Re: What to do with old drum sticks?
I use Regal tip jazz nylon. Think of a 7A, but longer.
They don't wear out - they break.
I don't roll sticks or match sticks. My bag is full of 20 pairs of these things (and brushes, mallets, 5A's, 5Bs, assorted Hot Rods, etc.)
When I set up to play I'll just grab 5 or 6 out of the bag, I sit on one, put one in each hand (the heavier one in my left) and toss the rest into the Danmar stick holder in my HH.
When I break one I usually toss it at the BP or singer, grab the one I'm sitting on and keep playing.