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Old 12-19-2011, 04:23 PM
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Default Do rounded tips really have a better bounce?

I'm getting some new sticks and have researched here and other places. I've read that rounded tips offer more bounce than the acorn tips.
Do you guys agree? Is it that significant?

Yes, I know to work on my technique first. I actually am working on some strokes that would benefit from good bounces :-) which is why I'm requesting your feedback.

Any good 5B recommendations (rounded tip)?

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Old 12-19-2011, 06:31 PM
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Default Re: Do rounded tips really have a better bounce?

No. Bounce is dependent on the taper of the shoulder of the stick. If it tapers too much, it will absorb the shock of impact more, and the stick won't bounce as well. With that said, *most* acorn-tipped sticks have more of a taper than rounded-tipped sticks, so yes, it might seem that they have better bounce. The main benefit of the round tips is that you have more of a consistent playing spot, no matter the angle you play your sticks with. The main benefit of acorn tips is that you have a variety of playing spots to mess with, depending on the angle you play with.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:40 PM
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No. Bounce is dependent on the taper of the shoulder of the stick. If it tapers too much, it will absorb the shock of impact more, and the stick won't bounce as well. With that said, *most* acorn-tipped sticks have more of a taper than rounded-tipped sticks, so yes, it might seem that they have better bounce. The main benefit of the round tips is that you have more of a consistent playing spot, no matter the angle you play your sticks with. The main benefit of acorn tips is that you have a variety of playing spots to mess with, depending on the angle you play with.
Thanks caddywumpus. I was even trying to figure out what part of the stick that was ... shoulder...OK.

So I'll check on some 5B's probably with the round tip, and the wider shoulders.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:17 PM
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Default Re: Do rounded tips really have a better bounce?

I found the same with the Pro Mark 5b round tip. But when hitting the snare hard, it felt like the top of the stick was like rubber and didnt bounce at all because the shoulder would just bend and lose all his energy (didnt like them).
When going for a round tip I would look for a bigger stick with thicker taper.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:13 PM
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For years, I have preferred the Vic Firth SD1, a round tip wood stick. Great feel, great bounce, and consistant sound. I would check the Vic Firth site to check to see if they have one that suits you!
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:46 PM
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For years, I have preferred the Vic Firth SD1, a round tip wood stick. Great feel, great bounce, and consistant sound. I would check the Vic Firth site to check to see if they have one that suits you!
Thanks, I did track this one down. That looks like the perfect shape at shoulder and tip. I'll have to locate this shape in Hickory, for more wieght.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Do rounded tips really have a better bounce?

What Caddy said!

I was about to respond, but you can just re-read his post instead!
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:52 PM
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Thanks, I did track this one down. That looks like the perfect shape at shoulder and tip. I'll have to locate this shape in Hickory, for more wieght.
i dont think they make an SD1 in hickory... it'd be like using a baseball bat on your drum heads. SD1 is a big stick. They use maple to reduce the weight.

I really dont think you'd be happy with the size, for playing a drum set. I have a pair just for practice on the snare, for rudiments and such. But too big of a stick to move around a kit in an actual playing situation...the stick was never made for that intent
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