Re: Looking for that Drum Stick
I've had good results using Vic Firth American Jazz series. The AJ5's when I need to play at my quietest and AJ4's when I need a little more volume. Both sticks are nice and long but because they have small diameter shafts(.490" & .520"), you can play quiet without feeling restricted and make fast moves to cymbals without carrying a lot of inertia. And that makes for more controlled cymbal hits without being late with your timing. Now the down side is, I do have to replace them more than the heavier sticks I have. But I really feel it's worth it. I only play at church and the building is pretty small, so control is important. Yet, I can play quiet enough so that there is still plenty of room for dynamics.
Hope this helps.