Before the 1950s, there were no companies specializing in making drumsticks. The manufacturers of drums and other percussion instruments themselves made and marketed the drumsticks. There were also far fewer models than today and their names were given according to the application. Since that time, the three most common designations are drumsticks "A", "B" and "S". Letter “B”: referring to the “Band” (band) and were used for drumsticks directed to theater bands, "big bands" and / or orchestras. Letter "S": referring to the word "Street" (street), and specified the models made to be in martial bands and / or fanfare. Letter "A": the origin for the use of this letter is a little vague. Apparently she identified the drumsticks that did not fit as "B" or "S". The most evident is that they were referring to the expression “All Purpose” (of general use). The numbers on the drumsticks serve to give an impression of their sizes. In models “A” and “B”, the higher the number, the smaller the drumstick. For example, a drumstick 2B is larger than a 5B, a drumstick 7A is smaller than a 5A. The drumsticks of martial bands and / or fanfares are designated with this numerical concept. For example, 1S drumsticks are smaller than 2S, which are smaller than 3S. These identifications can even confuse us, and we will hardly find any source of information that will be able to explain exactly the reasons. Some of these details have been lost in history.

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The characteristics that you should evaluate when buying drumsticks are:

  •  Quality of Wood: Opt for solid Woods with good resistance.  Quality drumsticks should: have well-distributed density; be free of knots, holes, and cracks; not be wet or warped; not have any other imperfections that may compromise  their use or durability.

 Wood Fibers: Fibers should be uniform from tip to butt without splinters or roughness.

•    Weight:  Each drumstick in the pair should be of equal weight unless purposely mismatched for special use – a rare exception!  This characteristic has great influence on the balance and uniformity of the timbres.

•    Length and Diameter: Test different models and see which gives you the best feeling in your hands and arms.  Thicker sticks are more durable but are not the best option for musical styles that require a lighter touch.  Talking about the length, we advise you to create a measure that is an “extension of your arms” to the drum kit.  Longer sticks will give you a longer reach but they will be heavier.

•    Tips:  Wood tips give a natural sound that is generally softer.  A good wood tip should have a well-defined circumference and be free of surface cracks.  Nylon tips produce a more brilliant sound, especially on the cymbals, and are more durable.  A good nylon tips should be well affixed be solid, without notable imperfections, and have a well-defined shape.

•    Balance:  A pair of drumsticks of equal weight is identified as “balanced”.  “Balanced” sticks give more control on both attack and rebound, and produce similar timbres.

•    “Feel”:  Hold the drumsticks the same way you will use them when you are playing to get the “feel” of the stick. Roll and tap each stick on a hard, flat surface like a counter or table .  Check the sound quality and vibration of each stick.  Don’t purchase sticks that sound hollow, buzz or vibrate, are cracked or crooked.  “Feel” if the pair gives you the desired comfort, control, sensitivity, sound quality, volume and good grip.  A good drumstick should give you at least most of the desired qualities.

  •  Signature Drumsticks:  If you find a model developed by your favorite drummer and want to try it out, remember that they should have exact sized listed so you can determine if they will fit your style.  Everything depends on your style while playing.  Even after all the specs and tips, the choice of your drumstick is very personal.  There are many professional drummers that use up to 3 different models.  Make a wise choice and choose the best stick that match your style!

Liverpool is the market leader because of the excellent cost-benefit!

You choose the wood.  Success chooses you.

Liverpool makes the best drumsticks in Brazil and uses only the finest raw materials. Get to know our noble and exotic woods and their special characteristics.

American Hickory

Flexible and high-impact resistant, hickory is the preferred wood of most drummers.  This wood is also considered by the majority of drummers to be the most comfortable during heavy striking.

It is characterized by a refined timbre that originates a full and versatile sound quality.


Superb characteristics of elasticity and density produce an intermediate and softer sound.

The lighter weight of the wood allows more agility and comfort for those who prefer a drumstick with larger diameter and grip. If you are thinking about cost-benefit, this is the best option to you.


Brazilian Wood

Purple Heart wood is heavy and hard, with an excellent resistance, beautiful and bright.  Long wearing drumstick with incredible, natural purple coloring, vibrant texture and great rebound.

