Re: Pitch-matched sticks - How critical is it?
As Bermuda said, in orchestral work.
At the drum shop I used to work in, the guys who played light jazz were into pitch matching. The concept being at light volumes, you can hear the tonal differences between sticks.
And if you're just working on a practice pad, and trying to get your rolls even, the differences in pitch between the sticks will become apparent given the pads themselves produce very little volume.
But in rock and roll ? forget it. No one is ever going to hear the sticks aren't pitch matched.
When I used to gig a lot in a loud volume band, I bought sticks by the box, and simply just pulled out the next pair when I needed to.