Drumstick material and rebound characteristics
The drumsticks that are made from oak and hickory will produce higher rebounds as compared to those that are made from titanium and aluminium.
The rebound behaviour of a drumstick is influenced by the type of wood that is used to make it. It is also determined by its length, thickness, tip shape, taper and shoulder location. A drumstick that gives good rebounds have the correct balance, a proper response, and give the drummer a ‘right feel’.
The shaft thickness of a drumstick affects both its height and weight. Thicker and heavier drumsticks are more durable and produce deeper sounds. Thinner and lighter sticks are easier to use and suitable for fast play. Drummers should choice their drumsticks according to the type of music they wish to play.
A longer tapered stick provides faster response and flexibility while a shorter tapered stick is stronger and stiffer. The shape of the tip is important for the type of sound produced. The length of the stick influences the type of ‘feel’ and ‘reach’ the drummer has.
The material the drumstick is made from determines its response and durability.
Commonly, drumsticks are made from maple, oak and hickory. They can also be made from fiber and metal.