The Professional Line is the original set of 12 pairs of sticks that I developed over a long period of time and with input from many timpanists. Although typically made 1/2″ x 15″long white ash handles, bamboo or carbon fiber handles can be substituted for an additional charge. Each pair is color-coded at the base of the head, but at no additional charge, this can be moved to the butt end of the stick if you prefer to make them instantly identifiable if you use a stick tray. The color coding can be omitted altogether. The Professional Line sticks can also be supplied with 6″ molded rubber grips at additional cost. Please see the Prices link for cost and options.
P-1. Green felt-covered core. Legato cartwheel. Dome-shaped 1 1/4″ diameter green felt-covered wood core sewn with soft, white German outer felt in a cartwheel style. Perfect for beautiful, sustained rolls and legato single strokes
P-2. Red felt-covered core. Medium cartwheel. Disc-shaped 1 1/4″ diameter wood core with tightly drawn bag of red felt covered with soft, white German felt sewn in cartwheel style. Somewhat harder than P-1. Excellent for genral playing and transitions from rhythmic patterns to rolls.
P-3. Red stripe. Medium ball-type general purpose sticks. Dome-shaped 1 1/8″ diameter wood core, an inner layer of felt, and an outer layer of soft, white German felt sewn in a bag. Excellent for all-around playing and when tone production and rhythmic articulations must be balanced.
P-4. Green stripe. Medium-hard ball-type sticks. Same core as P-3, but somewhat harder with an outer layer of American felt sewn soft side out. Great for articulate playing, particular at louder dynamic markings.
P-5. Yellow stripe. Hard. Disc-shaped 1 1/4″ diameter wood core covered with white American felt sewn soft side out. Ideal for fast, articulate playing , particular at volume, throughout the register.
P-6. Light blue stripe. Hard, small head sticks. 1″ diameter wood core covered with white American felt, sewn with the “hard” side out.
P-7, 7A, and 7B. Extra-hard sticks: Here, you have a choice of three variations. Pair 7: 1 1/4 ” diameter disc-shaped wood core covered with thin green felt sewn in a bag. Pair 7A: 1″diameter x 1/2″ thick wood core with thin black outer felt covering. Pair 7B: Approximately 3/4″ x 3/4′ wooden core with a thin red felt outer covering. All three pairs are excellent for rhythmic passages and are also ideal for roto-toms. Each pair is progressively a little harder. No. 7 is the typical choice of most customers, but if you need something a little harder or with a smaller head, you can choose or add P-7A or P-7b.
P-8. Extra-hard staccato sticks. 1″ diameter wood core tightly covered with a thin, durable layer of chamois material. Useful in many spots where you would otherwise use wooden sticks, particularly on plastic heads. The thin covering slightly moderates the “wood on plastic” slap. These sticks are also excellent for the classical repertoire on calf or goat heads.
P-9. Wood. 1 1/8″ wooden ball. A 1 1/4″ wooden disc also can be mounted, if preferred, at no added cost. The latter is particularly useful for “Baroque” playing on natural skin heads.
P-10. Gold stripe. “Super-Medium” sticks. Similar to the P-3 general-purpose sticks but comes with a larger 1 1/4″ core to produce even more volume and more sound. Particularly good for use on the larger drums in the set. Covered with soft white German felt sewn in a bag style.
P-11. Dark blue stripe. The “Mozart’ sticks. Solid cork core about 1 1/8” in diameter mounted on ½” x 15” wood handles. Core covered with thin white German felt pulled in a tightly sewn bag. Excellent for playing the classical literature, especially with smaller orchestras or chamber groups. Clean articulation with rounded tone. If desired, a 7/16” x 15” wood handle can be substituted at no added cost.
P-12. Black felt-covered core. The “Concerto’ sticks. Small, dense core with a thin black felt parachute wrap that is then covered with a strip of German felt pulled tight top and bottom to create a three-seam cartwheel stick. This medium-soft, end-weighted stick projects a beautiful, rounded tone. Excellent for pp to mf/f solo notes, such as the opening of the Beethoven Violin Concerto.