Re: Favorite Drumsticks for Recording/Studio?
Personally, I don't think tip shape matters much except for when you're playing on the hi hat and ride cymbal.
When I change sticks I don't notice a difference in the way the toms sound. Diameter can change the beefiness of a rim shot though.
That being said, I find myself gravitating between the Vater Los Angeles 5A's and the Vater Mike Johnston 2-4-5-1's. The diameter and length is very close so they feel almost the same in my hands. I prefer Mike Johnston's sticks for lighter music because the tip of the stick is much more gentle. For rock I prefer the LA 5A's because of the beefier tip.