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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