Re: Amazing tone difference with X-10 sticks
The Ahead sticks are an odd thing, people either hate them, or just strongly dislike them.
The tips are nylon, and screw on (for ease of replacement.) This is partly for simply replacing worn tips, but it also holds the stick together (go to their web site for an explanation of replaceable parts, and how the stick is engineered.)
I have a couple of pair in my archive, but don't like the feel or the sound. I also don't know any drummers who use Ahead sticks, I've only seen them in ads with a handful of endorsers.