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Old 01-15-2007, 04:34 AM
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Default When do you stop using your drum sticks?

I was just curious and wondering when do some of you guys toss them out or stop using your current pair of sticks and move on to a fresh pair. For me, even though I rarely break sticks, I will move on to a new pair of sticks when there is heavy damage on the shaft due to cymbals and when the tips start to wear down. I sometimes play with a barrel tip, and so when the barrel is the same size as the top shaft, then I know it's time to grab a new pair. 'Just wanted to know what your guys' thoughts are...lemme know!
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:49 AM
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When they break or i lose them thats it. I rarely buy a pair of sticks i dont like. All the sticks i own besides my SD1 generals i like. But ive had them since 6th grade and they refuse to break.
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:59 AM
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when the cocktails cease....seriously,before they start to inflict damage to heads, or start to lose balance, or start to feel rubbery. I get about 60 songs out of a pair.
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:11 AM
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I use Mike Mangini Signature Sticks, havent had to replace them yet. If Im not using those, I just use a regualor pair of 5A's.

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Old 01-15-2007, 05:14 AM
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Default Re: When do you stop using your drum sticks?

For wood-tipped sticks, I toss them when the tip gets chipped or flat-sided; I don't care how chewed up the shaft gets; I'll play them until they break.

For nylon tips, if the top gets a gouge or breaks off.

As for the Aheads, I've had 4 sets of 5Bs for about a year and a half now, no real sign of wear other than one replaced shaft cover, so I have never thrown one of those away, yet.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:30 AM
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Well If I am doing a heavy rock gig, then I will go though about 1 or 2 pair of sticks every practice. Keep in mind we practice anyware from 2-4 hours at a time.
For a live gigs I start each show with a fresh pair. By the end of the show the sticks are so messed up I just have to toss them. It's not even a case of poor technique, I just hit so hard that they get all busted up on the snare hoops, or the vibrations from slamming on my heavy Ride cymbal will destroy the wood.

For a light blues/jazz/country/folk gig sticks will last me forever. I have been playing out every week with this acoustic artist and been using the same pair of sticks for 6 months. However I only use sticks on maybe 3 songs in a set. Most of the time I am playing with brushes, blasticks or thai sticks.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:35 AM
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When my wife yells at me to come to bed.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:10 AM
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For wood sticks, I stop when the tip gets dented and I get an inconsistent sound. I rarely break or even wear down my drumsticks though, because I don't play very hard.
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When my wife yells at me to come to bed.
Oh DB, that made me laugh out loud!!

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When my wife yells at me to come to bed.
So that would be,... Every six months or so, LOL? Only a joke.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:28 PM
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I'll thow mine in the bin whenever the tips become flat on one side or splintered. I could care less about the shaft. It seems once the integrity of the tip has been compromised it can become difficult to get even rolls or doubles on the snare and if they get too bad it can damage the head.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:02 AM
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I use carbo sticks for practice
they last ages and hardly wear n feel nice
but the problem is if you have coated heads they lev black marks on
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Old 01-20-2007, 02:25 AM
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Default Re: When do you stop using your drum sticks?

Usually I stop using them when they tip wears down or it chips.

At gigs I always use a new pair, Last thing I want to do is break a stick in the middle of playing. Ive never been good at getting a new pair out quickly for some reason, even though I keep them close by :P
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When they break or i lose them thats it. I rarely buy a pair of sticks i dont like. All the sticks i own besides my SD1 generals i like. But ive had them since 6th grade and they refuse to break.
AHHH yes my SD1's. man ive had those so long theyve changed colors lol.

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Old 01-24-2007, 05:35 AM
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Default Re: When do you stop using your drum sticks?

when they are split or the end of the stick is so damaged that the right sound does not come out
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:01 PM
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I've never broken a stick of any kind. I play 5BNs.

Generally, when the shaft gets worn down and affects the balance (or what I perceive to be the balance), I replace the set.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:19 AM
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Default Re: When do you stop using your drum sticks?

OK - so what you do the rest of you do with the unbroken stick whenever you break one of a pair????

Do we all have stick bag or bin full of orphan sticks because it's just so hard to throw away that perfectly good stick , yet it almost never seems to find a new mate - maybe I just don't break enough sticks...
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:34 AM
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OK - so what you do the rest of you do with the unbroken stick whenever you break one of a pair????

Do we all have stick bag or bin full of orphan sticks because it's just so hard to throw away that perfectly good stick , yet it almost never seems to find a new mate - maybe I just don't break enough sticks...
ive got an orphan bin for my sticks. the orphans just sit in it on my desk and anytime someone walks in my room they are amazed at how many diffrent sticks i have. I keep the broken ones in a box just for the hell of it.

i used to change sticks when they broke but now that im playing a lot more with wood tips when the tip chips and hurts my heads.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:58 AM
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Default Re: When do you stop using your drum sticks?

i HARDLY ever break sticks. The only time i get new sticks is when i either loose them, or they get flat-tipped. If only one stick is worthy of being considered "done", and the other is still good, then i keep it in a bucket. Then, after my new pair is done, and one stick is still good, then i take the other stick out of the bucket, and if they are the right size and brand (i tend to only get vic firth 5-a's, but now im starting to play 7a's as well), then i just pair it up with the other good stick, and viola! free pair of sticks.

Sence i tend to never break sticks, and the only thing that really happens is the tips become flat, i thought about getting nylon tip sticks, but i dont like the sound or feel it produces when bouncing off the ride or heads. But im not a heavy hitter, so that works with me, and the how-long-it-lasts-ity of my sticks
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