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larryace 03-13-2013 02:46 AM

A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
OK so recently I got a brick of Regal Tip 5B sticks in the "E" series. For those who don't know what these are, these sticks sport a ribbed nylon tip.

First I tried them in my studio, all alone. I gathered together various 5B sticks, wood tip, conventional nylon tip, both in acorn shape, and a round tip wood stick, for comparison purposes.

Here's my impressions.

I like them. Enough to switch to them.

I find they are about halfway between a wood tip sound and a nylon sound. The conventional nylon tips...they are just too harsh for me. The (brand new) acorn wood tips...didn't sound too different from the nylon tip, pretty harsh. I don't like the acorn shape tone on my cymbals I'm a big fan of the tone of a round wood tip on my bronze, that's my favorite tip tone. The "E" series stick sounded closer to wood, meaning it had a more clicky sound, I could also hear more of the stick sound, if that makes any sense, but it still retained a bit of the nylon sound, but with most of the harshness removed. I've only played one gig with them. I almost forgot I was playing with nylon tips, a good thing.

Pros: The tips are consistent sounding. I imagine they will retain that consistency until the stick breaks. They offer a different tone than conventional nylon acorn tips and a different tone than round wood tips. Really, about halfway in between. So there is a bit more presence in them. Which did not bother me in the least, in fact, I kind of liked the different tones I was getting. They pull out a different set of frequencies from the cymbal. Still clicky but more present, without pulling wacky freqs from the cymbal like the acorn tipped sticks do.

Cons: I don't really have any. I like how Regal Tips are weighted. They feel similarly weighted to VF's. Just for the record, Pro Marks and Vater seem too forward weighted for my likes. I really like the way VF's are weighted so there wasn't any adjustment, for me, to speak of.

So I like these sticks and for now, am switching to them. What I did like about them is I could lighten up on my touch (on the ride) and they would still...I don't want to say cut through...but they were a bit more present than my wood tips. The thing I like about them the best is I know the tips will sound consistent for the life of the stick, something that a wood tip stick cannot boast, especially the round tips I use. This is the main reason I went for these, I was sick of round wood tips going dead on me. I tried very quickly roughing up the ribs with an abrasive, (a sharpening stone) and it seemed to get an even closer sound to wood, but it could have been wishful thinking. I think I could rough them up a bit more to soften the surface. I will be trying that soon, as I liked the result.

A lot of people like Regal Tips finish, they say it gets tacky as they warm up. I don't keep my stick that close to my palm for them to warm up, so I can't comment there. The acorn tip is flattened where the ribs are, so no rib juts out further than any other rib. That's a good thing.

So I give them a big DrummerWorld thumbs up.

Drumolator 03-13-2013 06:29 PM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
Thanks for the review. I also need to check them out. Peace and goodwill.

GRUNTERSDAD 03-13-2013 08:33 PM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
I have been using them for a while and like the sound of the ribbed tip. It isn't as harsh or "plastic" sounding as the normal nylon tip

masonni 03-27-2013 04:25 AM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
It's a great stick, with a huge variety in sizes.

Traditional "Nylon" 7A, 5A, 5B & Jazz sizes (thin neck, long taper)
Traditional "Wood" 7A, 5A, 5B & Jazz sizes (thick neck, short taper)
Metal EX sizes "Speed" (Jazz), "Grind" (5A), "Death" (5B)

The Metal EX versions are exactly the same as the "Wide" or "wood" versions, just with funky names and black tips. I sometimes use the "Death" model with heaver bands when I need to hit hard and still keep from splitting wood tips.

BacteriumFendYoke 03-27-2013 04:29 AM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
I missed this the first time around. I've been wondering what they were like for years since I first saw them advertised.

Not sure I'll switch any time soon (I can't afford a whole new set of sticks!) but they sound interesting. I'd imagine they're very different from what I play (maple sticks) but variety is always good.

Thanks Larry. You've answered a question I've been trying to find a decent answer to for a long time.

Shedboyxx 03-27-2013 06:34 AM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
Got some of these (5B) in my bag for when I have to hit harder,

Really like the feel of the tip for a nylon


larryace 03-27-2013 07:43 PM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
Yea, I am liking them. They're like halfway between nylon and wood, and the tip sound remains consistent throughout it's life. They are brighter than wood, but darker than a smooth nylon tip. Rough up the tips a bit with sandpaper for an even closer sound to wood. The tip shape is closer to a long barrel shaped tip as opposed to an acorn tip that bulges in the middle. It doesn't bulge in the middle. I might cut ribs in some standard nylon tipped stick of which I have a bunch of laying about just to experiment. I need to get some different sizes now, I just got a brick of 5B's. I need some 7A's for the really "loud" rooms I play. Definitely made me switch from VF's, only for the tips. I still think Vics are a great stick.

evilg99 03-28-2013 06:27 AM

Re: A review of Regal Tip "E" series sticks
Thanks for the review and thanks for reminding me about these sticks.
I remember when they first came out and I wanted to try some, but forgot all about them.
Just picked up 3 pairs of 5aE, and really liking them.

I have been a Vic Firth 5a wood tip player for two years straight now - and I agree that the Regal Tip sticks are very close to the Vic's as far as weight and balance.

These are my new nylon tip go-to sticks.
Thanks again Uncle Larry!


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