Last week we took a look at the Eco Jatoba series and I talked about the differences between stick types. While the benefits of different sticks are appealing, stick selection is very much a question of opportunity cost. In certain scenarios, some things will work better than others, brushes for example wouldn’t be a good choice for a massive rock tune, but work awesome in folk/jazz music.
So if there are a lot of different stick types and they all have worthwhile applications, how could anyone ever manage to choose?
The answer to that question is as simple as understanding what works for you. When I talked about the Jatoba, I mentioned the Japanese Oak promark makes to set up a frame of reference because in my mind, they are comparable products. So whats the tipping point?
For me, the tipping point is more or less the unique qualities of each different pair. That said, this week I’m talking about the Liverpool Roxinho series.
Roxinho is actually a tropical hardwood that is considered rare for larger projects however, Liverpool found a way to utilize the wood not only for their company but also for the samba schools in Brazil. Even though the wood is considered a ‘rare’ wood, its also a rejected wood type from the lumber trade in Brazil.
The study shows that “Some species of the Peltogyne genus, the one to that Roxinho belongs, have their wood endowed with violet coloration due to phenolic compounds known as peltogynoids,” which in regular people speak, just means that the color of these sticks comes from the compounds in the wood itself, and not a dye or paint. This is a point of interest for me because not only are these sticks durable, they are also extremely unique. There is no other version of this anywhere else in the world which makes them not only a good choice for those of us looking for durability but also for those of us looking to make a statement with our gear.
I would be lying if I were to say that these are the best sticks ever made. How could I possibly know something like that? How would I even attempt to prove it? So instead, I will say that for me, the Roxinho sticks that Liverpool makes are a contender for new favorite stick type because of their unique visual effects, combined with the same strength and durability I get out of the Japan Oak.