Re: Where's the Beef? (Stick Weight)
I'm guessing the variations in wood would only make it possible to give a range. Have you ever weighed any to see what they weigh to get an idea.
found this online
Selecting a pair of drumsticks is one of the most personal and important decisions a drummer can make. To help in this process, drumstick manufacturers currently offer dozens of different models— each with a unique combination of factors including material, length, weight, diameter, tip, neck, taper and finish— and all designed to fit specific situations and styles.
Length, weight and diameter influence the stick’s control and dynamic capabilities. Long, heavy, wide sticks are designed for loud, aggressive playing. Short, light, narrow sticks are easier to handle, but may not have the power needed for more intense music.
The size and shape of the tip are also factors in stick design and selection. A larg- er, flatter tip will create a sound with more overtones; a smaller, rounder tip will be more articulate. Nylon and wood tip types offer different tonal characteristics, as well.
Drumsticks have historically been clas- sified into A, B and S models by their neck and taper. “A” models had thin necks and long tapers for “orchestral” playing while “B” and “S” models featured thicker necks
and shorter tapers for ‘band” and “street” applications. These elements are closely linked to a sticks’s durability, response and balance. The chart below shows the average sizes of some standard drumstick models:
model weight 7A 1.50oz 5A 1.75oz 5B 2.00oz 2B 2.25oz
length 15.75 ̋ 16.00 ̋ 16.00 ̋ 16.25 ̋
diameter neck .530 ̋ .235 ̋ .575 ̋ .255 ̋ .600 ̋ .280 ̋ .650 ̋ .295 ̋
￼￼￼￼￼Although oak, maple and other woods are often used for drumsticks, hickory remains the most popular stick material. Hickory has a comfortable, natural feel plus it is relatively abundant, durable and accepts a variety of finishes.
Choose your favorite drumstick model by determining which factors are right for you and your drumming. While many drummers prefer a general-purpose 5A or 5B, it’s OK to try different models based on the music you play. Pick your sticks by:
1. Rolling them to make sure that they’re straight.
2. Tapping them to make sure that they’re the same pitch and weight.
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