Stick Size Titles

dale w miller

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Where did these classic stick size titles come from? In particular, I am interested in 5A, 5B, 2A, 3A, and any other title that is used regardless of the maker.
 

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kind of goes back almost parallel to the Twenty-six rudiments establishment
probably early 1930s or late 20s..
D used to mean Dance, B was Band, S was Street
A was..hmm i dunno..
then the numbers were like shoe sizes (...in reverse...)
Probably some NARD or PAS has the info
or an older the better ; Slingerland Gretsch or Ludwig catalog sometimes has the info
 
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Reverb has the answer --> https://reverb.com/news/where-did-drumstick-sizes-come-from

...one thing they don't address though, is that Hickory is the traditional wood used for drumsticks, because of its ability to transfer the least amount of energy across the stick.
Same reason it (and Ash) are used as handles for hammers and axes....it lessens the shock of the strike, compared to some other woods.

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dale w miller said:
Sizes, yes, but really I was wondering how the titles came about.
I wonder if this isn't something that the English started....its like their wrenches.
In England, you don't ask for a 9/16 or a 10mm, you ask for a #5 or a #8....and yes, I realize they're also called Spanners over there, but I was commenting on the numbering thing.

It seems there’s a little bit of consistency here.
Well, as long as we're all in agreement..;) :-D
 

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