Eco Jatobá

Eco Jatoba is a heavy wood with low flexibility and high resistance. The finish has a low luster and it is less smooth.  This drumstick creates a louder sound on the drums and bright definitions on cymbals.

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Eco Bio is a heavy and hard wood that offers the ideal volume and attack for the drummer that prefers a stick with a smaller diameter and grip.   This wood has a high luster, medium texture, and excellent durability

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Any drumstick, as good as it may be, has a lifespan according to the time of use and the way it is used.  However, accidents do happen!  Here are a few tips to help you avoid them:

1- When you get your drumsticks, check them over to make sure they do not have any cracks or are warped.  Stay away from sticks that have knots or small holes in the wood, especially on the neck or head.  The pair should be the same length, diameter and weight.  On nylon-tip sticks, the tip should be attached well.  Beware of sticks with humid wood evidenced by large stains, generally greenish.  The surface of the drumstick should not be rough, uneven, or have deep cracks.  The fibers of the wood (grain) should always run the length of the stick.  If the grain runs across, the drumstick will be much less durable.  To identify this problem, observe the ring-shaped or oblique marks along the stick.  Test the drumsticks by hitting them on a hard surface and feel the vibration.  Don’t accept sticks that sound hollow or cracked.

2- At home, in the studio and at shows, don’t store you sticks with anything heavy on them.  Avoid humidity and excessive heat.  If your hands perspire a lot when you play, when you finish, dry your drumsticks with a clean cloth.  Don’t leave your sticks in the direct sun and don’t dry them in the oven!  Leave wet sticks in the shade with good ventilation.

3- As soon as you finish playing, put your drumsticks away in the sleeve.  If you don’t have the sleeve, use a rubber band or anything to keep the pair together.  Playing sticks that have the same amount of use helps to make them last longer.

4- While every drummer has their own stroke and technique according to their musical style, don’t forget that the thinner drumstick, like the 7A, generally can’t take the heavy striking force.  They are made for a softer touch, like jazz, lighter and quicker.  For heavy styles, like hard rock, use a thicker stick like the 5A, 5B, 3A, 2B…

5- Study different rudimentary techniques and their application.  It is quite probable that you can get good volume without too much striking force on both your drumsticks and drumheads making both last longer!



Butt (Grip):  The butt - let’s call it the grip – is the place where you hold the drumstick measuring approximately 130mm (5”).  Liverpool carries various models with rubberized paint allowing for a more secure grip.  A good stick is rounded at the end for a comfortable grip in the palm of the hands.  Furthermore, it is also important that the entire stick is perfectly cylindrical, without deformities like cracks or splinters, so it rotates evenly while used.  Many drummers play with the stick inverted striking with the butt end for a louder, heavier and deeper sound.

Shaft:  The shaft is the main part of the drumstick.  The proper length and the diameter, along with the weight of the stick, will facilitate the function desired for each particular musical genre.  Other important factors are flexibility and resistance.  For example, rock drummers usually prefer a heavier drumstick with a longer shaft that can resist the constant and heavy contact with the rims of the drums while jazz drummers opt for lighter sticks with a shorter overall length.

Shoulder:  The shoulder of the drumstick is where the taper begins; just between the shaft and the neck of the drumstick.  The position of the shoulder will determine the balance point of the stick and the amount of pressure that will be directed to the drums and cymbals.

Neck:  This part of the drumstick creates important characteristics.  The longer the stick is, more flexibility and rebound it will be.  Those with shorter or thicker necks created less flexibility and rebound but allow more striking force and volume on the strike.  Make sure the neck is properly formed as it is the area that has the most wear and tear.

Tip:  The tip is the link between the drummer’s movements and the quality of the sound that is produced.  The tip should be dense and resistant as it is the main point of contact (on a stick with tips) with both the drums and the cymbals. It’s function is extremely delicate for this reason the project each model is studied and the turning must be perfect.

Liverpool offers drumsticks with many types of tips.  Select you drumstick in our site and learn about the format and sound produced by each one.

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