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vonludwig

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nylon stick tips
« on: June 06, 2008, 07:31 AM »
nice forum!
  does anyone hear know where i can buy JUST NYLON TIPS?
i have the ability to make my own custom sticks and need tips
someone suggested AHEAD replacements, but at 5 bucks a set, it hardly seems worth doing this to save $$$$$

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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2008, 08:20 AM »
nice forum!
  does anyone hear know where i can buy JUST NYLON TIPS?
i have the ability to make my own custom sticks and need tips
someone suggested AHEAD replacements, but at 5 bucks a set, it hardly seems worth doing this to save $$$$$

Didn't you already ask this a couple of weeks ago?
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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 08:35 AM »
yes -- different forum though thanx for noticing.... too bad im not a wanna-be rock and roll drummer. they seem to be the only people who get any help! what color sticks sound best? how hard should i hit a drum? should i use both hands to play? look at my video, i almost dont suck! CHEESE CHEESE AND MORE CHEESE

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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 08:48 AM »
. . .too bad im not a wanna-be rock and roll drummer. they seem to be the only people who get any help!. . .

Or it could be that what you're looking for is not available to consumers. 

Companies that manufacture sticks buy their tips from plastic/rubber companies in huge quantities (based on my experience from my days working at Ludwig/Musser).  Those companies make the plastic tips to the specs of the company making the sticks.  Consequently they are not available through retail channels for DIY guys. 

You might try a bead shop - you might find a plastic bead that till work, and perhaps give an interesting tone.
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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008, 01:13 PM »
The first nylon drumstick tips were fashioned, IIRC, from a screwdriver handle.

This may or may not help. :) 
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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2008, 02:29 PM »
The first nylon drumstick tips were fashioned from a screwdriver handle.
No idea about that, never heard it before. I was one of the first drummers to get any of them when they came out. No idea what year that was. I've been playing drums that long.  ;D
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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008, 09:15 PM »
No idea about that, never heard it before. I was one of the first drummers to get any of them when they came out. No idea what year that was. I've been playing drums that long.  ;D

Incidentally, you left out my IIRC---"if-I-recall-correctly"---bit. ;)

It happens I did, though: http://www.pas.org/About/HofDetails.cfm?IFile=calato

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One day I thought I should try to put a plastic tip on the stick. So I got a screwdriver with a yellow plastic handle, cut out a piece, whittled out a tip, and stuck it on a stick." That was the beginning of the Regal Tip drumstick.

If I were in the position of wanting to fabricate my own nylon tips, I'd take a raw rod of nylon stock from the hardware store---big box, mom-and-pop or otherwise---and lathe it in a scalloped manner, saw the individual pieces, and drill.
I'm not a particularly slow player, yet I don't play fast.  I play half-fast.

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Re: nylon stick tips
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 11:22 PM »
Maybe if you wrote a really nice letter to Regal Tip and sent ten or twenty bucks along with a padded SASE of appropriate size, they might send you a handful.  Depends on the company, but you never know.

Or just cut to the chase and give them a call.  The internet isn't always the best place to find out something.

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