Choosing Your Drum Stick
As a drummer or an upcoming musician, there are many factors that one may consider before buying a pair of stick.
Most sticks are made of wood. So, getting the one that you are most comfortable with, should be the goal. About 80% of professional sticks (Promark, Vic Firth, Zildjian etc.) are made of Hickory, which is the most preferred option by drummers. Other types used in sticks that are available in the market are Oak, Maple, and Birch, to name a few.
The next step is to choose your tip – Wood or Nylon. To make things simple, wood has a warm sound on the kit and less attack on cymbals. Nylon tips provide brighter sounds on the cymbals.
Then comes the size of the stick. Based on your style of music, size of the hand and practice requirements, you can choose between 5A, 5B, 7A or 2B. The As are thinner than the Bs. Also, smaller the number, thicker is the stick – Eg: 2B will be thicker than the 5B. If you are looking at buying a stick, you should certainly give the Promark, Drumstick, Rebound Balance, 5A, TD Wood Tip RBH550TW a try!
There are many branded as well as unbranded sticks available at the music store near you. Choose a brand that suits you the best. If you are a beginner and starting to learn drums, opt for the Chancellor, Drumsticks, 5A Maple /Wood Tip 5AWD-M. 5A being a decent size and this one being made of Maple, will be a light stick to being with. If you have been learning drums for a while you can choose from the various artist series sticks available in Promark (Chris Adler, Marco Minneman to name a few) or the Vic Firth sticks.
Last but not the least, TRY the sticks and choose the one that YOU are most comfortable with. Use it on a pad or your legs, switching sticks to see if they weigh the same. If one feels heavier then check other ones. Uneven sticks don't have a good sound, so make sure the sticks you buy are even. To detect uneven sticks, roll the sticks on the floor and look at the top. If the top goes up and down, they must be uneven.