This model was designed for and is used by JoAnn Falletta, the conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is intended to be used with a behind-the-collar grip as the thumb nestles nicely into the arch. Not for large hands. Bulb size is 2-1/4 x 5/8 inches. Handles are solid hardwood, varnished and buffed to a matte finish for maximum grip. Shafts are solid hardwood, either painted bright white or unvarnished, natural wood. They are of a uniform width for maximum visibility, with a slight taper at the last two inches. Please specify shaft finish and overall baton length when ordering by using the Special Instructions box on the checkout page. The maximum overall length possible is approximately 17 inches from the base of the handle to the tip of the shaft. Most users prefer a baton in the 14 inch range. If a length is not specified, we will build it to 14 inches. Wood species and color of handle may vary from photo. Hand made in Buffalo, NY and assembled to order in Ithaca NY, USA.