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It sure is nice to see Vic Firth making oak sticks. These are made to the same specs as the normal 5B, but because they are oak, they are more dense. They have increased power and durability, but also more weight. I got used to the added weight quickly, but some people might not like the heavier feel. These have lasted probably 25% longer than their hickory counterparts, so they can also save you a little money in the long run.
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I normally play with fairly large sticks (2b or larger) but have been testing out different sizes to see how they feel. These sticks feel great and I do appreciate the added weight. That being said, I broke a stick within 2 rehearsal sessions. I don't consider myself to be a super heavy hitter but I would think that oak sticks would be more resilient than hickory or maple. These sticks definitely give your drums a more full sound, but as the product description states, they are more rigid than maple or hickory and in my experience they are more prone to snap. I would love to continue playing this model but they are not as durable as I would expect.