Re: Stick tip chipping advice
Use nylon tips for practice and some gigs. Save wood tips for studio and special gigs. Or buy Vater "seconds". They are just as good but have cosmetic issues. My local drum shop got some for me, but I had to buy twelve pairs. Musician's Friend also has them under different names, such as Pulse and Goodwood. Peace and goodwill.
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