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Old 11-26-2011, 05:21 AM
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Ok...so I have a brand new brick of 5A's that I won't I probably won't be using.
After about a 25 year drumming break, I started again with 5A's (as suggested by GC Guy) - heck, 25 years away from the game - I'm clueless...

Anyways, about 2 years later now, I'm getting my licks and new grooves going. I wondered if perhaps a slightly larger and heavier stick would help my finger technique and speed.

So I pop in to another locally owned shop, and the owner hands me some Regal Tip 5B's.
I hold them, and right away the texture or finish on them attached nicely to my hands and fingers. He says the Regal Tips are the ones that have that texture, because I complained that gradually the sticks slide out of my hands when I'm practicing rudiments.

I like these sticks, though much more expensive at about $8-9 / pair.

Do you drummies know of any other sticks that have this same texture (slip resistant), but better priced? I'd be using the 5B's. MF and Sam Ash didn't have them in bricks.

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Old 11-26-2011, 05:32 AM
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I like these sticks, though much more expensive at about $8-9 / pair.

Do you drummies know of any other sticks that have this same texture (slip resistant), but better priced? I'd be using the 5B's. MF and Sam Ash didn't have them in bricks.

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I got 24 pairs of assorted sizes of regal tip sticks for right around 1$ a pair a few months ago from a closing store. I have mostly used the Jazz and 7A sizes. I like them I know people call them "regal slip", but I haven't had any issues. For the price I got there amazing. I don't know of other sticks that have the same kind of lacquer finish these have, or at-least one that feels the same way. Most other normal series sticks feel much "dryer" to me. Other sticks that claim "non slip" are almost polar opposites of the standard regal tips, like the nude Vater series unfinished sticks or the weird rubber Zildjian dips no? Are you using the standard Regal tip 5b?

At 8-9$ though, is that really that much more than most normal priced major manufactures sticks? Are you comparing brick price or solo price? If it's 1-2$ difference and you like them stick with them.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:55 AM
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I got 24 pairs of assorted sizes of regal tip sticks for right around 1$ a pair a few months ago from a closing store. I have mostly used the Jazz and 7A sizes. I like them I know people call them "regal slip", but I haven't had any issues. For the price I got there amazing. I don't know of other sticks that have the same kind of lacquer finish these have, or at-least one that feels the same way. Most other normal series sticks feel much "dryer" to me. Other sticks that claim "non slip" are almost polar opposites of the standard regal tips, like the nude Vater series unfinished sticks or the weird rubber Zildjian dips no? Are you using the standard Regal tip 5b?

At 8-9$ though, is that really that much more than most normal priced major manufactures sticks? Are you comparing brick price or solo price? If it's 1-2$ difference and you like them stick with them.
Whoa! That was a good price! Yeah, they seem to not slip, and keep their grip. I heard their finish was unique to their brand.

I think I'm using the standard 5B size (Classic?). You're right about the brick pricing, maybe I need to consider that. I like 'em. Just ordered 2 more pairs at $6.50 each (along with a snare on this Black Friday)
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:35 PM
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I only use Regal Tip sticks and I love their finish. My hands don't sweat and the Regal Tip finish heats up and gets tackier and easier to grip the longer I use a pair. The finish allows me to relax my grip more and helps reduce hand cramping.

Regal Tips finish is unique in that they fill the grain on the sticks first and then apply their proprietary finish. Modern Drummer had a very interesting article about them a few years back.

ProMark had a similar finish to Regal Tip before they went to their Millenium II finish which is much thinner and I find causes me to have to grip the sticks harder and hinders my playing.i know a lot of players that have sweaty hands that love this finish, me not so much.

Silver fox drumsticks have a finish that is somewhat similar to Regal Tips and is said to increase durability on their sticks.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:39 PM
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I only use Regal Tip sticks and I love their finish. My hands don't sweat and the Regal Tip finish heats up and gets tackier and easier to grip the longer I use a pair. The finish allows me to relax my grip more and helps reduce hand cramping.

Regal Tips finish is unique in that they fill the grain on the sticks first and then apply their proprietary finish. Modern Drummer had a very interesting article about them a few years back.

