Re: Breaking sticks left and right...
i've had some disturbing results from vic firth when it comes to consistency. when i buy sticks at my local sam ash (5b hickory wood tip) they last about two days max. the tips starts chipping within hours. one stick split lengthwise within about 30 minutes. when i order them from musiciansfriend, they last weeks, and the tips are more durable.
i'm going to experiment with both for a while longer and if the results continue, i might have to change brands. there's something sketchy about that.