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Old 12-03-2010, 03:05 PM
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Default Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

Problems with current system:

- no logic to it
- 7 is smaller than 5, which is counter-intuitive
- What does A mean in 5A etc


IMHO the diameter is the most important spec of a stick:

So we could have:

555=0.555"
580 = 0.580"

Lengths generally follow diameter, I did say generally, and so I'm not sure this is so important. Note we need to keep the nomenclature as simple as possible

Wood is important for feel and weight and so we could have:

H = Hickory
M = Maple
O = Oak

Then finally the tip. This is where the letters could come in but could have:

A = hybrid cylinder/ball
B = ball
C = classic oval
N = nylon

So that the letters are separate we could have:

H555C = Hickory, 0.555" diameter, classic oval tip

O580N = Oak, 0.58" diameter, nylon tip

That's my plan, now tell me how it could be improved???

5A is a lot more catchy that H570C

But at least you would stand a chance and if you get to like say Hickory 0.555" diameter sticks, then you could look at all the manufacturers' sticks with the nomenclature H555 etc.

I know what you're thinking but sometimes we have to think outside the box. Besides I can dream can't I?


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Old 12-03-2010, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

First the manufacturers use different lettering for signarute sticks.
Second, trying to change designations would be like trying to teach Americans the metric system.
Thirdly if one takes the time they will know that A is orchestra, and B is for Band, and S is for street or marching or parade, etc. It's not that hard
And lastly all major makers have web sites with all of the sticks described in detail. One only has to look.
If I look at a stick I can tell if the tip is round or acorn, I don't need it written on the stick. I can also see if the tip is plastic or wood.
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:42 PM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

"A" stands for Orchestra. Gee, makes perfect sense to me....NOT!!!!!! Just beause we can learn their code it doesnt mean their idea for identification is the best or easiestto understand so lighten up GD. Your idea Dave is a good, too bad no one thought of it in the beginning.
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:14 AM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

It's just a bit of fun GD. I had no idea A = Orchestra or what that means in a stick.

Plus if I look at Vater's website, we have Fusion, Excell, Fatback, Hammer, Hitmaker etc not to mention the 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 7s etc. Are you really defending the current nomenclature for sticks? Good effort GD.

I know the Americans would love to become metric.

Listen, we invented the imperial system. 12s, 3s, 16s, 8s, all perfectly sensible! But when compared to 10s, 100s and 1000s - well there's no comparison.

Funny how things work out.


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Old 12-04-2010, 03:54 AM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

I was merely explaining not defending. As for the tip style and wood or nylon that just seems not really necessary to put on a stick when you can see it. No one has more fun than me.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:38 AM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

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First the manufacturers use different lettering for signarute sticks.
Second, trying to change designations would be like trying to teach Americans the metric system.
Thirdly if one takes the time they will know that A is orchestra, and B is for Band, and S is for street or marching or parade, etc. It's not that hard
And lastly all major makers have web sites with all of the sticks described in detail. One only has to look.
If I look at a stick I can tell if the tip is round or acorn, I don't need it written on the stick. I can also see if the tip is plastic or wood.
The system is actually stupider than trying to teach Americans the metric system - sticks are measured in thousandths of an inch! WTF is a tenth, hundredth or a thousandth of an inch??? The English system is based on 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 12, 36, and other fractions easily broken into halves, fourths, thirds, eighths, etc. A base 10 system does not appear anywhere in the English system. Next they're be saying each stick weighs 0.00275 stone and measures 1/63 chain, which makes it a 9Q (Q meaning for beginners).

Who ever thought of such a confusing, demented, seemingly arbitrary classifcation system as that used for sticks?
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

I think the problem now is the number of sticks. It probably made sense when there were three types, A, B, and S and maybe 3 or four sizes. 5A, 7A, 2B etc, so all of the .580 was not necessary. And all of the different tapers and weight forward. Sounds like fly line tippet types.
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Revised:

A- All purpose

B- Band

S- Spicy Original

N- Nutty Buddy
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

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Revised:

A- All purpose

B- Band

S- Spicy Original

N- Nutty Buddy
But do they come in plaid?

Honestly, drumsticks have been this way for years...changing the system would just confuse more people IMO.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:18 AM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

I'm not suggesting changing the system.

I just want to speculate how it could be! And have fun along the way!

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:21 AM
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Default Re: Revised Nomenclature for drum sticks

Can anyone actually explain why the numbers go up as the stick gets thinner/shorter? Is it to do with the lathing or something?
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