Originally Posted by wsabol
The way I see it, the stick accelerates coming up and coming down during the stroke. In other words, its 0 m/s at the top of the stroke (10 cm above head), 3e8 m/s as it heads the head. Its not just traveling 3e8 m/s the whole time :) Taking that into consideration, my calcs show that your stick will hit the head at the speed of light if you play 16th notes at 67,500,000,000,000,000,000 bpm.
Excellent correction, badly needed :) Trouble is, I was thinking I had something to shoot at but those extra quadrillions are very dispiriting, a bit like the numbers young people see when hoping to enter the housing market. Maybe put a pair of sticks in the Large Hadron Collider? We might discover Gadd's Boson!