Re: Amazing tone difference with X-10 sticks
Sticks have some aspects to them that might not seem readily apparent, yet will feel different in your hand, and can significantly affect the resulting sound of cymbals and drums. A stick's weight, balance (some sticks are fairly front-heavy,) material*, and the tip's shape, size & material will all affect the sound and playability. Various combinations of those aspects account for hundreds of unique stick models from several manufacturers.
* Wood sticks may be made from hickory, maple, oak or bamboo, and synthetic sticks have been made from various plastics (some integrating carbon fiber or Kevlar,) metals (aluminum in the case of Ahead,) and some are even hollow.