appealing to me out of them all so far keep them coming.
    Sabian!!!

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    Pro-Mark's Shira Kashi Oak sticks will outlast any other stick on the market ...hands down, especially when it comes to "Power Rim Shots" and those small cymbal edge cuts.
    I buy 6 pair of sticks per year and play 120 gigs per year and usually all 6 pair
    are still in decent playable shape but Im not playing Metal.
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    i recently switched to vicfirth ROCK wood tip, great sticks really nice tip on them

    seams to work for me

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    I play a lot of rock and metal, and my favourite sticks are the classic 5B with a nylon tip from either Vic Firth or Vater. They're reasonably durable, the right weight/length for me, and the nylon tip gives a nice sound on the cymbals.
    - Zack

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    Quote Originally Posted by itchie View Post
    i recently switched to vicfirth ROCK wood tip, great sticks really nice tip on them

    seams to work for me
    i used to use them actually but with nylon tip. i liked them until i got the classic ones which make me weary of ordering them online.
    Sabian!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolvie56 View Post
    Pro Mark 747's nylon tipped. 16 1/4" long Japanese Oak. A little on the heavy side. I hit kinda hard and they still last forever.
    I have a pair of these as well and I can vouch for their toughness. But ya, they are a little on the heavy side.
    Stolen from EddieV:
    Boom, ching, boom boom ching, fuggadugga fuggadugga fuggadugga crash. Rinse, Repeat ad-nauseum.

    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    Come on Mark. You steal copy. Just look at your signature.
    Quote Originally Posted by Texdrumr View Post
    Nothing says 'tough' like a drummer with ducklings on his drums. Ha!

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    I've been thinking about it for awhile and going to give the Zildjian Absolute Rock's a try. I'm a little hesitant because not sure I want to hit my cymbals with those.
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    If you have never used the Zildjian Dips before, be careful about blisters.

    I would also vote for the Pro Mark oak sticks as well.

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    Do you guys and gals even care about tip shape? Some sticks have a round shape, others have a barrel, oval or teardrop shape.

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    ya thats where the actual sound comes from I'm mixed between a teardrop and oval. round shape is more for concert snare.
    Sabian!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8beat View Post
    Do you guys and gals even care about tip shape? Some sticks have a round shape, others have a barrel, oval or teardrop shape.
    I really don't care to be honest. I use the shoulder mostly. I haven't been getting any volume out of my kit at least not the kind I want so I've been playing with butt ends and the difference is incredible. The 22" ride is really turned up now. I may as well get the Absolutes.

    Tip preference is oval though.
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    My favorite sticks are the ProMark Shira Kashi Oak 2B. These are really heavy sticks, and they come with either wood or nylon tips. I am a small person and not a heavy hitter, but there is something about the heft and feel of these sticks that I love. IF you like 2Bs anyway, try the ProMark oaks, and I think you'll like 'em. Alternately, the first stick I ever bought was the Shira Kashi 5B, which is a little less in diameter, but still has that very nice oak heft. I'd try both of these.

    Lastly, I have a pair of the ProMark 747 Neil Peart sticks already mentioned. These are oak also (hard to tell I like oak, huh?) but much thinner, but again, more weight than a similar hickory stick. I like these, too, but the thicker ones are more my 'style'.
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    Well, I guess I'll throw in my 0.2... I prefer my Vic Firth Dave Weckl sticks... the brick red ones. I've used them for years. Wood tipped, well balanced... the top is like a rounded square. I love them. I never get blisters, nor drop them.
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    I'm a big fan of Regal Tip nylons, 5A, Rock, JC. Need that smaller diameter(.58"-.53") but love the balance and stick coating.
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    I know that some of you use 2B's for drum set but, IMHO, a 2B stick is a concert stick. The neck is too shallow for much flexibility. If you are chewing up the neck, this might be part of the problem. I would use a 5B and stay with nylon if you are rough on the tips. I personally use wood tips but I don't play that hard. You might also look at maple which is actually harder than oak and lighter. All this depends on what kind of music you are playing and how you are hitting. More rim shots will chew up any kind of sticks. My $.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zickos View Post
    I know that some of you use 2B's for drum set but, IMHO, a 2B stick is a concert stick.

    Agreed. My opinion is also that 2B is too clunky for set use... but then again, I've got smaller hands. I always preferred a smaller stick for set. Helps me with variety, dynamics and control.
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    2014 Gretsch Catalina Club Classic 4pc Ocean Twilight Sparkle 8x12, 14x5.5, 14x14, 14x20

    1976 Ludwig Classic 6pc Black Diamond Pearl (Restoration in progress)

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    13" Symbolic Prototype Hand Hammered Jazz Hi Hats
    20" Earthworks Medium Crash/Ride
    15" Mist X Crash
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    i like 7a nylons. recently switched to novas. good quality and good price.

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    I have used 5B for most of my career. They make so many brands and models it is impossible to keep up with. Look at the racks of sticks at a guitar center. The prices are ridiculous for a single pair of sticks. I refuse to pay $7 or $8 for a pair of drum sticks.
    I have ordered bags of 5B sticks from eBay that were just as good and worked fine for me.
    On the bottom shelf of the stick bins at guitar center you can get 10 pair for a very reasonable price in different sizes and on sale sometimes. I just got a bag of 20 nice sticks for less than 2 pair of those boutique sticks.
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