Re: Zildjian stick quality improved since Vic Firth merger?
Unless they've changed greatly, the only sticks worth playing from Zildjian are the birch ones (one of the few makers using birch as well). The Heavy Jazz are an awesome pair of sticks. The tone is bright, but full because of the extra weight. These sticks are 7A diameter but feel like 5Bs. Certainly worth trying if you haven't already