ProMark had a similar finish to Regal Tip before they went to their Millenium II finish which is much thinner and I find causes me to have to grip the sticks harder and hinders my playing.i know a lot of players that have sweaty hands that love this finish, me not so much.

Silver fox drumsticks have a finish that is somewhat similar to Regal Tips and is said to increase durability on their sticks.
Yeah, I'm sold Rick -

I knew this was the right place to ask this question. Thanks for the brand info - quite informative. All this time, I never thought sticks could affect my playing. But the right sticks, like you said, just form a "oneness" with your hands and is a critical piece of equipment. Glad I learned this finally...

I guess I'll use the brick of 5A's for practice or something.
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One of the drummers that I share my jam room with is endorsed by Regal Tip, and besides the length that he uses(15"), I love the finish. It does seem really tacky to my hands. But whats up with the "E-Tip"? I dont know if either of you gentlemen can go into detail or not, but it just struck me as weird to see a sliced up tip on a drumstick...


I dont mean to steal the thread, I just want some more info. The website doesnt explain it....
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:16 PM
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I've gone through a couple of bricks of Regal Tip 5B Wide, and they're good sticks. I've since taken a liking to the Vic Firth Vic Grip sticks, but I definitely enjoyed the Regal Tips as well. Good sticks, and they held up well to my patented caveman technique.
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I am particularly fond of the 5B Maples, but they are hard come by around here. No one in this area is handling Regal sticks right now.
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I am particularly fond of the 5B Maples, but they are hard come by around here. No one in this area is handling Regal sticks right now.
Too bad. I did not see the 5B maples on either the Sam Ash site or Musician's Friend.
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One of the drummers that I share my jam room with is endorsed by Regal Tip, and besides the length that he uses(15"), I love the finish. It does seem really tacky to my hands. But whats up with the "E-Tip"? I dont know if either of you gentlemen can go into detail or not, but it just struck me as weird to see a sliced up tip on a drumstick...


I dont mean to steal the thread, I just want some more info. The website doesnt explain it....
Yeah, I wondered about those tips too. I think I read somewhere that they slice up the tip to give more of a wooden sound. I guess less nylon hitting the head?
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I love the finish on Regal Tips. I guess everyone has different skin, but they practically stick to my hands. ProMarks on the other had, just fly out of my hands. I have a few pair of the E-series sticks. They have the durability of nylon tips, but get a sound closer to wood. Not quite as warm as wood, but not nearly as bright as regular nylons. I prefer the sound of wood tips, but no matter the brand, wood tips only last me a few songs before they start to chip. I feel bad throwing away a stick when the only thing wrong with it is the tip. But they don't sound good at that point, so what are you going to do?
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:17 AM
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I love the feel of Regal Tip.

If you don't mind a bit of DIY try a marine laquer.
I've used Epifanes Rapidclear (semi-gloss finish) on nude sticks and it feels exactly like the Regal finish.
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I love the finish on Regal Tips. I guess everyone has different skin, but they practically stick to my hands. ProMarks on the other had, just fly out of my hands. I have a few pair of the E-series sticks. They have the durability of nylon tips, but get a sound closer to wood. Not quite as warm as wood, but not nearly as bright as regular nylons. I prefer the sound of wood tips, but no matter the brand, wood tips only last me a few songs before they start to chip. I feel bad throwing away a stick when the only thing wrong with it is the tip. But they don't sound good at that point, so what are you going to do?
Yeah, that's the main reason I carry some nylon tips. Not only does a broken tip sound bad, but they can cut into the drum head and then you're getting new heads.

IMO, those Regal Tips feel like a second skin! Funny, because most of the time I ignore the salesguys when they try to push products at the checkout counter. I'm glad I took hold of this stick. Awesome sticks. The other sticks (ProMarks, SP) slip after about 3 measures...
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:14 AM
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I love the feel of Regal Tip.

If you don't mind a bit of DIY try a marine laquer.
I've used Epifanes Rapidclear (semi-gloss finish) on nude sticks and it feels exactly like the Regal finish.
Could that be toxic though? Wondering...
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:46 AM
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Could that be toxic though? Wondering...
I don't know if it would be anymore more or less toxic than any other drumstick finish. It's a very good quality wood boat finish so maybe it won't break-down (and leach into our skin) as much as other standard paints and finishes.
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The Zildjian ASTG Trilok Gurtu sticks are worth a try. They are both coated and indented so they don't slip easily and the size is something like a heavy 5A / thin 5B. They have surprising power for the size they are, but they are thin enough to play lightly. The only down side to me is they aren't nylon tipped.
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I just started using the John Robinson Signatures and am loving them. Probably one of the most durable sticks I've owned, been playing them for 3 months and marks and dents in the stick are surprisingly shallow, both tips are still fully intact.

