Re: Alternatives to Steve Gadd signature sticks
There are a few sticks from Vater, that are pretty much matches for a lot of VF sticks.
Check out their site, or a catalog. They may have something with a rounder tip with other same dimensions as the Gadd stick.
The Gadd stick is shorter than 16" also, which may be part of what you like. There are other shorter sticks out there too.