I really enjoy these sticks. I used to use 3A wood tips and found that my heads were having to be replaced more often. I switched to these sticks and fell in love with the balance and feel. I perform regularly in an 80's rock & pop band and the sticks can handle the beating. I love Louie, but I wish Zildjian offered this stick without the signature to help bring the purchase price down for working musicians like myself. I have never been happier with a stick.