Just wanted to post about Regal Tip. I used them many years ago in school for band. I remember that's all the school would buy back then. Throughout the years I think I used everything else except Regal Tip for personal use because the Regal Tips were always difficult to find in stores for me. Lately I had settled on Los Cabos Red hickory 5b's and that's what I had been using. They were really good but just not quite a true 5B in diameter. Any of their larger sizes were overkill. Well, I saw some Regal Tip 5B wood tips online and bought a couple of pairs. All I can say is wow! I can't believe what I've been missing. I think these are the best sticks I've ever used. The diameter, balance, weight, finish and feel is what I've always wanted in a stick. I have dry hands so the laquered finish feels like the sticks are adhered to my hands. As hard as they are to come by, I hope they keep making them always. I love them!