I actually don't notice much difference (at least in feel) between all the finishes, but I like these because of the unique dimensions. (5A shaft, but 16.75" length)
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Yeah, I wondered about those tips too. I think I read somewhere that they slice up the tip to give more of a wooden sound. I guess less nylon hitting the head?
Exactly right. I had these sticks and actually liked them a lot. They sound much more like wood than standard nylon, however they still have that sharp attack you get from nylon, just a darker and warmer sound. I used them but ended up switching to a different pair, because I prefer longer sticks, and it is only available in 5A and 5B.
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I just started using the John Robinson Signatures and am loving them. Probably one of the most durable sticks I've owned, been playing them for 3 months and marks and dents in the stick are surprisingly shallow, both tips are still fully intact.

I actually don't notice much difference (at least in feel) between all the finishes, but I like these because of the unique dimensions. (5A shaft, but 16.75" length)
Yeah, I've tried those too - they're cool. They really have a lot of whip to them.
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I just started using the John Robinson Signatures and am loving them. Probably one of the most durable sticks I've owned, been playing them for 3 months and marks and dents in the stick are surprisingly shallow, both tips are still fully intact.

I actually don't notice much difference (at least in feel) between all the finishes, but I like these because of the unique dimensions. (5A shaft, but 16.75" length)
Are those made of Hickory?
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Not a big fan of the Regal Tip sticks. Tried the 5A, 9A, 5AX and Q3000 and all of them slipped right out of my hand. They should be called "Regal Slip" in my opinion. Didnt last very long either, and some pairs were warped. Cheers.
I just got some Regal Tip NYLONS, and the finish on them is not as sticky as the wooden tips. I would assume there should be no difference.

What sticks do you use now, and what do you like about them?
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I've been useing Regal 5B's for 30yrs. Everytime I try another brand I always go back to Regal because of the way they feel, there so comfortable in my hands. I've tried other brand because I'm a heavy hitter and I wanted to see if another brand would last longer.I never found out because not one brand has felt as comfortable as Regal for me.
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I've been useing Regal 5B's for 30yrs. Everytime I try another brand I always go back to Regal because of the way they feel, there so comfortable in my hands. I've tried other brand because I'm a heavy hitter and I wanted to see if another brand would last longer.I never found out because not one brand has felt as comfortable as Regal for me.
Have you tried the Regal 5B Nylon tip? Do they have the same texture as the wooden tip?

I'm asking because the Nylon tips I have are not as "sticky" as the texture on the wooden tip (which is what I prefer). I ordered them from Sam Ash so I couldn't try them first.
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Have you tried the Regal 5B Nylon tip? Do they have the same texture as the wooden tip?

I'm asking because the Nylon tips I have are not as "sticky" as the texture on the wooden tip (which is what I prefer). I ordered them from Sam Ash so I couldn't try them first.
They make all the sticks the same way... probably just a pair that didn't get coated enough...

So, I worked at Artist Relations Manager for 3 years for Calato 2004-2007... I would be happy to answer any questions you guys have about the company.

The finish on the sticks is a special lacquer that they have been using for over 50 years. Back in the day all stick companies used this kind of finish, but around the 80's-90's Vic and Pro Mark stopped doing this, and most companies soon fallowed, but Regal kept it.

The finish works as a fantastic grip for those of you who do not have sweaty hands when you play. For me it's the only brand of sticks I can use without grip tape.
For those players who sweat a lot more when you play, the finish does get real slippery and difficult to hold. This is why most models of Regal Tip sticks are available unfinished. Like the Vater Nude series.

