"Iv'e been playing Vic-Firth American Classic 2B nylon tips for roughly 7 years. I'm the type of player that works of the rim of the drum and they hold up in the middle where a lot of sticks do not. They are an exceptional stick for high-hat work. Their is minimal widdling from the shoulder of the stick right down to the middle of the stick in heavy playing situations. The one thing that I've noticed is that when the break, they snap right at the shoulder. I've had very few mid-line snaps. Over all, a great piece of lumber!"