Use the right tool for the job. Different genres of music call for different types of drumsticks. Manufacturers like Vic Firth, ProMark, Vater and Zildjian categorize their stick sizes by a letter and a number - the lower the number, the thicker the stick. The letter indicates the size and application. â€œSâ€ sticks are heavy and generally used for marching applications. â€œBâ€ sticks land somewhere in the middle and are great for Rock. â€œAâ€ sticks are ideal for lower volume music that require fine stick articulation - like in a jazz combo or orchestra. Drumsticks are made from a variety of materials including maple, hickory and oak. The denser the wood, the more durable and chip-resistant the stick will be. Choose a wood tip for a more organic head and cymbal response, or a nylon tip for a sharper, more prominent and durable response. We also carry a wide variety of brushes, mallets, and rods in stock to cover any application you may encounter. Give a call at the Drum Center of Portsmouth to help you decide on the right pair of drum sticks for your individual needs.