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    I go through my sticks pretty quickly. It's not so much that I have a terrible technique, it's mainly because I like to hit the hard parts of my kit. I like the sound of rimshots and I like to hit my cymbals on the edge every now and again.

    I haven't really had the time or cash to invest in some new sticks over the last few weeks, so I just taped the crap out of some that where split, and they're almost as good as new - just slightly less responsive and a little heavier.

    The thing is, a stick that's been broken and then covered in tape, tends to last me longer then a new stick. So I was wondering, does anybody tape their sticks before they break - so that they don't break? Or would it be a waste of time...

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    When I was strapped for cash, I would do this on my "solo" practice sticks, as generally they got the most use anyway, and kept seperate sets for band practice, and gigs.

    I would use medical/sports tape, and do like 1-2 layers. They kinda got gunky after awhile, and sometimes gunked the rims/cymbold, but nothing too bad to clean up.

    Like you Im kinda a big fan of playing the rims.

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    I used gaffer tape around the shanks years ago. It certainly worked for me at the time!
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    The problem is the sticky blotches it leaves on the heads and cymbals
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    I never tape my sticks. It makes them unbalanced and I always feel it. I rarely break drumsticks, even when I play extremely hard.
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    The sticks I tape are my cool rods. I will tape the center of the stick and a little on the ends to tighten them up a bit.

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    I always taped my sticks with electrical tape ,about an inch below the tip , just over-lap the tape for about 4-5 inches and they last a long time .

    I will break out a new pair for gigs. .

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    The first pair of drumsticks i got were given to me by my drum teacher and he had taped them. However he had also written left and right on them...

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    I'm with drummer on this one...taping them pre-emptively makes them feel off-balance IMHO. One thing I have done for minor scuffs and dings is to use very, very fine sandpaper and sand off the splinters and minor dings that occur...600-grit garnet paper works well. You'll find it at an auto parts store or at a home supply store near the paints and wood finishes.

    I have a pair of drumsticks a buddy gave me more than 20 years ago that play almost as well as they did when they were new thanks to the sandpaper treatment every so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backtodrum View Post
    The sticks I tape are my cool rods. I will tape the center of the stick and a little on the ends to tighten them up a bit.

    I do exactly the same - with my Steve Smith signature Tala Wands! I use some nice red and green electrician's tape (it's nice and thin and it looks good too). I put a little close to the ends to tighten them up a little and some on the shaft to add some extra strength and to prevent them from breaking up when I get a little carried away. It has worked perfect for me so far. Haven't used the tape on wooden sticks, but it would probably be alright if done in the right place and not overdone.

    As an aside here: I bought some metal handled brushes and they were terrible for leaving residue on my hands and cymbals. I put the same colourful plastic tape on them and, not only did it provide a nicer grip, but it solved the dirty hands and cymbals problem.

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    I don't tape but I put shrink fit on my HotRods in the center. They tend to break there from rim shots. No gooey gunk left behind either ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmandelbaum View Post
    I don't tape but I put shrink fit on my HotRods in the center. They tend to break there from rim shots. No gooey gunk left behind either ;-)
    Very neat trick , I like that one , mind if I borrow it ?

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    Please do ;-)
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    I have to agree with Drummer as well. If the balance of the sticks is off, I feel it pretty quickly. And I can't even remember the last time I broke a stick.
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    I tend to wear sticks out, they get "rubbery" if that is a word. They start to feel mushy and I have to throw them out. I remember in my younger days breaking them. That pretty much went away withing the first year. I had a great teacher, grip, and the Moeller Method from the start.
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    i just use the metal sticks that Ahead makes. they have rubber sleeves that actually are pretty easy to grip.
    that...or buy a pair of gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kona View Post
    I do exactly the same - with my Steve Smith signature Tala Wands!
    Kona, how do you like those Tala Wands? I heard someone raving about those one day and I've been wanting to check them out. Can you tell me about them and/or how they compare to Hot Rods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmandelbaum View Post
    The problem is the sticky blotches it leaves on the heads and cymbals
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    what part are you tapeing and what for? Are you doing it for grip on the bass of the stick or the tip to prevent chipping?

    Im gonna try the electrical tape right now :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by holycow77 View Post
    I go through my sticks pretty quickly. It's not so much that I have a terrible technique, it's mainly because I like to hit the hard parts of my kit. I like the sound of rimshots and I like to hit my cymbals on the edge every now and again.

    I haven't really had the time or cash to invest in some new sticks over the last few weeks, so I just taped the crap out of some that where split, and they're almost as good as new - just slightly less responsive and a little heavier.

    The thing is, a stick that's been broken and then covered in tape, tends to last me longer then a new stick. So I was wondering, does anybody tape their sticks before they break - so that they don't break? Or would it be a waste of time...
    I can send you some I have some I dont use or need

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmandelbaum View Post
    I don't tape but I put shrink fit on my HotRods in the center. They tend to break there from rim shots. No gooey gunk left behind either ;-)
    I too think that is a good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    Kona, how do you like those Tala Wands? I heard someone raving about those one day and I've been wanting to check them out. Can you tell me about them and/or how they compare to Hot Rods?
    They're a lighter touch than the Hot Rods - I have both. The Wands are great - I find they add a nice soft touch (you can be loud with them too).

    They come in two sizes of dowelling - Bamboo and Birch. Both are good IMO.
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    Yeah I used to tape up all my sticks. Only problem I found with it is that if you tape where you hit the rim, the tape makes it sound different, less crack if you know what I mean. But I think one layer of thin tape like painters tape helps prolong the life of the sticks without messing with the sound or balance too much.
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    I can't stand the feel of my stix with tape on them. I tend to rim shot the heck out of my snare and the sticks start splitting in the middle but I can usually get 2-3 gigs out of a pair.

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    When I was going through tons of sticks when I was younger I would buy cheapo noname bulk sticks for practice and have a couple of good pairs for shows.

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