Promark Mike Portnoy Hickory Signature Nylon Tip Drumstick TX420N
The Promark Hickory 420 Mike Portnoy Nylon Tip Drum Sticks are a bit different than what we’ve covered in our guide to The Best Drumsticks, most notably the oval nylon tips.
Nylon has a much brighter sound than wood, which is a huge asset if you’re going to be doing a lot of cymbal work. Wood tends to provide a fuller sound on toms, which is why many (though definitely not all) rock drummers prefer it.
- Tip Material: Nylon
- Weight: 3.8 oz
- Diameter: 0.531”
- Length: 16 1/8”
- Taper: Short
These sticks also have a short taper, which is great if you’re looking to play a lot of fast and hard hitting passages. It’s also important to know that the taper itself is relatively subtle compared to a lot of the other sticks we’ve gone over, so the “front-heavy” feeling is going to be a bit more noticeable.
These sticks are made from hickory, which is a great middle of the road wood in regard to weight. It’s not too heavy to be unwieldy, but it’s not too light that it’s hard to get a full tone out of it.
These used to be on our recommended list but there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Drumsticks.