Re: Vic Firth Nova sticks?
I have never tried NOVA sticks, but I have used Pulse sticks from Musician's Friend, which are Vater seconds. They are just like a Vater 5A except for cosmentic flaws (which I like). They lasted me the same as Vater sticks. Then I went to my local drum shop, which was able to get me Vater seconds with no logos at $4.00 a pair. I had to buy a brick of twelve pairs. That is now how I go. Peace and goodwill.
Gretsch Catalina toms and BD / Pacific SX Series (snare) / Sabian / Evans / Vater