Educator Mike Johnston's 2451 is a great all-around design that can be used in any musical style. It has a grip size between a 5A and 5B with a gradual taper to a barrel tip for ride cymbal definition. The gradual taper gives the model a fantastic and quick feel around the kit.
The 2451 model is available in both Hickory and Sugar Maple. The Sugar Maple version is perfect for lower volume and lesson room type settings, while the Hickory version is the right choice for live and harder hitting performance settings.
"The maple version is lighter and airier than its hickory counterpart, making it a better choice for practicing or for softer playing situations, whereas the firmer hickory model aptly lends itself to heavier hitting. The wood type is the only difference between the two versions, so if you want to swap out the lighter maple for the more durable hickory during a live set, rest assured that the basic feel will remain consistent." - Modern Drummer Magazine