For the last year or two I've been using Vic Firth 2B's. Played in rock band that required a bit more solid stick, but recently i found that when i played on my Masters BCX the sound of the toms and snare were choked. I figured that perhaps the force and weight of the stick had something to do with it, so i still had 3 pairs of Vater 5B maple sticks lying around (which i used before that and the Todd Sucherman sig stick before that) and decided to give those a try again. And it really opened up the sound! Not to mention that i noticed i played more fluently and that quick snare buzzrolls were a lot more tighter, so i'm back to these sticks again hehe. Might give the Wincent 5B maple sticks a go after i run out of the Vater sticks.