Re: Pitch-matched sticks - How critical is it?
Like Bermuda said, Orchestral yes, and marching band yes.
But drumset? No.
Think about it, you break a stick on a gig... you grab another one real quick... that one you grabbed probably isn't going to match the pitch of the one in your other hand, right? So who cares.
The only thing I care about with my sticks is are they straight, and is the weight okay.
As long as mine all weight around the same, I'm fine. I like them a little on the heavy side, 3 or 4 lines of grain on the butt-end or less. Any more and the stick will be too light.