I tried out the jap oak sticks by pro-mark and haven't turned back since. A set will last around a year as long as I don't leave them behind somewhere. I feel that is pretty good considering I play everyday and gig multiple times a month. They are a bit heavier and louder but that's fine with me. I don't do a lot of heavy hitting, I just let the stick do the work. I think they pull better tone from my drums compared to a hickory stick. MY 2 cents.
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