This is one of those sticks in the Firth catalog that does not usually get stocked at your local Music Store. It is comparable to Vaters Fusion Model and to the original Firh Weckl Sig. It is a little longer than the standard 16" length which gives it a little better balance and a little heaftier in the grip. The round tips bring out the clarity in cymbals. I have had a couple pairs of these for about a year now, and the tips have NOT chipped out,nor has the stick started splintering. I wouldnt use them for Jazz combo gigs,since they are a little heafty, but they cover everything else nicely.