plastic tips vs. wood

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:43 am

here we go again. just wanting to hear why one percussionist would choose one type over the other.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:12 am

I personally just don't like the sound of nylon tips on my drums and cymbals. A little too much high end for my liking, so I stick with wooden tips. Just personal taste of course.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:47 am

I like the sound of the nylon tips on my ride cymbal. But since they always break and hit me in the eye I use the wooden tips.

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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:07 pm

I wont play wood tips with my current ride. The Nylon tips work wonders with giving me that hard *ping* sound that I love, but with wood tips it seems to give less of a ping and more of a washy sound.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:20 pm

i like the nylon tips better.. i like the higher sound that comes off of the cymbals.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:40 pm

I have rather dark cymbals and I use the nylon tip- I get a bright attack but the overtones are dark.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:57 pm

Completely depends on what type of music I'm playing. The two materials produce different sounds, and neither is best for all styles, I just choose whichever suits the piece.

If the ride and/or hihats needs to penetrate through the other sounds with a clearer sharper sound, then I'd use nylon, otherwise I usually use wood.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:09 pm

usually i stick to wood because of the durability and whatknot. you can get some killer recoil with some nylon tips tho, but again its all about preference. no problem blasting above 200 bpm here with woodens, but I know lots of people who use solely nylon and play within my style range. its really all about personal preference and which feel you like better.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:17 pm

When I play in our school's jazz band, I prefer to use nylon tips because it seems to bring the cymbals to life and project the sound better. Whenever I am playing either snare or tenors, I would rather use wood tips because feel more natural than nylon.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:22 pm

Wood tip- I like my cymbals dark, dry, and trashy; nylon tips are too shrill, too many high harmonics for my taste.....
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:32 pm

I like my nylon tips for rock to get a brighter ride tone..
For jazz, I prefer wood tipped for the deeper tom sound
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:47 pm

I use both. Again it depends on your style. I like the Nylon better then wood. Only because of the ping I get on the ride cymbal or the click of the hats.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:07 pm

it just depends...i enjoy nylon tips for like softer...more mellow songs. but if its very powerful or if i need to be heard then ill switch to wood. ya thats just me tho..
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:22 pm

I'm sweet on nylons because of that bounce back. It enables me a lot of added features.
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:48 pm

Same as everyone else...

Songs with more cymbals/ride I'll use Nylons

Songs with more tom work, I'll use wood.

I've been having a lot of bad luck with shattering the nylon tips lately though.
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