I have been using these sticks for about a year now. At my local music store these sticks cost me £20 a pair, I couldn't believe it when I saw the price on here. They have a great feel to them and the tips are brilliant for funky hi-hat grooves. When I buy Vic Firth sticks I know the pair are going to be matched and balanced perfectly. They haven't let me down once. I would encourage every drummer to at least try these sticks as in my opinion are much better than standard 5As. I use them for funk, jazz, latin, rock, pop, hip hop, gospel and every other style. Give them a try.