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Pro Mark FBH550TW Select Balance Forward Balance Hickory .550" Tear Drop Wood Tip The forward balance 550 features a 2 1/4" taper for a front heavy stick with a forward throw. This diameter choice will be most commonly associated with Promark's standard 5A. Hickory is the most popular wood choice for drumsticks due to its resilience, responsiveness, durability, and classic feel Length 16" Diameter .550" A modified tear drop tip provides warm tone with good articulation and great cymbal response. Select Balance Drummers essentially prefer two types of stick balance: forward or rebound. The Select Balance line was designed to give you the option of both in 5 diameters. Now you can find the balance you prefer for any playing style you prefer. In order to create the Select Balance line, Pro Mark went back to the drawing board. They identified the key elements of drumsticks in order of priority: diameter, taper, tip shape, and tip material. Then Pro Mark took the 5 most popular diameters and made them the core of their Select Balance line. The History of ProMark The ProMark company was founded in 1957 by Herb Brochstein, a professional drummer and drum shop owner. ProMark has always been a family business and so continues with the 2011 purchase by D’Addario & Company from Herb’s son Maury. The offices and factory remain in Houston, Texas; manufacturing hickory, maple and Japanese Shira Kashi™ Oak (ProMark was the first American drumstick company to successfully market sustainable Japanese Oak) drumsticks in its modern 90,000 square foot facility. ProMark uses only un-endangered wood in the manufacturing of its sticks and mallets. The harvesting of our hardwoods is carefully controlled, with replenishment of the forest as one of our top concerns. Prior to becoming drumsticks, the wood goes through a multitude of selection and pre-finishing processes at our own mill in the mid-south, followed by rigorous inspections throughout the manufacturing process. The Houston manufacturing team works with the state-of-the-art machinery to produce the drumsticks, keyboard and timpani mallets that are designed tested and used by top performers, educators, students and enthusiasts throughout the world. ProMark has been the sticks of choice by such renowned artists as Neil Peart, the late Elvin Jones, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy, 9-time DCI champion Concord Blue Devils, and many, many more.