I have been using other brands of sticks in the 16to16-1/4" range with nylon tips, but I thought I would try "something different" and these have been a wonderful surprise. I find I like the extra length (17") and they sound great. I don't know about wear yet, but so far.. so good. These aren't for "blasting", but seem to be good for almost anything else. And Sam Ash has a reasonable price and available stock.
Kansas City, MO