i just broke an Ahead Studio Hybrid 5AB stick.
actually it was further toward the front about one third from the tip. it appears to be exactly where the stick hits the hi-hat edge, but i don't think that's what caused it, as the the sheath was ungouged. the cool thing is it didn't shatter and fly across the room. it just kind of went flimsy underneath the sheath. (no viagra jokes please...this is a family form...innit ?) when i went around the drum kit to see which lick might have done the deed...that point seems to take brunt of impact for every drum and cymbal.Had to look them up. Was it at the join?
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You're such a brute Doc... what's next, this?
the part that likes tearing up stuff. : )Even though I've only even broken one stick (in 7 years), there is a strange pleasure in it.
Not sure which part of my psyche this appeals to.
lol - I relate to that.Oct 2011 - Started To Lose Tips (they screw on-plastic tip threads just started to go)
Mar 2012 - Finally Got Around To Re-Tipping and Re-Sheathing
I started using Billy Stewart 7As about 2 years ago and one of the wood tips is starting to go soft. But I don't hit as hard - not really a smacker any more.i'll take 1.5 years of life from a drum stick any time.
A product description:What are those things made of?
the silver part is the complete stick and appears to be aluminum. the black covering (sheath) over the tip end appears to be a hard rubber or plastic. the sheath does not damage cymbals. however, sloshy hats can gouge the sheath due to the uneveness of the hat edges as the stick digs in. flat un-wobbly (un-sloshy) hats caused little to no damage to the sheath.What are those things made of? I've tried carbon fibre sticks, & was fearful of damaging my cymbals. I know what I'd rather be breaking regularly
hee hee. yeah, it took me a while to figure out what to do...i just chased the tips around the room from mid Oct through Nov. didn't play much during Dec and Jan and bought a few pairs of regular wood sticks as stop-gaps until i figured out how to re-sheath and re-tip and/or decided to continue with Ahead Stickslol - I relate to that.
I started using Billy Stewart 7As about 2 years ago and one of the wood tips is starting to go soft. But I don't hit as hard - not really a smacker any more.
Does anyone know of a product that can put the ping back into wood tips sticks?
A product description:Precision alloy core provides negligible weight and balance variations. Super-hard replacement polyurethane covers protect both sticks and gear. Vibration-reduction system reduces hand fatigue. Aluminium drumsticks with replaceable nylon sleeves.Don't geddit ... "aluminum drumsticks" with a "precision alloy core" and "polyurethane covers"??
i know what you mean. i also have that fear, but it hasn't happened yet. the Techra's are worse in that regard. whereas the Ahead's only show a little nub of thread, one of my Techra's actually broke off two inches from the tip. left a jagged edge like Jughead's hat all the way around. but i've had the tips come off of wooden sticks too. both cheap ones and regular priced ones. i've never ripped a head though. even if it did happen, i'd rather replace a head than vacuum up wood chips. : ) call me Ishmael, but that's just me.I’ve broken 2 Ahead sticks in my time – I had used them for years though (obviously replaced sheathes etc as I went). I stopped using them because the tips would come off very occassionaly and before you are aware that it’s happened you’ve put a dent or (on 2 occassions) a hole in your drum head.
I’ve broken 2 Ahead sticks in my time ...
I tried carbon sticks years ago, I didn't like the feel, the sound, and they were much heavier than their wood counterpart, so I always used wood drumsticks (Oak, Hickory or Maple).... i must admit that the sticks were a year and a half old...
You can dip the tip into nail varnish (transparent, if you got some), a couple times, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats, it will give a bit of "ping" back to the stick.Does anyone know of a product that can put the ping back into wood tips sticks?
Better drummers than all of us break drum sticks of all types. I invite you to come and watch me play. PM for my next gig detailsAhead sticks are so overrated. A year and a half ago I paid 80 bucks for a brick of Maple SD2 Bolero's and I've broken 2 of them. That's $16 for sticks in almost 2 years. I hate to be that guy, but if you're breaking a stick made out of metal your technique is beyond bad. Yes, I hit the drums hard.
Cheers Henri. I've heard of this but I always felt that the nail polish would do what it does on my toenails ... wear off pretty fast. Hmm, maybe some nail hardener ...You can dip the tip into nail varnish (transparent, if you got some), a couple times, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats, it will give a bit of "ping" back to the stick.