What type of drumstick tip do you prefer- Teardrop, Acorn or Oval?

BigDinSD

Gold Member
I'm trying out some different sticks, as my brick of Pro Marks is almost done.
I love the feel of the Regal Tip 5A and have heard good things about the Vic Firths.

So my question has to do with the response or advantages of these tip styles.
Also, how would adding an extra 1/4 inch to the length affect performance?

As always - thanks!
 

Living Dead Drummer

Platinum Member
I'm trying out some different sticks, as my brick of Pro Marks is almost done.
I love the feel of the Regal Tip 5A and have heard good things about the Vic Firths.

So my question has to do with the response or advantages of these tip styles.
Also, how would adding an extra 1/4 inch to the length affect performance?

As always - thanks!
Best thing to do would be buy a few pair and try them out.

I use Regal Tip 5BX, it's 1/4" longer than a normal stick and has an acorn tip.
I tried just about every size and model stick before that came along. It's what just ended up being right for me, and I feel I can do ANY style gig with that one stick.


I say if you like the Regal Tip 5A as a size, try a few pairs out of similar models.
Keep in mind Regal's 5A is a little thicker than everyone else's.

All of these sticks are the same size, but with a different tip

Regal Tip 5A - .580" x 16" - Teardrop Tip
Vic Firth 55A - .580" x 16" - Acorn Tip
Pro Mark 808 Paul Wertico model - .579" x 16" Round Tip
Vater Josh Freese H-220 model - .580" x 16" Rounder Teardrop Tip
 
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drumming sort of person

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Buy several different models from a few manufacturers and try them out for a couple months. It can take a while to really find something that works well for you.

I do this every five years or so and re-evaluate my choice of sticks.
 

BigDinSD

Gold Member
Best thing to do would be buy a few pair and try them out.

I use Regal Tip 5BX, it's 1/4" longer than a normal stick and has an acorn tip.
I tried just about every size and model stick before that came along. It's what just ended up being right for me, and I feel I can do ANY style gig with that one stick.


I say if you like the Regal Tip 5A as a size, try a few pairs out of similar models.
Keep in mind Regal's 5A is a little thicker than everyone else's.

All of these sticks are the same size, but with a different tip

Regal Tip 5A - .580" x 16" - Teardrop Tip
Vic Firth 55A - .580" x 16" - Acorn Tip
Pro Mark 808 Paul Wertico model - .579" x 16" Round Tip
Vater Josh Freese H-220 model - .580" x 16" Rounder Teardrop Tip
Life is good. Especially when someone has good info! Thanks for the comparisons!
 

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caddywumpus

Platinum Member
If you like a particular sound, like the articulation of a tiny ball tip or the hugeness of an oval tip, get one of those. If you want the most variety of sounds, at least when it comes to playing cymbals, get an acorn tip.
 

BigDinSD

Gold Member
If you like a particular sound, like the articulation of a tiny ball tip or the hugeness of an oval tip, get one of those. If you want the most variety of sounds, at least when it comes to playing cymbals, get an acorn tip.
Then it sounds like the shape of a tip affects sound more than the stick's response.

Would the shape of the tip cause the stick to respond differently? I'm sure it has a lot to do also with technique.
 
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