so, for about 8 months I've used nothing but multi-rods--not because i like them, but to reduce volume---do to ongiong fued with crazy neighbors. yesterday, I took my drums into my landlord's house and was able to play full volume with real sticks for the first time in about 6 months ( my drums are LOUD!!!) and I couldn't control the sticks well at all. when the rods hit the drumhead they collaps/seperate and have no rebound, while real sticks have great rebound. anything I can do other than rubber mutes ?