The E-Tip...
This came out a few years ago. Joe Calato invented the Nylon Tip around 1958. A feature that is available from all modern drumstick companies. The purpose of the Nylon tip was to increase the life of your drumstick, a side effect of this was a brighter sound on cymbals, mostly the Ride. Not all players liked this... so Joe, the originator, went back to work and came up with the E-Tip. A slotted Nylon tip that still gives you all the added durability of a regular Nylon tip, but with a Darker-closer to wood tone.
We did an audio test for Regal's website while I still worked there. Not sure if it's still online or not, but I took 3 pairs of sticks, all the same model, 1 wood tip, one nylon and one E-series. I played all of them on a real thick Ride and recorded it. The E-Series and Wood Tip sounded virtually the same, while the nylon of course sounded brighter. We used no studio tricks or effects when recorded to make sure it was as natural sounding as we could get.

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Old 12-07-2011, 11:32 PM
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I love Regal-Tip's especially the 7a's & jazz sizes..IMO no other stick makes sweeter rim-clicks than Regal-Tip i'm not sure if it's the thinner taper by the tip all i know is that they're sweeeeet..lol

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Old 12-08-2011, 02:23 AM
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They make all the sticks the same way... probably just a pair that didn't get coated enough...

So, I worked at Artist Relations Manager for 3 years for Calato 2004-2007... I would be happy to answer any questions you guys have about the company.

The finish on the sticks is a special lacquer that they have been using for over 50 years. Back in the day all stick companies used this kind of finish, but around the 80's-90's Vic and Pro Mark stopped doing this, and most companies soon fallowed, but Regal kept it.

The finish works as a fantastic grip for those of you who do not have sweaty hands when you play. For me it's the only brand of sticks I can use without grip tape.
For those players who sweat a lot more when you play, the finish does get real slippery and difficult to hold. This is why most models of Regal Tip sticks are available unfinished. Like the Vater Nude series.

The E-Tip...
This came out a few years ago. Joe Calato invented the Nylon Tip around 1958. A feature that is available from all modern drumstick companies. The purpose of the Nylon tip was to increase the life of your drumstick, a side effect of this was a brighter sound on cymbals, mostly the Ride. Not all players liked this... so Joe, the originator, went back to work and came up with the E-Tip. A slotted Nylon tip that still gives you all the added durability of a regular Nylon tip, but with a Darker-closer to wood tone.
We did an audio test for Regal's website while I still worked there. Not sure if it's still online or not, but I took 3 pairs of sticks, all the same model, 1 wood tip, one nylon and one E-series. I played all of them on a real thick Ride and recorded it. The E-Series and Wood Tip sounded virtually the same, while the nylon of course sounded brighter. We used no studio tricks or effects when recorded to make sure it was as natural sounding as we could get.

Hope this Helps, feel free to ask any other questions you might have.
Yeah, these Regals are the best! All my other sticks just kept slipping...
Since you offerred - here goes:

-Wouldn't those slotted tips break just as easy - being slotted AND nylon?

-Are the regular nylon tip and slotted nylon (5B) the same dimensions as the wooden tip?

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I also used to work for Calato, before you Nick and at the Niagara falls On distribution house. Joe taught me how to pick out a good stick, unfortunately he taught me, (unknowingly) how to get the most out of the $2 bargain bin in a matter of seconds, so I have not spent the coin on grade A stick since then. Thanks Joe!
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If everyone loves Regal Tips so much, why are they in so much trouble and hard to find?
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Regal 5B nylon tip is different then the wood tip. The shaft is thinner and breaks much faster.
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If everyone loves Regal Tips so much, why are they in so much trouble and hard to find?
Didn't know they were in trouble...what sort?

True - they don't carry them in the MF's or GC's so you have to know what you're getting. I order mine from them or Sam Ash.
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Regal 5B nylon tip is different then the wood tip. The shaft is thinner and breaks much faster.
Is the shaft the entire length of the stick or just the part before the tip?
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Didn't know they were in trouble...what sort?

True - they don't carry them in the MF's or GC's so you have to know what you're getting. I order mine from them or Sam Ash.
I have heard from more than one store that they were in trouble and may not be in business too much longer. Has anyone else heard this? I know that no stores in this area carry their sticks.
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I have heard from more than one store that they were in trouble and may not be in business too much longer. Has anyone else heard this? I know that no stores in this area carry their sticks.
That would be important to know, especially since I just discovered their amazing sticks.

Do we need to start a new post inquiring about the company status?

