I would recommend that you buy drumsticks sized 5A or 5B. Nylon or wooden tip doesn't matter, but nylon tip lasts a little longer. (tip = drumstick's head)
Good drumsticks are within the range of RM25-RM45.
*Caution, don't buy sticks that are too heavy or too thick in diameter (if it is not size 5A or 5B).
If you want to buy cheaper drumsticks:
- check that the drumsticks are straight by rolling it on a flat surface.
- compare it with good drumsticks, not too light n too short. (but generally they are lighter)
Places that i buy drumsticks from: HOP music, Schumann, Yamaha shops in JB and Singapore.
If you're serious about learning drums, best if you buy a good one (for better quality and weight proportion), sticks can last for years.