Re: Your stick preferences and why.
I have played every major brand of stick over the years.
I like Vic Firth AH5A wood tip maple, AS5A wood tip hickory. (round tips)
Maple for jazz and light Rock. Hickory for harder music.
Vick's sticks are well made, matched and balanced.
The wood tips last a long time, even the maple.
I also like Vater Manhattan 7A nylon tips. They are thin and heavy.
I kind of like old drums:)