The ME-11 is shaped like a classic kit drumstick, with a slightly rounded butt end 9mm in diameter, which tapers gradually to a 6 mm defined ovoid tip. At just 14 grams, it is a lightweight stick, agile and ideal for rapid playing. Made of tough but beautifully marked makassar wood, 23.5 cm long. Designed for single ended playing but double ended playing could create some interesting effects.
In comparison to the ME-A, this is lighter weight, a bit shorter, and with a finer ovoid shaped tip, see the photo gallery for some photos of the two together.
In comparison to the Snakewood SW 2, the ME-11 has the same length and butt end design and diameter, but the SW 2 has a slightly larger 8mm tip and is heavier, at 18 grams (photos to come soon).
Makassar is one of the hardest and heaviest woods in the world, making it a perfect material for tippers. Note that Makassar is often called “makassar ebony” because the two woods look similar, but it is not ebony. There are two key differences between ebony and makassar: first, ebony is a solid dark colour, nearly black, whereas makassar has a beautiful lighter toned natural striping, and second, ebony is nearly 50% more expensive than makassar.