So, went to the music shop today and decided to pick up a set of 5a maples, normally playing hickory with the only other experience being red hickory. My meridian maples still have the stock pinstripes after a ec2 experimenting gone wrong. I found from the drivers seat that the maple sticks seemed to give more of a nice punchy round tone. Less of that clip right attack that I'm not such a fan of I guess since I hated those resonant choking ec2's. My meridian maple had a coated g2 on it which was another experiment gone wrong which resulted in me using my chad smith since I was too lazy to switch I back to a g1 the past 2 weeks. With the maples, the g2 livened up with a nice round pop and just the perfect amount of resonance and ring. The maples seem to absorb more impact resulting in less rebound but I coul get use to it. Makes me use the fingers a lot more. Overall I think I'm in love with them. Might not be an all around choice of stick but a nice change for now. I always see everyone reference sticks for feel but anyone prefer their stick for the sound they produce?