Re: BREAKING STICKS
I seriously don't get it. I sometimes DON'T play rimshots, my sticks hold up, and I don't get sore hands/arms, except for when I haven't played for a few days and my grip is tighter because I got out of it. My sticks last 2-3 months, currently 7A's (dips, does anybody else think Zildjian should just stick to cymbals?) lasted 2 months. Do you guys use hickory sticks? It has shock absorbing properties, useful for rimshots.
I play hard on a cowbell, rimshots, shoulder on the ride bell and heaps of potentially stick damaging acts, I have only ever actually broken 2 sticks (and 1 out of anger, it was old and had a crack, hehehe.)
Not looking down on anyone or trying to be superior, I just don't think somebody should play that hard, it leaves nowhere to go dynamically.