Re: Pitch-matched sticks - How critical is it?
It seems to me that pitch-matching probably helps ensure an evenness between a pair of sticks, so from that standpoint, it can't hurt. I know it's a lot of marketing noise, but the VF videos showing how they accomplish all this stuff do impress me. Hey, I'm not made of stone here :) I just think that kind of attention to detail pays off in lots of ways.
That said, pitch-matching is not going to get in the way of me grabbing a new, mis-matched stick out of the bag when I drop one during a performance.