Whenever I've ordered them, they've had them in stock and have made no comments about this.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:16 AM
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Their web site still looks healthy.
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Their web site still looks healthy.
yeah - I saw that too...
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The drum shop manager at a large music store told me that he thinks Regal Tip is in trouble. He is running low on inventory and has had their sticks backordered for months. Places like Sam Ash ect. might have some in stock, but I'm not sure if they are ordering that often.
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I've used the Rock, Jazz, and 8A Maple models. They've always been durable and consistent for me. For those who are having problems finding them, check Interstate Music.com or Memphis Drum Shop. They always have them in stock.
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The drum shop manager at a large music store told me that he thinks Regal Tip is in trouble. He is running low on inventory and has had their sticks backordered for months. Places like Sam Ash ect. might have some in stock, but I'm not sure if they are ordering that often.
Cool. Thanks for the info.

Either Regal Tip has excess demand and can't produce enough, or they lack funding to purchase material and pay staff. Interesting...

Ok - standby for a new post regarding alternative sticks in the future!
Must be same texture or close...
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Yeah, these Regals are the best! All my other sticks just kept slipping...
Since you offerred - here goes:

-Wouldn't those slotted tips break just as easy - being slotted AND nylon?

-Are the regular nylon tip and slotted nylon (5B) the same dimensions as the wooden tip?

Thanks!

The E-Tip has the same durability as any other nylon tip. Shouldn't break easy at all...

The dimensions of some of the sticks is where things get hard....

The standard 7A, 5A, 5B and JAZZ are the same in both wood and nylon tip, BUT the nylon tip sticks have a thinner neck on them for more rebound.
A few years ago, around the time I left the company, we started to produce these same 4 models in nylon tip versions that had much thicker necks to better match the wood tip versions, these are called "Wide" so a 5A wood and a 5A "wide" nylon are exactly the same....

With the E-Series tip you can get them in both wide and regular sizes. So if you like the traditional thin neck, of a nylon tip 5B or you like the thicker version, you have options.

Hope that's not too confusing.

And to address the "in trouble" status of the company, well I don't have any first hand knowledge from the last 4 years or so, but I can tell you that at the 2011 NAMM show they had TWO booths set up for the first time... one for Regal Tip and one in another location for Direct Music Supply (the distribution company Calato owns). Plus in the last few years they have expanded Direct Music Supply in large ways. In addition that company is one of only two distribution centers for all Remo Products in the USA, and and exclusive dealer with Canada.

If Calato was in any kind of trouble then why would business expanded in such ways?
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The E-Tip has the same durability as any other nylon tip. Shouldn't break easy at all...

The dimensions of some of the sticks is where things get hard....

The standard 7A, 5A, 5B and JAZZ are the same in both wood and nylon tip, BUT the nylon tip sticks have a thinner neck on them for more rebound.
A few years ago, around the time I left the company, we started to produce these same 4 models in nylon tip versions that had much thicker necks to better match the wood tip versions, these are called "Wide" so a 5A wood and a 5A "wide" nylon are exactly the same....

With the E-Series tip you can get them in both wide and regular sizes. So if you like the traditional thin neck, of a nylon tip 5B or you like the thicker version, you have options.

Hope that's not too confusing.

And to address the "in trouble" status of the company, well I don't have any first hand knowledge from the last 4 years or so, but I can tell you that at the 2011 NAMM show they had TWO booths set up for the first time... one for Regal Tip and one in another location for Direct Music Supply (the distribution company Calato owns). Plus in the last few years they have expanded Direct Music Supply in large ways. In addition that company is one of only two distribution centers for all Remo Products in the USA, and and exclusive dealer with Canada.

If Calato was in any kind of trouble then why would business expanded in such ways?
Thanks masonni,

Yeah, I usually throw those questions out there for feedback just in case - regarding Regal Tip's business strength. I called them the other day and their 800 number is fine and working. Staff was cool and knowledgable as well.

I'll probably check out the Wide "E" Series. Thanks for the info...easy to understand.
However...I just started wrapping my sticks (with Tennis grip/wrap) and it works just grand.

So I could be looking for other quality 5B alternatives since the grip is what attracted me to Regal Tip. Plus they're hard to find in your local music shop.
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