Always Tip Down. The reason?
If you break or drop a stick, you reach into the stick bag (mine is always tied open to the floor tom) and grab a stick by the butt , and because the tip is down and the butt is up, you can immediately start playing, you dont have to juggle the stick in your hand. I've dropped a stick, and grabbed one from the bag and no one in the band even knew.
What type of stick? Just curious.Tips down in my bag. It's easy to identify them because I only have two types of sticks to identify - used and new. I've settled on just one stick that I use for everything I play these days. The used ones go in the big pocket on the left and the new ones go on the right. Drop a stick, grab with ease and keep playing.