I love these sticks... They are my number one choice for sticks... The round tip gives me more feel, less vibration than your standard wood tips... My rolls feel tighter and more defined... All i can say is these are the first sticks out of my bag when playing... I don't play many "very loud" scenes, so the 7a suits the environment... The only problems i've had with these is the round tip wanting to splinter if you miss your head and hit a rim/lug... But that's my error, not the sticks error... Great Sticks, thanks!