I just bought a Yamaha 4 piece brand new tour custom maple for 899. at GC. These drums sound better than my 70s Ludwigs. For a 1100. you could get a nice used Yamaha Stage custom, decent used hardware, 2 nice cymbals and hihats.
I have tried every stick size from 5a Maple to Metal, but usually played 5b's. I finally ended up using Vater Assault. These are the best balanced sticks for me, great for light playing and powerfull for loud music.