If you really need a loud, powerful stick with weight and projection you should take a look at the Vic Firth American Classic X5BN. These sticks feature the extended length of the Extreme 5B but with nylon tips for even more cut out of your cymbals. A great choice for high volume situations or to build your chops when you are using a practice pad. -Alex
The American Classic line combines tradition and Vic Firth style. With bold designs for fuller sound, the Classics are turned from select hickory a dense wood with little flex for a more pronounced sound. Hickory is also capable of withstanding a great deal of shock, making it highly durable.The wood tips are deeply back-cut for intensified cymbal response. The nylon tips are similar in size and shape to their wood counterparts, providing enhanced performance and a feel closer to their original wood tip models. Nylon tips are the most durable and brightest sounding on cymbals.The nylon tip is similar in size and shape to the Extreme 5B, providing enhanced performance and a feel closer to the original wood tip model. Nylon tips are the most durable and brightest sounding on cymbals.L = 16 1/2" D = .595"