Re: When Drumsticks Break
I have no consistent preference other than to use wood tips and 7A's... I break a couple a month over 8 or so gigs. I tried using the "anti-vibe" sticks, but my hands sweat so much that the integrity of the wood around the rubber breaks down and actually begins splitting up the shaft.
I play on the rim of the snare a ton, so I just accept that my sticks are gonna break.
I definitely do the "roll" test on every pair I buy. Most of the name-brands are fairly straight these days. It's odd how different the weight of individual sticks varies in the generic sticks (but I use those too).