More bounce in a wood-stipped stick?


Hi guys and girls.

I recently changed my primary stick from a Regal Tip Rock model with nylon tip to the Zildjian Dennis Chambers model with wood tip.

I was always pro nylon for the brighter cymbal sound, but I immediately noticed the Chambers sticks gave me a lot more bounce on every surface - drumhead, cymbal, even cowbell. Is it normal that wood-tipped sticks do this, or is it just coincedence?

I also changed from Regal Tip Jazz nylon to Zildjian Jazz wood and felt the same response, although not as pronounced.

Thanks for any responses!

Big Foot

Silver Member
I've just picked up a pair of Regal Jazz nE series ( it has a grooved nylon tip) figuring it was the same stick as the Regal Jazz (but w/a nylon tip). But it's not, it has a thinner longer tapered shoulder. And the nE feels way springier! Great bounce.
But I have found that long-tapered shouldered sticks do seem to feel faster.


Platinum Member
I agree, it's the taper of the stick, not tip material that is giving you more rebound. A stick with a thicker shoulder will be more front-heavy, giving a little less rebound but increasing power, and the opposite is also true.