Weird. I went through a phase where I was playing primarily really heavy rock and I would get the "extreme" series ones because I thought the extra weight balanced at the end of the stick was helping me hit "harder" with less effort on my part. Usually I'm not at all worried about that, but trust me when I say "heavy" music. Anyway, even that I fell away from. I could tell after some time that at the end of the day, I was still doing more work and stressing my hands trying to hit that hard, even if the extremes averaged out a little louder. So I fell out of that phase and right back into the usual 5b. I'm better off either throwing microphones on or just hoping they adjust to my levels and turn down a bit versus the very slight difference of the longer sticks.Yes, I use Vic Firth 5As and then 5Bs for my AC/DC band, but I like the heaviest 5As and 5Bs I can find. I actually like the 5B barrel tip, because they seem heavier than the regular 5Bs...although they are a tiny bit shorter because of the truncated tip...which doesn’t bother me. But I had got a bonus pair of 5A barrel tips with some regular 5As I bought...and these actually felt too short when I was doing a paradiddle exercise at the drum set—like they weren’t getting to the center of the snare drum or something. Likewise, I tried the VF Extreme 5As, which are longer, and that was weird because the whole drumset now seemed to closer to me. I didn’t like that at all. So I guess I am “stick sensitive”.