Have you tried the new Vic Firth Freestyle sticks? They are a bit longer, with a longer taper and, I think, a better shaped tip. I'm using the FS55As and I love them.Vic Firth 5B
"More substantial than a 5A, but not overpowering. Medium taper for a great balance."
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