Re: Stick tip chipping advice
Check out Regal Tip's "E" Series stick. The tips are nylon but they are ribbed. They offer a tone about halfway between wood and nylon. It's definitely not as harsh as smooth nylon. Plus they will last long like standard nylon tips. I wish Vic Firth would make their version of them.
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