The most common woods used for making drumsticks are maple and hickory. The caliber and length vary according to the balance and the desired rebound. In the 20's, the Ludwig company produced a drumstick nomenclature with a letter and a number. The lower the number, the longer the drumstick. The letter A determines a thin drumstick and the letter B a larger body. 2B refers to a large diameter drumstick and 7A to a thin drumstick generally used by Jazzmen. According to the 1922 catalog, the letter B is recommended for marching bands and concert percussionists. The letter S, like Street, is suggested for street bands.
At the end of the drumstick, a tapered neck ends in an olive. The neck dampens the vibrations, plays on the impact, the rebound and the flexibility of the drumstick. The size and the curve of the olive contribute to the type of sound on the drumheads and cymbals. All manufacturers offer olives in different shapes: round, barrel, oval like the olive and even viper head shaped! Some drumsticks have nylon olives. Whatever the drumstick used, it is above all the quality of the drummer's touch that determines the nuance of the sounds.
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