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 some black Donner sticks (beginning drummer) They were getting slippery. I got some (3/4" I think) wire insulator shrink tubing from work and cut it to length...little more than 1/3 of the length of the stick from the non tip end (handle?). It's slightly rubbery and I lucked out that the end of the tubing is right about at the "sweet spot". You can shrink some on and then add another "coat" and heat shrink comes in several sizes. If it splits, just cut it off and replace it. Only stick mod I've done so far.Anyone do something a little more "permanent" than just taping their sticks?
In the past I have used a gloss polyurethane on regular sticks (to make them like the Regal Tip glossy finish). I also put clear nail polish on the tips of wood tip sticks to help them last longer (mixed results.......it honestly doesn't really work).
I also know a vintage stick enthusiast who puts clear nail polish over the logo and model so it doesn't get worn away. I will sometimes sand my sticks with 220 grit at the neck/shoulder/tip area if they are chewed up but otherwise in good shape (ie no chunks missing or cracked tips) to smooth them out.
On vintage or discontinued sticks that I really like, I will fill in cracks and gouges with wood filler, sand them down and then put satin finish polyurethane over the wood filler to seal and strengthen it. I'm normally not that cheap and would just toss them for a new pair, but I will follow this procedure if they are vintage or are discontinued. It works very well..............until the next crack...............
Anyone do anything like this that is more permanent than taping? I don't really consider grip tape a permanent mod, because you can always take it off.