Re: Pro-Mark change?
I have noticed the situation with Vater 5A also.
Thus I prefer choose sticks by manipulating them in the store, both for Pro-Mark and Vater hickory sticks. Recently I could find heavier pairs of Pro-Mark 5A ...but not as heavy as a pair bought some years ago, made of a "darker" wood.
Pro-Mark oak models seem more consistent in their weight and for them I may take a chance to buy online or in a pack.