- Jul 16, 2011
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I haven't broke a stick since Zildjian came out with the Mangini model. That last me a long, long, l o n g time! I bought about five dozen pairs. I also like the Aquarian 5B. Bought a ton of them. I've always liked heavier sticks. In high school I remember playing a jazz gig with my baseball bat-sized parade drum sticks. That's all that was in my kit!I started playing in 1982. For the first ten years in broke a fair amount of sticks. Usually at the tip/shank area. Once in a while I would break in the middle or by the grip but usually that was due to defective grain. Most of all when my sticks break now it is from internal fracture like a pool cue. I never break them the normal way anymore. Have you seen anything similar in your time playing drums. I can definitely seen a dropoff with refinement in my technique over the years. I also use much lighter sticks than I did 30 years ago. Nowadays, a 5a is probably the heaviest I use.
Didn't know if you knew this or not but Vic makes Zildjian sticks...just throwing that out there...All the time. Usually after they've gotten thin from the cymbals it splits down the middle along the grain. Oh and my preferred stick is 5b wood tip. I've also found that zildjian stick last far longer than vic firth for me.