I had a friend that would take all of his Pro Mark sticks, pull the nylon tips off, and then glue them back on with wood glue. He said it kept the tips from flying off.
I have always done this as well...L and R...I am really OCD about having the same feeling stick in my right versus my left hand. The heavier/denser stick goes in my right hand b/c I like the feel of that on my ride cymbal.I mark the butt end with a felt pen, so that it's easier to grab a matching pair from the stick bag. That's all.
I have a drum logo I put on the end of each one, so I have a "signature" stick.I write my name on them with a marker pen.
Have you tried other stick wax products? I tried the Zildjian wax but found I have to reapply it every couple of songs. Reviews of it online didn’t seem to have that problem.I use Sex Wax for grip as my hands are usually dry & smooth. I just rub a bit on before playing & it lasts the whole show.
It says it's "The best for your stick" so I was sure they meant drummers.
I modify my sticks slowly over time.Anyone do something a little more "permanent" than just taping their sticks?
No. I knew Sex Wax was great for surfboard grip & had others suggest it. Once it worked for me, I didn't look back.Have you tried other stick wax products? I tried the Zildjian wax but found I have to reapply it every couple of songs. Reviews of it online didn’t seem to have that problem.