I bought 2 pairs and within 4 hours of medium use, all 4 wooden stick-tips had sheered off, leaving thin, broken, uneven, almost unplayable tips. The body of each stick is still virtually as new. Nylon tips are much better, will not break, so your stick will actually last a reasonable length of time. Nylon tips also sound good to me (unless it's for acoustic jazz), a slight bit more attack, but at least will carry on sounding good (as won't be broken)! The Vic Firths felt good apart from this.