The DC51 is slightly smaller in diameter than the DC50 and features a unique tip that provides maximum articulation. There is a less pronounced "Comfort Flare" than the DC50 to achieve maximum control with the smaller stick.Because of its resilience, responsiveness and durability, hickory is the most commonly used wood for drum sticks. Hickory is the classic drum stick feel. For over 50 years, has been one of the world's leading manufacturers of drumsticks, mallets, and percussion accessories. Owned and operated by D'Addario & Co., the Houston, Texas based produces products used globally by the greatest drummers and percussionists in the world, including Neal Peart, Phil Collins, Simon Phillips, Ringo Starr, and many more. - Make Your Mark.