Possible technique issue; chipping tips


Gold Member
I have this issue now with only one stick, the one I use for hi hat, ride and cymbals. I'll play for a while (10+ hours of playing, not all at once) and the tips of my stick will split in half and the other half stays on the stick.

I play with the neck on the hi hat, usually, but on the other cymbals the stick is almost parallel. Could this cause the tip breaking?
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Silver Member
What kind of sticks are you using? I kind of run into the same problem, but with less playing time. I like the VF Erskine Ride sticks, but the tips on those are pretty small and after about a weeks worth (an hour a day) of playing the tips on those really start splitting. You may want to try something with a thicker shaft and larger head *smirk*.


Platinum Member
that's my number one beef with wood tip sticks. the tips always break before the stick itself breaks or wears out. i finally gave up and started using nylon tipped sticks, even though i like the sound of wood tipped sticks better.


Platinum Member
This is my number one issue with sticks.....I actually don't break many, but they all end up chipping away at the tip. I doubt it's a technique issue to be honest. I just think this is what happens when wood is continually belted against a hard surface i.e. bronze.


Junior Member
I dunno, it happens to me too. I wouldn't say it's technique... I mean, your cymbal hand is hitting metal, your snare drum hand is hitting plastic. Which one do you think will chip first? I don't like the sound of plastic tips at all but I think I'm gonna switch because of this chipping thing, because after a while you can't even hear your wood stick hit the cymbal when the tip is all pulp.

Most major stick companies, including VF, have a guarantee that their plastic tips won't fly off on you. Take them up on it!


"Uncle Larry"
I heard clear nail poish, brushed on the wood tips, (and allowed to dry duh!) gives your tips more mileage.

Never tried it. Don't know if it affects the sound.