Re: One or two favorite sticks?
I use Vater 5A's and Vater Fusions the most these days. The Fusions are lightly thicker, but not a huge difference. I use an old Sabian 22" AA medium ride, and I use whichever stick sounds the best on my ride at whatever venue I'm playing at. I also sometimes go with the Manhattan 7A's for very small bar gigs. Nothing strange about having more than 1 favorite stick at all
Mapex Saturn (they're out of this world!)
Vic Firth 2B
Yamaha 700 series hardware