Hi, I am currently in the process of completing my final year mechanical engineering thesis, which compares the dynamics of damped drumsticks (not the chicken ones, the drum kit playing ones!) with those of a conventional, undamped drum stick. I now am up to the point where I need to devise an experiment to measure the intensity/amplitude of vibrations and also the time they take to decay. Where I am having trouble is my inexperience with experimental equipment and know-how. Some issues I can see myself having are; How to support the drumstick? - I figure I can either clamp the stick at either the end or where a drummer would grip the stick, or support it using thin string or wires that are attached to a structure above the stick. Would one of those methods be better than the other and why? Excitation Device - All I can think of is possibly an impact hammer and measure the subsequent reactions of the stick, however I am concerned that this might add a degree of human error. Would this be the best way to excite the stick? I am also having concerns about the weight of the drumstick and it relative light weight, compared to the force it is being struck with. Is there anything else I should look at? What would be the best way to measure the amplitude and rate of decay of the vibrations in the stick?