I can't afford to buy a stash of "brand name" sticks so I buy quite a few of these and then two or three pair of Vater sticks. Soundpercussion should get extreme praise from drummers whether on a budget or not. These sticks are awesome! I use the Rock as well as I like sticks with the ball or rounded tip and they are great. They splinter a bit more than higher quality sticks but honestly if you don't rim shot all that much that last quite along time! Trust me they are great sticks!