ProMark started a trend when they introduces the original Rods. Over the years, other companies have tried unsuccessfully to duplicate their unique sound and feel. Voted one of the top 15 percussion products of the last 25 years, the Rods family produces a lower volume than sticks, but more attack than brushes... perfect for a variety of applications. When regular sticks are too loud, and brushes are too soft, Rods are just right. Handmade in the USA of select birch dowels.