Re: Vic Firth Nova sticks?
The studio I practice at has them for sale, so I've seen a few pairs. They are horribly inconsistent. Weight varies greatly between pairs of the same model, and wood often has more than purely cosmetic faults. Think knots right in the middle of the stick and grains going almost perpendicular to the stick. There might be some good pairs, but you'll probably have to sift through a lot of sticks to find them.